Are you watching me?

I??ve hired a long lens (the Canon 100-400mm) ready for the Goodwood Racing Revival this weekend. In the past I??ve managed to get some good shots of planes and cars with my 70-200 plus extender but it??s still a bit on the short side for such events and I wanted to try out the alternatives before I consider buying anything. The lens arrived yesterday but my first real opportunity to try it out was this afternoon. I only had limited time so rather than seeking out any cars or planes to practise on I decided to use a rather smaller target ?? the sparrows in our front garden! It took a while before they were brave enough to come to the feeder with me in full view but eventually they settled down and I caught this female House Sparrow queuing up for the feeder on one of the branches. I like her inquisitive expression, as if to say, ??Are you watching me?!? For a first encounter I enjoyed using the lens and I??m beginning to get a feel for its peculiar push/pull zoom. The real test will be tomorrow as I try to capture vintage cars and aircraft at high speed ?? at least they??ll be a bit bigger (and hopefully easier to focus on) than this young lady!

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      2010.09.17 Edited

      Looks like a great lense!
      Excellent shot of this cute bird :)

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      2010.09.17 Edited

      I can see great shots coming our way in the near future! Very nice! Sparrows are so interesting!

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      2010.09.17 Edited

      Wow!!! If this shot's any example of what's in store, you're going to do very well!!!

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      2010.09.17 Edited

      Wonderful capture!! I think you will truly enjoy the lens. I have the canon 400mm fixed and just love it!!

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      2010.09.17 Edited

      Great capture! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your results with this lens, and hearing what you think of it :)

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      Liz
      2010.09.16 Edited

      lovely wee sparrow..good luck with the speedy things!!

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      2010.09.16 Edited

      Very nice you are so good at catching animals and now birds' sweet expressions. Well done.

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      2010.09.16 Edited

      Nice shot - beautifully sharp. I have a Nikon-equivalent lens (80-400mm) and it's fantastic - remarkably sharp for such a long telephoto. I'm sure you'll have great fun with it.

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      2010.09.16 Edited

      Excellent photo Helen : I like it
      And this young lady has a glance an impertinent bit...?