Lack of personal space almost everywhere here in the ant farm is probably eighty percent of the reason I resumed bird photography here. More on that next time I feel like writing another rant.
With tourism back in full force, even some of the less overrun parks and gardens here can be unpleasantly populated. For all its obvious warts, underscored at the entrance by the presence of a van from a chemical and environmental testing laboratory, the mud flat generally affords a bit of elbow room.
And occasionally some birds, as it did today. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that lately I’ve been needing to crop my critter shots at 100%, even the ones for Instagram. The fact that I can do it is a sign that I’m using good optics. And the fact that I must do it is a sure indicator that I need longer glass.
At this point, anything long, not slow, not made in china, and with analog focus, could be under consideration. Having felt a little tired at the end of an undulating eight-mile walk with the 180 APO/2X in the middle of the day, I’m not sure a 280 APO is the best idea. Crops at 100%? Well, as long as it works . . .