Seeing what’s there…

Finally! The sun made a modest reappearance today. I used the morning light to look in on the local botanic garden. Fifteen years ago or so it was the place to go for easy shots of confiding critters: birds, dragonflies, all kinds of bees, wasps, etc. Now it’s a sterile victim of commercialism and micro-management.

Still, on a good day one can hear Hill Mynas in the distance and possibly catch sight of an Oriental Pied Hornbill. Today I managed only an Asian Glossy Starling (first shot below) under canopy, shot with the SL2 and 90-280mm, and was happy with that.

Bright overcast skies with occasional sun in the afternoon gave me a chance to head out for a walk around the neighborhood with an EOS RP and RF 800mm f/11. The RP is another example of a camera that wasn’t quite good enough for the clickbait carpers, but is plenty good for my purposes.

I had only a brief chance at a distant Brahminy Kite, and the RP’s tracking nailed every shot, one of which is posted below. The lens/camera combo is not blazing quick to acquire focus, but neither is it slow. And once acquired, focus stays locked on.

Sure, the R5 and a big white might do things a little faster. But when something works this well, I see a lot to like. Likewise, two good critter ops in a day may not seem like much, but it’s better than none.

Asian Glossy Starling (SL2/90-280mm)

Brahminy Kite (EOS RP/RF 800mm f/11)