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Little Stint

Little Stint

Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon, UK. 20 August 2016
EOS 7D mk II & EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. 1/640 sec f8 ISO 1600

The forecast for this morning wasn't too good, but it still seemed worthwhile giving my local reservoir Farmoor a go, in the expectation that the two Little Stints would still be present on the causeway where they had been for a few days. Arriving a little later than originally planned, a couple of other birders helpfully pointed them out to me as I had managed to walk straight past them! I then found I had forgotten a vital piece of equipment - the tripod & head, but I tried a few shots anyway and quickly concluded it was worth going back to the car to get it, along with my new "toy" - the Canon EF 100-400 USM II lens.

Having had it for only a couple of weeks, this was it's first outing for birds, and it proved to be ideal for the stints that were amazingly tame at times, coming well inside the 3.5m close focus distance of my 400mm DO lens. At their closest approach, a focal length of 400mm was too much, so the ability to zoom out was also very useful (generally unheard of in my experiences of bird photography!). With this low camera angle, and the moss growing on the concrete reservoir bank, the bird almost looks to be on its breeding habitat of tundra! This new lens also gave really sharp images as well.

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