Ottawa Bird #243 – Clay-Colored Sparrow

Two good things happened today, I was out testing my newly acquired Tamron 150-600 mm zoom lens with lens stability built in.

I am always a bit skeptical about new low cost lenses that make promises usually the equipment never lives up to the hype. Well I must admit in this instance I am dead wrong, the Tamron lens exceeded my expectations. Granted today was a bright sunny day and high f-stops were possible but the sharpness is undeniable.

Take for instance my image of a bird I’d never seen in Ottawa, the Clay-colored Sparrow. the image is straight out of the camera with no sharpening or processing. Both cropped about 75%.

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As we walked out we found a Common Yellowthroat nest and looked inside. Rick noticed a Cowbird egg mixed in with the Yellowthroat’s, gently he removed it and we moved on. Dad nervously watched us leave.

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On our way home we checked the shorebird habitat on Brophy, finding a Red-necked Phalarope feeding in the shallows.

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Both the images of the Phalarope and Yellowthroat were taken at 600mm F/11, super images and quality.

Ciao for now.

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One Response to Ottawa Bird #243 – Clay-Colored Sparrow

  1. Rick Poulin says:

    I put my name in for a 150-600 today at Henry’s. I am number seven on the list. They hope to have the lenses in by the end of June. Lets hope!

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