Trying out the new lens

by John Briggs on February 25, 2007

in Weekend Birding

This weekend, we took out our new Canon 100-400mm F4-5.6 L IS USM lens mounted on our [tag]Canon Rebel XTI[/tag] DSLR for some [tag]birding[/tag]. Our main objective was the Barrows Goldeneye that has been frequenting the Saco River, but it was uncooperative.

So instead, we traveled our regular loop, first starting at [tag]Cape Porpoise[/tag] and finishing up at [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag]. Common Loons seemed to be the dominate species, followed by Common Goldeneyes and Common Eiders.

When coming up Water Street in [tag]Saco[/tag] just before sunrise this morning, a very large Coon waddled across the street looking like he needed a few Weight Watcher sessions. This fella was no smaller than a medium sized dog and I estimate weighed between 40 and 50 pounds! We left him go his way without any photos because of the very poor early morning light.

We did spy the Barrows Goldeneye just above the dam near Pills Electric, but it was just to far away for a quality photo. I did snap a few pictures for positive ID purposes.

We met with Bob Malbon at Cape Porpoise, but the activity of the [tag]lobster[/tag] men kept the [tag]birds[/tag] at bay.

Our rounds brought forth the following pictures, which may be viewed full sized by clicking the corresponding thumbnail. I am very happy with the new lens and look forward to becoming more familiar with it and taking some fantastic photos to share with you.


Common Loon in the harbor at Cape Porpoise, Maine. Common Loon, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Male and Female Old Squaw (Long-Tailed Duck) Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Seagull Wing-Stretch, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Seagull In Flight, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Male Downy Woodpecker - Biddeford, Maine.
Female Common Goldeneye - Camp Ellis, Maine. Male Common Goldeneye - Camp Ellis, Maine. Male Common Goldeneye In Flight - Camp Ellis, Maine.
Female Red Breasted Merganser - Camp Ellis, Maine. Female Red Breasted Merganser - Camp Ellis, Maine. Daylight Moon - Camp Ellis, Maine.

A photography exhibit, [tag]Wildlife[/tag] of York County, to benefit the York County [tag]Audubon[/tag], will be held at the Heart of Biddeford Gallery, 205 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine from March 16th through April 14th, 2007. Opening reception will be March 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hours of the exhibit is Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Photography is by Bob Malbon and Mike Gerstner.

Happy birding!


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