Ann and I took a ride to Spring Creek Park this Thursday morning. We were looking for the arrival of migratory birds. They are still slow in coming, but saw the arrival of the first Double-crested Cormorant of the season, so I guess that is a start. We watched an Osprey hunting up and down the waters. It took me by surprise and caught a fish, but I tracked it and I saw it land in a tree. Fortunately, it was nearby and I was able to hand-hold my new Canon 70D with a 100-400mm zoom lens. The first shot is of him perched, then I took the second shot as he began to fly off. Then I was lucky enough to catch him in flight.
Farther on as we drove around the horse-shoe drive in the park, we looked across the water and saw four Great Egrets in the trees. At that point the water is about 300-400 yards wide. I propped my Canon 7D with the 500mm lens and tele-converter on my window sill to try for the shot. I really thought it was to far for a quality image, but my state of the art Canon equipment performed as advertised. Here is the result. By the way, it is also tightly cropped for composition.
As always, these images were post processed through Photoshop applications. Click on any picture to see an enlargement.