Canon 100-400 MK2

Before jumping ship to Sony, my favourite lens of all time was the Canon 100-400.

It never let me down.

From humidity to cold, it performed every time and I would still have it today but for the nose factor from the camera body.

Out for a picnic with my Ruth, we sat next to the river in Kirkby Longsdale.

As we sat, a young grey heron flew in to fish on the river.

Not knowing it would accommodate me in the experience, I followed it down the river waiting for it to catch a fish.

After a short time it locked onto a fish and strike! Its head hit the water. Using Spot Focus and a High Burst frame rate of 10 a second, the frames rolled off.

It came up, eyes focused down the length of its beak, and shook the small fish around for 20 seconds or more.

Then turning it to swallow, it had gone.

The same thoughts I had had hundreds of times passed through the brain cycle. Was it in focus? Was the small square on the fish? Was the shutter fast enough to capture the detail?

My skill, anticipation and Canon had done it again, but there were many times it didn’t have the same outcome.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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