A classic old lens

Osprey

Someone has very kindly lent me his old 400 f5.6 lens and I tried it out at the weekend. I’d always wondered about this ‘classic’ old birding lens.

6 species of waders near Yakumo but the 400 wasn’t quite long enough for any decent shots.

Sanderling

But in this hot weather it was a relief not to be carrying one of the big whites.

And this Osprey was close enough at least……………

Osprey

The quietest of quietest months

Osprey

July is always a quiet month in south Hokkaido and for various reasons July 2021 has been even quieter than usual.

It’s been really really hot too. Last Sunday it was foggy in the morning which provided temporary relief. Not great for photos but juvenile Ospreys were practicing fishing and the first of the ‘autumn’ waders were passing through.

Sanderling, Red-necked Stint

Too late

Osprey

As we pulled into a beachside car park there were 2 Ospreys fishing inshore very close. I grabbed my camera and didn’t really have time to adjust the settings.

Osprey
Osprey

Not too bad but the shutter speed was too slow and I was in crop mode. If I had been waiting for a while in this spot I may have been ready. Next time, next time.