a teatray in the sky

portrait of the kookaburra as a young bird

Posted in 5D Mark II, Animals, Birds, Defrag, Photography by firthefirst on March 23, 2011

this sort of shot is the reason you get a 400mm lens.  amusingly, folks with cheaper cameras have an easier time of getting shots like this, as even a relatively easy-to-find 300mm length lens on a 1.6x crop body will allow you to shoot at a 480mm equivalent.

random thought: birds are actually pretty freaky looking, with the exception of a few species.  between the gnarly claws, the bugged-out eyes, the gritty beaks, and the unnatural musculature, its little surprise that Hitchcock and Poe found them creepy subjects.  super frightening is the way the crest feathers grow out of the skull of peacocks … it just looks wrong.  kookaburras get a pass, they’re way to cute to appear intimidating in any light.  as a human, I think there’s always some fascination with birds because they get to do what all of us dream of doing — flying.


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  1. truels said, on April 8, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Faboulous photo! I love your beautiful photos and you have also some very good equipment;-)
    I have used all my money travelling “down under” for 10 weeks, so it must be later that I’ll get some better equipment myself…

  2. Trev said, on February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the review on the 2×111. You have made up my mind after a lot of dithering. It come with old age. Cracking pictures. It’s not just the equipment. All the best.

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