I received my new, used nikkor 17e II teleconverter the other day and wanted to check it out on the 400mm 2.8. Supposedly give me 70% more reach with little optical loss.
I convinced Ken to come up to San Jacinto with me today. Actually it didn't take a lot of convincing.
It was around this time that we ran into my friend Larry Moskovitz, all around great guy and very experienced and accomplished bird photographer.
postscript: Mark Chappell ( Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at UCR) says that the other bird (on the bottom), which he also photographed, is actually a juvenile ferruginous. thank you, Mark!
I flubbed my shots and I am sure that theirs are much better so
They both dived (dove?) and nailed something on the ground, displaying behavior much like the Swainson hawk Leslie and I saw up in Yellowstone.
|Mark Chappell from UCR emailed me to tell me that I had misidentified this bird. Appreciate the heads up.|
|red tailed juvenile|
But saw some beauties.
This kestrel was huge. Merlin size.
Saw this yellow breasted chat. Or at least I thought it might be. Might be a yellow rumped or Audubon's warbler instead upon further inspection. (ed. pj says it is a Yellow rumped or Audubon's warbler. thanks pj.)
Photographed this Nuttal's woodpecker. I also think the lens combo needs more micro adjustment. Seems to be front focussing a touch still. Almost but not quite there.
A badass little loggerhead shrike.
And then to the piece de resistance. We drove out to the Walker Ponds, chasing these little mountain bluebirds from fence post to fence post.
Such a lovely hue, beautiful bird.
Then we saw it. A bald eagle, I think a third year juvenile, eating its feathered prey atop a power pole.
I took a lot of shots and will take the time to peruse. In any case had a really great day.