#474 Sedge Wren

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I spent the morning in Prospect Park with the Brooklyn Bird Club, but apparently the action was in Central park where Starr Saphir’s NYC Audubon walk found a Sedge Wren on the Great Hill, a relatively rare bird for New York. I didn’t get the news until I got home around 2:00 P.M. but the bird was still there when I arrived at 3:45:

Small Brown Bird in Weeds


Moth Monday at Fort Tilden: Lucerne Moth

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I spent yesterday wandering around Fort Tilden, Jacob Riis Park, and Floyd Bennett Field with the Brooklyn Bird Club. Moths were everywhere. Most of them were large, skinny, and well hidden. They’d flutter up in front of you as you walked through the grass, then disappear into the grass where they’d hide behind a blade of grass. However I did manage to track a few to their resting place. Usually this would immediately spook them again, but I did get decent shots of a couple including this Lucerne Moth:

Gray brown moth in grass

Nomophila nearctica, Hodges#5156
Fort Tilden, Queens, 2009-10-04

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I’m still looking for a good, general purpose lens with an emphasis on nature shots so I rented a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM for 10 days. That was too long. Within 20 minutes, it was obvious this was not a good lens. It’s incredibly blurry at all lengths from 70-300mm and all subject distances. It’s decidedly inferior to the cheaper Tamron 28-300, which, while not satisfying me, does well on at least some subjects. If the Canon works on anything, I didn’t find it. Besides general lack of sharpness, it also had very poor close focus and was too long at the short end to do decent portraits. If this lens is good for anything, I didn’t notice it.

The results are vaguely plausible if you reduce the size of the image, which tends to sharpen things up:

three turtles