Monday, April 2, 2012

Wildlife Photo: The Chinese Bulbul with a Sigma 50-500mm Lens

Here is a practice shot taken with the Sigma 50-500mm lens at 500mm.

The Chinese Bulbul ( Pycnonotus sinensis ) is a bird I've posted here before.

This shot was taken en route to the Okukubi River in Okinawa, Japan.

That's got to be my favorite spot for Photographing waterbirds, because I can walk to the place.

That Sigma lens gets fairly heavy when you're out for a few hours so, I haul it in my backpack.

The Pentax gets an 18-250mm lens until I get near my shooting destination.

While hiking, the camera is in a holster and I can grab it in a split second if needed.

As soon as I'm within a few minutes walk of the river, out comes the big Sigma.

I stretch that lens out as far as it will go just to take some practice shots.

This was my first photo taken on March 29, 2012 and there are a few hundred more waiting.

This week I'll just be doing some quick blog posts because I'm using one of those WiFi spots.

There's a bunch of giggling, yapping high school girls in here.

They make more noise than a whole flock of those noisy Chinese Bulbuls so, I'm outta here !


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10 comments:

Easy Hiker said...

We're outdoors most of the time during our holidays but 've never successfully taken an exciting wildlife picture. Have to keep trying. This is such a simple subject but I'm sure not easy to catch.

RyukyuMike said...

Easy Hiker,
Lots of patience goes a long ways with critters and kids, I always say !

Sabrina said...

That must have been hard to get. We spent an hour or so trying to take pictures of hummingbirds once :)

Jessica said...

He looks so relaxed hanging out there. Great picture!

RyukyuMike said...

Sabrina and Jessica,
THese are fairly skittish birds so, it takes a few more snaps of the shutter than you probably think. They do make good practice shooting for when I go after the big birds, though.

Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

another beautiful picture - love coming to see your pics every Friday!

LadyE said...

Great capture. Yes, patience is the key :)

RyukyuMike said...

Becca and LadyE,
THanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm a bit slow catching up with everyone these days, as I've become wireless, internet-wise and have to go to a WiFi spot like a real traveler, these days !

HikeBikeTravel said...

Lucky you having a big lens like that for those animal and bird shots. I'm trying to decide what other lens to save for - I have a macro and an 18-200.
Great shot and I totally get how much patience you need.

RyukyuMike said...

HikeBikeTravel,
Yeah, I know the feeling. It's always tough deciding which lens is worth the next few thousand dollars you don't have to spend on your favorite camera gear !