29 March 2017
Teleconverter déjà vu
One of my (many) faults is that I appear destined to constantly repeat the same mistakes over and over again...........
I was trying to photograph some Black Scoters in one of the harbours to the north of Onuma. I had the teleconverter on, I've missed quite a few shots over the last couple of years because of too much reach but I thought the ducks were not so close so why not...............nothing else seemed to be happening.
An Osprey flew over...............cue lots of identical hovering shots like these............
At this point I could have taken the teleconverter off but I didn't because a) it was a bit windy, b) I'm lazy and c) 99 times out of 100 the Ospreys give up and move on without doing anything.
Unfortunately this was the 1 time in 100 when they do something..............it dived right in front of me.
It must have been less than 8 meters away.
I had no chance at 700mm on a APS-C camera (and actually probably the bare 500 may have been too much as well) At least I got a couple of shots with its face in focus. Nor did it emerge with a big wriggling fish.............we both kind of failed. Still, it was by far the closest I've ever been to an Osprey and was pretty exciting despite the teleconverter frustration.
I have unfinished business with this Osprey.