We need birds to come to us as we can't travel to see them at present! Nice shots!Yet another sign of climate change:
Great white egrets usually live further to the south, esp. during the winter.
But since a few years they move further north and also stay resident here in Franconia.
Good for me, so I can get those pics below. Notice the ducks trying to photobomb this
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Finally got out with a rented RF 800. The birds did not cooperate at a nearby preserve so ironically, the best shot I got was in my backyard. My impressions match those of many reviews. The lens is fine but with the limitations of the minimum focus range and the use of f/11 only, don't see much of an advantage over the 100-400 with a TC. This image will never make a magazine cover, but it is what it is. My plan is to save up for an RF 100-500 someday just to cut out the need for an adapter, gain a little distance, and keep it simple. Then, maybe a 1.4 TC? One other thing which does not matter. When a new image is uploaded to LR, one can see the "rings" from the Fresnel lens for a brief while that then disappear. Not a big deal, I just never used a DO lens before.The 100-400 mm + 1.4xTC is pretty close to the 100-500mm at 500mm. Can’t see myself buying the RF 800.
By coincidence, here is a Shoveller I took with the RF 800 on Saturday. I also used PL4 but it needed further sharpening.