Male Violaceous Trogon. Photo by Eduardo Libby

Three not-so-rare birds and the Panasonic-Leica 100-400 MFT lens

After my previous post about the Panasonic Leica 100-400 mm for Micro Four Thirds cameras, where the shooting conditions were kind of tough, I felt I should do a follow-up with other bird photos I’ve made with this wonderful lens in better light.

The nesting Eurasian Coot was among the first birds I photographed with the 100-400 mm in Dorset, UK. I wasn’t really trying to do wildlife photos that day but, since I had in my bag…

Eurasian Coot. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Nesting Eurasian Coot. Dorset, UK

 

Back in my country, I was driving on a country road when I spotted a Stripe-headed Sparrow. I approached it using my car as a blind and was able to do some photos before a rainstorm had me rolling up my window in a haste.

 

Stripe-headed Sparrow. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Stripe-headed Sparrow and approaching storm. El Rodeo, Costa Rica.

 

Silent, electronic shutter is a blessing when photographing birds up close. This Violaceous Trogon was perched, facing away from me, on a branch above the road. I walked quietly underneath the bird, with my camera already at eye level, turned around very slowly and had a lot of quality time with this colorful forest bird. Impossible to do carrying a big lens on a tripod, believe me!

 

Male Violaceous Trogon. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Male Violaceous Trogon. El Rodeo, Costa Rica

 

The photos are out of camera jpegs (Olympus cameras do a great job here). I only increased slightly the contrast of the Sparrow photo.

This lens has become my walk-around wildlife lens, a designation normally reserved for small normal zoom lenses. This lightweight telephoto zoom deserves this title.

Are birds easy to approach in your locality?

 

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