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?


4 thoughts on “Three not-so-rare birds and the Panasonic-Leica 100-400 MFT lens”

  1. Wow, Eduardo! Lovely stuff! I’m going to follow you to learn. Thanks for your comment on my first little attempts to wean myself off my binoculars and – after decades – take some pictures. I see trogons in KwaZuluNatal in South Africa and I saw one in Malawi, but no pictures. Yet!

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