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p.1 #1 · Oregon critters at 300mm


I don't currently own anything longer than 200mm and I'm usually shooting with a 50mm or wider.

However...I took the opportunity to rent what I consider the ultimate Canon lens: The 300mm f/2.8 Mark II.
Here are a few I brought back from my Oregon high desert adventure.




























May 11, 2014 at 04:30 AM
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p.1 #2 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Nice pictures taken with good gear.


May 11, 2014 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #3 · Oregon critters at 300mm


An excellent set, thanks for sharing
David



May 11, 2014 at 08:37 AM
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p.1 #4 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Were these at MNWF...if so, how was the water situation? This was a really nice set.


May 11, 2014 at 06:05 PM
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p.1 #5 · Oregon critters at 300mm


These are all extra nice Craig ~ Ron


May 11, 2014 at 09:11 PM
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p.1 #6 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Looks like you exactly know how to handle this lens. Great set!
Chris



May 11, 2014 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Thanks you guys for the nice comments.

Mogul...yes, as well as Hart mountain and Alvord desert. Water is low, and it is very dry down there. They are going in to a 3rd year of drought. If you've ever seen the expansive Warner valley, the whole thing is pretty much dry.



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p.1 #8 · Oregon critters at 300mm


nice job with the 300mm Craig


May 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #9 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Beautiful images. The 300 f2.8 is a great lens yet if you want to photograph wildlife a longer lens will make it a lot easier and less stressful for your subjects

Morris



May 11, 2014 at 11:56 PM
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p.1 #10 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Marvelous set !!

Birdie



May 12, 2014 at 01:10 AM
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p.1 #11 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Here is a report out today about the Malheur NWF and the drought
From: Jerry Broadus
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 6:24 PM
To: Tweeters ; OBOL
Subject: [obol] Malheur is picking up

Last week here was exemplary for its terrible birding weather. Windy, cold every day. Yesterday I had to postpone my Sandhill Crane survey due to poor visibility, not from fog but from sideways blowing snow near Frenchglen. By
10:00 AM it was all gone, clear, and occasionally even warm. Today, Sunday, was beautiful and calm. Weather forecast for rest of week is clear and warm, into the 80's.

Clear and calm brought a distinct uptick to the birding. Not only were the Cranes ready to be counted, but bitterns (2) were calling from open spots on top of canal banks, pelicans using thermals, innumerable rails and soras chattering, Willets, snipe, and curlew in full noisy display, 25 black crowned night-herons, several hundred white-faced Ibis ( the most I have seen while volunteering here the last 5 years), assorted warblers, the first arriving Bobolink male, 4 Lewis' woodpeckers in one tree, a Swainson's Hawk flying below the treetops at headquarters, a posing Lazuli at a feeder, much more.

If coming, remember that Malheur is different every year. The Narrows and Ruh Red Rd are too dry to have much (though there is a burrowing owl about 4 miles down Ruh Red). The north half of the Blitzen Valley is mostly dry, and a time waster. Places for your time: still pretty good in flooded fields and sewer ponds in Burns, but not as good it was in April, Brood ponds and fields at Double O are in excellent shape, Diamond Lane has lots of flooded fields and in good shape, and the south portion of refuge, from Krumbo lane to Frenchglen and Page Springs is excellent-- however you actually have to stop your car, get out, and scope--because the willows and grass is getting too thick for viewing from a moving car. I am often asked by birders where the birds are, right after I saw them drive by dozens I had just scoped. If you know the safe pull-offs along 205 you can do better than the Central Patrol Rd, because the highway is elevated. But still get on CPR for Benson, Dredger, and Knox Ponds.

Most raptors are nesting and hard to see. Compared to last year the spotting for everything, except the Ibis, is a little harder this year, but I am optimistic as things are speeding up now.

Have not had a chance to get to Fields Oasis, but I would try it if I had time.

Just bought a copy of Tim Blount's Harney County Birding Map and have looked it over. I am giving it a big thumbs up, and this is totally unsolicited, (though we are friends). I can see there are still a lot of sites out here I have never birded, Looking forward to using the map.

Jerry Broadus
Puyallup, WA.




May 12, 2014 at 06:58 AM
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p.1 #12 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Really tasty, I like them all. Thank you

Phil



May 12, 2014 at 08:32 AM
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p.1 #13 · Oregon critters at 300mm


Good results from the rental. The IF and the killdeer are my faves.


May 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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p.1 #14 · Oregon critters at 300mm


great variety pack, I love that meadowlark


May 12, 2014 at 07:15 PM





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