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Finally got around to putting the 500 F4 P to some real work after many months. Got to Conowingo Dam, which is on the Susquehanna River less than an hour north of Baltimore. Lots of birds congregate for the fish on the downstream side of the dam, including eagles, herons, cormorants and tons of vultures. Last year I went about third week of November, which is around the peak.
I used the 500 by itself for most of the time, but the last few minutes I added the TC-301 for 1000mm focal length. From my observation, any loss of quality is probably more than made up by the ability to see those faraway subjects very clearly through the viewfinder at 1000mm, which helps in focusing.
These images are crops, all at 1000mm. The first two are at the dam, which from google maps is about 1100-1200 feet away and is diagonally across the river from where the tripods and the graybeards line up. I am sure my beard will turn fully gray trying to get up to their skill level
Eagle and Heron in peaceful coexistence:
A few minutes later, the eagle had grabbed the heron's spot.
And this heron is on the rocks at Rowland Island, which is in the middle of the river, and about 500-550 feet distance.
Like Curtis says, it was indeed kind of fun to watch the heron and its blue beak color come into focus through 1000mm of glass
Will need to repeat this trip in November, when the birds, especially the eagles, are at their peak number. Of course at that time parking and tripod space is a bit more limited