Who doesn't love a good twitch? Ever since a rare Loggerhead Shrike was spotted Wednesday a steady stream of birders have been making their way up the valley to Hope. Hope Airport is famous for producing 'good birds' and this time was no exception. It's also a good excuse to catch up with fellow birders and share some yarns.
I spoke to a few long-time birders, one of whom had been waiting a 'mere' forty years to tick a BC Loggerhead. Another life long birder told me he had been looking fifteen years to add it to his Canada and BC list. It was a big deal to everyone who came, be it with bins, scope or camera.
|Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)|
D7100 500mm F4 and 1.4 converter. ISO 800
|Finally the sun came out for a few minutes otherwise it was overcast.|
Nikon D7100 and 500mm F4 with 2x converter.
|Pic #3 Tamron 150mm-600mm on the D7100.|
Nikon 500mm F4 and 2x Converter
|Loggerhead Shrike taken handheld at 357mm which equates to 2000mm on the cropped sensor of the Nikon P900. I originally bought the lens to shoot video but as you see it does a great job of stills.|
See next blog for a few more shots with the P900.
"It's never too late to start birding"
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