A few images from this morning’s photo shoot at Parque Ecologico del Poniente (Eco Park West) here in Merida, Yucatan. This morning it was special, because my fellow photog John accompanied me (and it’s always nice to have company). He was test-shooting my backup camera and lens: the Canon EOS 40D body with the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 VC Di HSM telephoto zoom lens. I’ve bragged about both on more than one occasion. I will be upgrading my camera body to the Canon EOS 5D Mk3 (I currently have the Mk2), and relegating my Mk2 to the role of backup camera. I will also be adding Canon’s venerable EF 70-200mm f/4L USM telephoto zoom lens to complement my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super telephoto (the body and lens I used today to capture these images).
The Great Egret was there, as was the Great Blue Heron (which I missed, but I think John got a couple of terrific shots), a White Juvenile Little Blue Heron (I think) and the ever-present Grackles (who are obnoxious birds related to the Crows and Ravens, but they photograph nice and crisp). I also ‘think’ I saw a Snowy Egret (with its yellow feet), but I didn’t get a shot of it. I also captured a shot of John … a most illusive critter himself.
Finishing our shoot at the park we adjourned to Cafe la Boheme on Paseo de Montejo for morning coffee, cigars and breakfast (John passed on the cigars). Good morning all-in-all and, as usual, I enjoyed myself. Anytime with a camera (and the added benefit of a friend) is a good time indeed. Enjoy the photos mi amigos.
John – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 2000
Grackle – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/6.3 ISO 3200
Great Egret – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 320
Great Egret – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 160
White Juvenile Little Blue Heron (I think) – 400mm, 1/1000s @ f/5.6 ISO 500
White Juvenile Little Blue Heron (I think) – 400mm, 1/1000s @ f/5.6 ISO 320