This is at the extreme end of the zoom range so it is not as crisp as I would like, but I thought it was still pretty amazing considering I was all the way across a street and half a parking lot from this Eurasian Collared Dove. In fact, I had assumed this was a Mourning Dove until I got home and downloaded the pictures.
Here's my little friend, the Cassin's Kingbird, enjoying his customary lunch spot in the mini-vineyard. I'm shooting from inside my car about half a parking lot away.
I think he's spotted something...
...and yes! Mmm...a delicious bug. He's quite the expert hunter - I wish he'd come to my yard and make a dent in the bug population here.
Now...what about dessert?
That was it for my lunch hour - clouds rolled back in and it started to look like rain again. However, later in the day, I found the grounds clean up crew out in the field at my son's school:
The crows were out in force and they were chasing most everyone else away...including the rabbits...so I couldn't get any shots of the blue birds or swallows. Every time I'd get one in my sights, a crow would chase it away! That's one of the many reasons I'm not normally a big fan of crows, but this is such a quintessential crow pose that I had to share it.
I was shooting from about two thirds of a soccer field away and from that distance, I thought these were maybe juvenile crows because they just looked like black blobs to the naked eye.
When I got home and looked at the photos, I realized they were European Starlings.
They even brought their kids along!
I actually had to ask for help identifying this bird - never occurred to me it was a juvenile. Duh.
The only other birds that stuck around in spite of the crows were the House Finches.
"Do you MIND? I'm trying to eat dinner in peace!"
While the boys were out at the snack bar, the ladies were arriving to take their seats for the game. The goal post works perfectly!
Although keeping your footing on the net when the wind is blowing takes some practice!
Okay, everyone is seated. Let's get the game underway!
All in all, I'm pretty happy with my first test run. There's definitely some room for improvement, but considering that I'm still figuring out where all the buttons are and what they do, not too bad!