My father and I birded the Ingham/Eaton/Ionia area with hoping to pick up some early migrants. Cranes are making themselves known. We managed a few nice birds, including 2 Red-shouldered Hawks in Ionia along with at least 5 Bald Eagles. My "new" 300mm f4 lens got its first workout in sub-par conditions, but performed better than I had hoped. Below are a few shots from today. The birds were far away and the conditions were garbage, but I can see some potential in this lens.
|The second Red-shouldered Hawk of the day. At the distance this was taken, and the overcast conditions, I am quite happy.|
|A young Bald Eagle soaring over the road in Ionia County.|