Popped into the kitchen, Tuesday morning, for another cup of Java. Out of the corner of my eye, spotted an urban Sparrowhawk feeding on a Dunnock. Not sure whether it’s a female, or a first year immature.
Sod the coffee! Ran upstairs grabbed my camera, even though I expected it not to be there when I got back. Grabbed my EOS 1DX, popped my 400mm F5.6, grabbed a 1.4 converter, plus my Berleback mini wooden tripod, and shot back to the kitchen.
Bit of a baptism of fire for my new/old 400mm, shooting through a kitchen window, covered in rain, on a dull, dull day!
Got back, it was still there, wow. Started shooting and even had time to do a little bit of video, as well. Ended up shooting at 2,500 ISO, but as you can see, noise is minimal. The first shot was shot on the 400mm, on its own, the other three pictures I added a 1.4 MKIII converter – just to add another test to the 400mm. I think for a lens designed, and first released in the 1990′s, it’s a damn fine lens.
The Sparrowhawk stayed around feeding for five minutes, before starting to look up, and around. Ultimately, harassed away by a carrion crow.