long time no see - not posted for a while, but do still pop round from time to time!
I was out and about yesterday testing a camera lens when I came across a bird, but am struggling to identify it. Image quality is quite poor - the bird was a long way away and it's handheld at 560mm.....and it turns out the lens with extender isn't that great either!
Can anyone tell me what it is? Guessing a red kite, but don't really know!
morddwyd: Habitat (or at least where I saw 2 of them), was over mostly open farmland with lakes nearby.
Hard to gauge size. The person I was with said it was too small to be a kite, and the head colour would normally be white.
mbc: Not sure what I was trying to type in my earlier post! The V shape tail is what led me towards thinking it might have been a kite!
I'm assuming that the tail wouldn't fan out at any point (e.g. when landing)?
I've been out today with tripod in the hopes of seeing one again, but it was not to be.
carver: Lens is a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, with a 1.4x extender.
The lens itself does suffer from CA, and combined with the convertor it's all but unusable in high contrast environments. That, combined with AF not working with the extender and no time to prepare the shots, the pictures are pretty shoddy.
I was out yesterday with a tripod and without extender - pictures were quite usable....but no mystery bird!
In less contrasty shots the lens (and photographer!) has produced some good results.