Milicz Ponds 2017

This weekend I went to Milicz Ponds both on Saturday and Sunday. My main goal was to test Sigma 150-600 lenses I bought and also to check a different spot near ponds which I haven't visited yet. Operating those lenses from hand was quite a challenge - they are big and heavy. Next time I'm bringing tripod and 2x teleconverter (assuming I'll find it...). I saw a lot of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and many smaller birds. A bonus was a few Cranes and Herons although they weren't very friendly. Here are a few shots from those two days.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Saturday was really cloudy and a bit rainy (also cold!), so not pics from this day. Above you have female Great Spotted Woodpecker, below Common Crane. This are far from perfect, but I am happy to capture those at all.

Sunday was much warmer and sunny, a lot more birds were busy eating and singing. And there's always a Tit somewhere.. :)

In this specific location near Ruda Sułowska, I don't usually see Herons, this time there were a few of them, but very far away. And as soon as they saw me they went even further..

I was lucky to see more Eurasian Nuthachers and also something brand new to me - Treecreeper. It's one of two species that look very much alike and can occupy the same territory - either Eurasian Treecreeper or Short-Toed Treecreeper. The easiest way to distinguish them is by their song and I didn't hear any..

New lens

So around two weeks I finally bought Canon 100-400 mm lenses. I've been thinking about it for years, now I am a very happy owner. I already did some trial runs in the field and I am so pleased with results! Lenses are sharp and the image they produced is great. Check out some of the photos. Also 2x extender is on the way, yay!

Owl Mountains

Here are some pics from my short hiking trip to the Great Owl (polish "Wielka Sowa"). When you start from Przełęcz Walimska it's really easy to get to the top (which is 1014 metres in altitude). You can see the path in pink colour.

As you can see below, the weather was sunny and warm (well.. for the autumn), but also windy and partially foggy which gave the nice touch to some of the photos. Enjoy! :)