As stated in my previous Hartsholme blog entry I am the proud owner of the 70-200mm f2.8 VR II Nikon AF-S lens and that I had ordered the TC 17E II (1.7x) teleconverter but it hadn’t arrived. The following Wednesday after the visit I got a call from London Camera Exchange in Lincoln that the teleconverter had arrived.
So the following Saturday (last weekend) I went to try out the 70-200 +1.7x which gave me an effective aperture of 4.76 with an actual aperture of around f4 (from a depth of field point of view).
So what shots did I get?
As I stated in my last post, this is a great time of year for bird photography as there is a lot of action as the various species mark territory and select mates. Here me have a male Mallard duck chasing off another male Mallard:
There were also a pair of Tufted ducks swimming around and diving for food, I saw some tufted ducks the weekend prior but couldn’t get close enough, the extra reach of the 1.7 TC allowed me to capture them:
There were also a pair of Cormorants, one was there at the start of my visit and second one arrived:
The one at the back of the picture (with the browner plumage) is younger than the foreground Cormorant.
After sitting on the branch together for some time they decide to go into the water. I didn’t see them enter and from a distance I though that they were Crested Grebes until I took the picture that is:
As you can see the one of the left is about to take off.
Finally, there were a number of black-headed gulls around although less than before which means it’s getting warmer and Spring is finally upon us:
I like this picture as there are two birds in focus while the other birds all at various points of focus.
All in all it was a very rewarding trip with lots to see and the extra reach of the TC17-E II made all the difference.