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Went out this past Sunday to the Salton Sea, where normally near the end of July it is sunny and blazing hot, like 108F or above. But we had an unheard of in July monsoon rain come in (normally starts some years near the last of August) and give us more rain in 1 day than in the last 18 months ( still, only 1.4 inches, yes... it is a desert! ) At this time of the year most of the larger waterfowl are gone, but you can always count on seeing Burrowing Owls, as about 70% of California's total population of these owls lives here.

For those that don't know, the owls actually dig into the earth to make a cave and hatch young there. At the Salton Sea southern end are hundreds of farming tracts surrounded by concrete ditches that have water flowing to pump into the fields. The owls dig into the dirt supporting these ditches and thus have a close and consistent source of water.

The parent owls and their just learning to fly siblings were all out enjoying the cool weather and rain. Saw over 20 pairs that had from 1 to 3 siblings. I wanted to shoot at base ISO, and the IBIS & IS did a great job here, keeping the camera steady. 4 of the 5 photos are with the MC-14 added.


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Rain starting, you can see 1" high rain droplet streaks in the next 3 photos
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Juvenile testing his wings
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These two have a new feather coming out at odd angles, but in the same place?
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Parent sitting on a sluice gate handle.
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With my new MC-20 at 800mm and a lot of space between us:
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I am happy.
 

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I'll use my 100-400 f/5 to f/6.3 for indoor animal portraits, said nobody, ever.


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I was shooting birds in trees and had the iso set to 1600 (it's very overcast here today). I then noticed this little fly on the BBQ cover next to me, so I thought I'd test the close focusing ability of the 100-400. I think it would have been better if I'd dropped the iso and had a little more dr to play with, but I think the lens did well

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This lens is superb. No other words needed
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Running dog - action shot
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This Great Tit photo is a 800mm equivalent, 1/200 sec, one handed shot. I had to use my left hand to shade my eyes from the low sun.

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I think that this requires a different IBIS setting - the one-hand mode (mode S-IS4), right? ;)

And knowing Olympus, S-IS5 one handed mode left too :whistling:

I was impressed with the lens IS, which is why I mentioned it being a one handed shot. The lens is quite a lump to hold steady one handed. I wouldn’t normally shoot that way though due to the stress on the lens mount.
 

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M100-400 and MC20

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