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Pelagic Trip, October 23, 2011
The Search for the Elusive Pink-footed Goose, October 26, 2011
Testing a Minolta 500mm Autofocus Reflex Lens, Oct 30, 2011
The weather was lousy the days preceding our trip with 2-3 metre seas but the weekend turned out
fine. Although the forcast was for calm seas, of less than one metre, the conditions 20 miles off
shore seemed more like 1-2 metre seas. Finding a photographic focus with the boat constantly
bobbing up and down and rolling and tossing from side to side with the birds manuevering up and
down and side to side........well, it's a challenge to say the least. At least 80% of my photos had
unuseable focus. My best bird photograph of the day was the Northern Gannet.
Fourteen brave souls plus crew ventured forth with dissapointing results. Unfortunately late October
is too late for a pelagic trip as most of the birds had already headed south. Our best birds were
Pomarine Jaeger(1) and Northern Fulmar(6) plus the more common birds.
My thanks to Dave Currie for organizing this trip and the two previous trips and for being chief chum
butcher. This task should be rotated among the participants.
Here's a few of our brave crew,
ready and willing for an exciting
adventure on the high seas.
Should we falter here's our
rescue boat the CCGS Sambro
docked at the Coast Guard Base
at Sambro Harbour.
The Canadian Coast Guard base
at Sambro Harbour, seen as we
depart the harbour.
An early morning view of the
Sambro Light on Sambro Island.
This is the oldest original
working light in North America.
An older light in the USA is
actually a rebuild whereas the
Sambro Island Light is the
Great Shearwaters picking off the
chum bits in our drifting wake.
Great Cormorants on Sambro
Island are transients.
Double-crested Cormorants nest
here as do Arctic Tern, Black
Guillemot and possibly Roseate
The juvenile Northern Gannet was my best photograph of the trip.
Once again I ventured forth to photograph the extremely rare Pink-footed Goose at Windsor, Nova
Refractors, invented by Galileo, are by far the best telephoto lenses designs but they are limited
secondly as it happens with the largest refractors attempted for astronomy they actually sag
under their own weight and lose focus. Reflecting mirror designs, invented by Newton, are much
I find that carrying large refractors causes my hip to become sore or my neck to strain so I needed
a light reflecting(reflex) telephoto lens for longer hikes and casual walks. Minolta was the only
designs have lousy sharpness and pathetic contrast. I tried several models including the much
vaunted Questar 90. The Minolta AF 500mm F8 has turned out to be a delightfull surprise with
good contrast and acceptable sharpness. Problem solved!
The Great Blue Heron on the left was
photographed with the Minolta AF
500mm F8, seen above
American Coots at Sir Sandford Fleming Provincial Park, Nov 6, 2011
The American Coot is uncommon in the park but there were three present for a time this fall.
Our Navy at Play, off Duncan Reef, Oct 30, 2011
White-breasted Nuthatches, Oakridge Provincial Park, November 5, 2011
The White-breasted Nuthatch is a common denison of this park.
combinced to create some interesting photos.