The Sweet Little Old Lady From Boston… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Sweet Little Old Lady From Boston...

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This image was created with the hand held Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens, 1.4X III TC, and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop off the blue sky: 1/2500 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

The Sweet Little Old Lady From Boston…

After a very good first morning at the Venice Rookery on the sold out Southwest Florida IPT the group enjoyed a nice lunch at Applebee’s. As the group assembled to await directions to our afternoon location a very nice little old lady with grey hair walked by. “Please excuse me” she said sweetly with an obvious New England accent. “Are you from Boston?” I asked with the intention of setting her up. “Yes, of course,” she said.

With a big smile on my face I said, “Too bad about the Patriots.” As she walked past me she gave me a gentle punch on my upper arm and with a smile on her face she said, “You little sh*t you. My son has been crying for three straight days.” So much for setting her up!

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Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens. The 300 f/2.8 L IS II with the 1.4X III TC is a killer flight combination.
1.4X III TC. The new Series III 1.4X was designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
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8 comments to The Sweet Little Old Lady From Boston…

  • Arla: The south end of the rookery (left side as you face the island) is good in afternoon if you have a long enough lens.

  • Well, being a Bostonian myself, I can only say that you got what you deserved ! 🙂

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Just like pretty boy Brady and can do no wrong Belichick got what they deserved :). The only that that bugs me about the Patriots is that all the genius sportscaster want to make Belichick Coach of the Year and give the team the Super Bowl trophy the first week of the season without them having to play any of the games. Go blue!

  • avatar Mike

    Was there last year for first time in 3 years, one thing about cutting the trees down is you
    can shoot from the backside in late afternoon/evening. I had a 800mm from Cps and it worked
    out great. Was the Great Horned Owl still in the nest on the radio tower?

  • avatar Maggi Fuller

    Is it a real Rookery – i.e. with Rooks? Very bad luck to disturb a Rookery…. so they say here in the UK!! Ugly, noisy, messy and hated by farmers, nevertheless an extremely intelligent bird.

  • avatar Arla

    I thought the Venice Rookery had trees cut down which affected the bird population there several years ago. Has it recovered?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Non-native trees were removed two years ago. Photography is a bit more difficult as what was mostly a large green backdrop is now a trailer park with white and yellow double wides….