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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:33 pm 
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I went on vacation a few weeks ago, and my travels took me to the islands of Aruba and Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles, down in the Southern Caribbean sea off the coast of Venezuela. They have a few different birds and other animals than I usually see, and it was a great opportunity to find some new and old subjects. I brought along my Sony A550; on Bonaire I was limited to my 18-250mm zoom, as the weather started off grey and rainy and I was traveling light...on Aruba I was able to whip out the Minolta 300mm F4. Here's some of the selection:

A ruddy turnstone on the seawall in Bonaire:
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A masked booby in flight at sea:
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Green iguanas enjoying the rocks along the sea wall in Aruba:
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This one liked the splashing waves:
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Black-faced grassquit in Aruba:
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This one I believe is a female grassquit:
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A royal tern flyby:
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Blue crabs are everywhere along the Aruba coast:
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Some form of as-yet unidentified dove with some very bold coloration in Aruba:
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I'm not used to seeing brown pelicans in trees, but that's where this Aruban pelican wanted to be:
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These bananaquits are all over the Dutch Antilles islands - as common as pigeons in NY City!:
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The very pretty Caribbean parakeet (also known as brown-throated parakeet):
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And finally, this lovely tropical mockingbird (close cousin to our northern mockingbirds here in Florida) allowed me a good, clean closeup:
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It's fun sometimes to get the chance to photograph birds and wildlife outside of your normal home range!

Comments, critique, or questions welcome.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:00 pm 
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awesome shots Zack.... wish I would have known you were going... could have hooked you up with a local wildlife photographer there who does a lot of work for european add agencies regarding wildlife on those islands... he has some very cool spots and understands the local wildlife behavior as good as anyone down there and is always more than willing to hook up with photographers to show them his home turf. His only quirk is he likes talking to wildlife as he approaches it... LOL it works for him and the animals seem to respond in a possitive way...

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Great shots Zack

That Minolta lens and A550 seem to be a very decent combination :D

I hope anyone who would usually turn their nose up at Sony gear and their 'legacy' lenses take a look at these before they next pass negative comment :roll:

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Thanks Wolf - That would have been cool to have some local guide and knowledge. The birds are pretty abundant there, and I know I only touched at a few of the varied species on the island. It was my 3rd visit, so I may still find my way back again...there are of course many other things to do in Aruba, so I don't just go for the birds! ;)

Thank you Stuey...I agree - many of today's DSLR users need to give some respect to the legacy glass from all the brands - there are some seriously nice optics from the past that can often be picked up for quite a bargain too! Minolta's top-line stuff is as good as anything Sony's G or Zeiss makes today, save maybe for the coatings - and sometimes they're optically better both in detail, sharpness, and importantly bokeh.

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Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses

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last time I was in Aruba I actually had some of those iguanas for lunch in the form of soup :)

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Waiter, there's a lizard in my soup! Oh, wait...that IS my soup. :)

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Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses

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