New lens! - Panasonic 100-400mm zoom
The lens arrived after dark so I wasn't able to try it out until the next day late in the afternoon. A cold, dark rainy day but it did produce water droplets. I'll have to get a feel for depth of field on this long lens. The leaves were quite close to other vegetation; the background is pretty quiet and undistracting under the circumstances.
After lunch, I walked around a nearby park with two lakes. This seagull was my first good subject. Thick clouds and very low light levels made for mediocre pictures today. This gull was better lit than most subjects. Today's pictures were taken with the camera on a monopod for stability.
Green herons are much harder to photograph than some other herons and egrets. This one was resting in a willow tree at the edge of the lake. I used manual focus with focus peaking to get the bill in sharp focus. In hindsight, I think I should have gotten the wing feathers in sharp focus instead. Any day I see a green heron is a good day though.