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September 12, 2014


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathy, thanks for your suggestions!


When evaluating a lens for wildlife be sure to look for how

1)it focuses .. Speed and accuracy
2) keeps the focus for moving subject
3) vibration control if you are not using tripod.

Not sure? Look at dpreview.com for unbiased evaluation, sometimes more info than you wanted!

PS thanks for the information about feeders.. Still waiting for "two" tomorrow will be second day

The Zen Birdfeeder

good luck, Joyce. Let us know what you get and be sure to post your pictures on our Facebook page!

Joyce Conley

Very timely post for me. I have been saving up for a "longer" lens. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a 55-250 lens. I'll remember your comments when I actually purchase my next lens. Thanks!

The Zen Birdfeeder

It sure did make a difference for me, Daniel. I know there's a site out there called borrowlenses.com that rents just about anything you can think of!

Daniel LaFrance

Trying out different lenses before you decide to purchase is invaluable. Renting is also an option before spending and investing your hard earned dollars.

Great topic and post

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.