What comes to mind when you hear the word “zoom?”

Maybe the word brings back memories of the kid’s television show that my son used to watch; the one where they spoke Ubbi Dubbi.  (And don’t even get Jodi over at Life In Between started on that, but do check out her blog – it’s a favorite of mine!)

Or perhaps when you hear the word “zoom” you immediately think of a Mazda commercial, and then have to say it twice.

Well, when I hear the word “zoom,”  it makes me thankful for my Canon SX50HS.  It has a lot of zoom and is great for bird photography.  Oh, I know it’s not a major league fancy camera, basically just a powershot on steroids, but it allows me to capture some shots I would otherwise miss.

Like this afternoon.  I was outside and saw a flash of wings in my neighbor’s yard.  When I zoomed in, I was thrilled to discover that it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.



I love how his markings (you can tell its a male by the red chin) are more vibrant against the gray sky.

And if you’re in the market for a camera, and you like to take bird pictures, consider a Canon’s SX50HS – I think you’ll love it!

10 thoughts on “Zoom!

  1. I had the exactly same thought when I saw your title. Not kidding, I use that camera much more than our fancy Canon with many heavy lenses. The zoom is awesome. Here you captured great pictures of the Sapsucker!

    1. I know what you mean. I have a Canon t3i with a couple of lenses and I like using it for flowers and landscape type pictures, but I am addicted to the SX50 for birds. I am not patient enough for a tripod, and love how portable this little camera is.

  2. One of my birding friends has a Canon SX50, and I marvel at the shots he gets of the same birds that I’m shooting! Haha. Great pictures by the way, and what a treat to see a Sapsucker!

    1. I had researched cameras and decided on this one…then…when I saw that Lillian Stokes (from the Stokes Field Guide books) used this one, that sealed the deal.

  3. Great shots! I am amazed you got these without a tripod! ❤️💜💚
    BTW, this bird’s name sounds like something I’d invent. Hehe! 😉

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