Hanging Out with Queen Elizabeth

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time hanging out with Queen Elizabeth, and I must say, it was wonderful!

Now, before you label me a lunatic or dub me a fabricator of falsehood, let me confess that I borrowed Her Majesty’s name and assigned it to my latest lens – a fresh out of the box 300mm f/4 fixed lens. (Btw – I know I am learning a little about photography because those numbers are starting to make sense to me now!)

I haven’t had a ton of time to get fully acquainted with this new lens, but I’ll go ahead and share ten photos of birds that seemed more than happy to pose for a picture. Perhaps they knew they were in the presence of royalty!

Female Pine Warbler

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Bluebird

Pine Siskin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Male Pine Warbler

Typically, when I take pictures of my backyard birds, I use a 100-400mm lens that I affectionately call Beowulf. I’m pretty sure he and Queen Elizabeth are going to get along famously!

9 thoughts on “Hanging Out with Queen Elizabeth

    1. The 300 is an f/4 – so it gives me a more open aperture, which lets me work in lower light and get a better background. The 100-400mm, since I hand hold it, has to have pretty good light to not be blurry. 🙂
      That being said, it was a totally unnecessary purchase that is fun to use!

  1. First, thank you for visiting our humble blog and leaving such nice comments, We appreciate it.

    Second, wow! What a collection of outstanding photographs Queen Elizabeth has produced! Now for some honesty. Don’t spread this around because it is a closely guarded secret: The photographer of these images has achieved fabulous results, regardless of the equipment she was using. Shhh!

    My favorite lens for birds remains an older Nikon f/4 300 mm fixed lens. It’s a bit lighter than bigger zoom lenses, better light gathering (as you pointed out) and I love the resulting quality.

    I am very happy to have found your blog. Looking forward to reviewing older posts and savoring future ones.

    Have a blessed day, Kathy!

  2. Great photos Kathy. I especially love the American Robin, one of my favorite birds. I saw them as a child in Oregon, now living in San Diego I rarely see them! Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your entries.

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