I decided to look on Kijiji (which is like Craig's List in the USA) to see if I could find anyone selling a zoom lens that would fit the T6. I wasn't sure what I'd find, and the first few times I searched, there wasn't anything suitable. However, this past weekend, I saw a new posting offering an EF-S 55-250 mm F/4-5.6 IS II lens with image stabilization. I had to go look that up on Google and find out what it was, what it normally sold for (new) and whether it was appropriate for the kinds of pictures I wanted to take. I also asked the seller a couple of questions to see if it was suitable for my needs. As it turned out, it was just perfect for my needs, and I decided to take the plunge because the lens was in excellent condition and the price was fair and reasonable.
Anyway, I am SO excited with the pictures I've been taking with my new lens! A whole new world has been opened up to me, especially when it comes to bird photography. Of course, when I first went out with the lens, ready to take some pictures, there was not a bird to be seen. Isn't that just typical?! I did, however, find a willing squirrel, although it certainly complained at me very loudly while I was photographing it.
Then, I managed to get a little warbler. This little bird was far away from me, and moving fast, so this isn't a super picture, but it is still better than what I was getting before. I think, although I'm not 100% sure, that this is a pine warbler. It's a shame about the shadow on the top of its head. I'm open to corrections on the ID!
I got a great shot of a nuthatch! So clear compared to my point-and-shoot with digital zoom.
Then, since there weren't that many birds about, I took a picture of a junco. They're ordinary little birds, but I was anxious to keep trying out the new lens. The junco landed on a branch quite close to me, so I thought it was worth a snap. Anyway, it wasn't until later when I took the time to download and review my pictures that I had a grand surprise! It wasn't a junco! It was a black-throated blue warbler! I am really excited about this one because it's a new bird for my life list! I have never seen one of these before, at least not to my knowledge! The shot I managed to take with the new lens is so clear and sharp. I am really pleased with this photograph.
A cedar waxwing landed almost right in front of me and I missed it. I was annoyed about that, but I'll be watching for it now. Meanwhile, I'm working on the ID for this little tweeter. I believe it is possibly an ovenbird, given what appears to be that dark stripe on its head. I think the female ovenbird, given that there is no orange on the head. I'm pretty excited about this one too, because it's another new "life list" bird.
Sorry, blogosphere, but you're probably going to be seeing more bird pictures from me in future, given my amazing new lens! Tweet tweet! Not to mention squirrels...