Snowy Egret Showing Out

Here's one of the images I was able to capture at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  This is a Snowy Egret.  These smaller egrets were just starting to build their nests, so many were still looking for their soul mate.  This guy (I assume he's a dude) is working hard at it.  He's showing the other birds all he has to offer, for sure.

ISO 200, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/250th second

I shot this using my Sony A77ii and Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DI USD Lens.  If you notice, this was shot at a shutter speed slower than I normally prefer.  However, since the Sony A77ii has image stabilization built into the body, I was able to pull this off.

I recently did a presentation and I mentioned to them that this lens is the absolute best buy in photography right now.  I truly believe that, too.  The first thing I always get asked about the lens is "How sharp is it at 600mm?".  It's fun to watch their eyes light up when I show them images taken at 600mm.  They are always shocked at the sharpness.  For $1069 retail, it's a tough deal to beat.