We decided to get the lens anyway. (So "Happy Father's Day" and "Happy Birthday." Oh, and "Thanks George") Having gotten the lens, I was ready to shoot birds. Unfortunately, we are having record-breaking high temperatures and the birds are pretty quiet. I decided to stay off the deck and let them eat and drink in peace.
Then I remembered the swallows. Hey, they are living in the cabana by the lake. Surely they would be active. I drove down to the swimming hole and found lots of parents (the human kind) at the cabana. I walked down anyhow to take a look. Yes, there was the swallow, getting ready to take off in search of food.
She came back with food and circled around several times over the heads of the people standing there. Finally, she took the food to the nest.
I didn't get a picture of her actually feeding the little ones. Some really cute smarty pants 8-year-old decided to cannonball into the water and splash right where I was standing. Since the lens is brand new, I certainly didn't want it to get wet. So I left.
When I got back to the car, I took a shot of the parents "watching" their kids. As far as I can see, only the man on the left is paying any attention to the swimming area. The man on the right, with his hand on the post is standing directly under the swallow's nest.
I'm hoping to become more skilled at using this marvelous little toy and to be a bit above novice for the fall migration.
Meanwhile, there's no relief in sight for our almost unprecedented heat wave. So please dance a rain dance and send us some rain.