January 16th – Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

A Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis), as spotted through my Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD.

The Spotted Dove is common in suburban Sydney, and while a little more attractive, it’s not too dissimilar to the pigeon.

This photo speaks of the real benefit of owning such a long zoom lens. While the dove was only the length of the backyard away, any closer and the watchful bird would have taken off.

Even at it’s longest zoom, the widest aperture of f5.6 creates a very impressive bokeh with the background objects.

At less than a quarter of the cost of Canon’s 70-200mm, and less than half of the Tamron and Sigma equivalents, this lens is terrific value. The image is incredibly sharp, and the additional 100mm+ focal range comes in very handy for the average amateur.

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