With a strong cold wind whipping about I decided to spend my New Year's eve afternoon indoors. Before sunset a flock of turkeys appeared on the ridge behind my home feeding in an area of sorghum stubble where the farmer had recently spread cow manure. This image was shot handheld by resting the heavy lens across the deck rail. This was to be my last wildlife photo op of the year.
This morning I began another year of wildlife photography when this well acclimated fox squirrel arrived at the feeders. Using the same outfit described above mounted on the tripod, this shot was made at a distance of about 18 feet. Whether it is small subjects up close or larger ones at long range the Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS USM Super Telephoto has become my first choice in wildlife lenses whenever portability is not an issue.