I heard about a Yellow-Breasted Chat that was hanging around in Boston, and spent a couple of hours this past Saturday trying to get some good pictures. Things to be thankful for - I actually saw the bird and got pictures of it up close, as it was gorging itself on a piece of bread someone had left in the park. Not so great - trying to leave the piece of bread out of the picture was next to impossible, the light was atrocious (I was shooting wide open at ISO 5000) and the backgrounds sucked!
I shot these with my new 500mm lens - I'm still getting used to it, but my back totally appreciates the almost 50% reduction in weight I got by downgrading from the 600 f/4!
Anyone who has spent any time with elephants know that they have very strong maternal instincts (the daddies don't live with the herds). The picture below was taken in Yala National Park, and we first spotted the mother and calf in the brush ready to cross the trail to have a drink of water. Upon seeing us, they paused and the mother positioned her body between us and her calf, and they walked across the trail in this formation and proceeded to quench their thirst.
This next couple of pictures were taken at Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka, where we were fortunate enough to witness the annual gathering of elephants known as (wait for it…!) The Gathering! The mother wasn't overtly shielding her baby from us, but gently followed him around and kept a watchful eye on him.