As I've been catching up on pictures from the last few weeks, I realized that I've gotten a few pretty nice wildlife sequences-- not single pictures, but series that show the action in-progress, from start to finish, which I wanted to share. Both of these were taken with the 100-400mm Canon lens that I rented a couple of weeks ago.
The first is a cormorant taking off from its perch on the water of Lake Quinault. I was on the shore, focusing on the bird, and waited a few minutes, hoping that it would take off-- and I lucked out. It did! The focus isn't great on some of the shots, but I'm still pretty happy with it.
The second series was taken at the Washington Arboretum, in Seattle, the day before I left Lake Quinault. As I was heading back to the car, I saw a robin staying fairly still in the grass-- I snuck up as close as I could, taking pictures as I went, and it let me get surprisingly close. But it wasn't until I got home and reviewed the pictures that I realized I'd gotten some pictures as the robin had been having lunch.
In the first picture, it's just pulled a worm out of the ground; in the second, it drops the worm (barely visible on the ground) to shake the grass off its beak; in the third, it's grabbed the worm again, and after that-- down the hatch.