I took my new, very expensive 500mm lens to the beach on Monday in hopes of taking advantage of our recent sunshine and the beginning of the bird migration. Needless to say, it wasn't sunny except for a very short length of time, as the heat inland drew moisture off the ocean, causing low clouds until about 4:30 and we headed home.
To make it even more frustrating, their were actually a good showing of birds, particularly at Bottle Beach. Despite the weather I managed to get a couple of shots I liked, particularly after I Apertured and Photoshoped them, making them appear much brighter than they really appeared to the human eye.
Here's the best shot I've ever managed to get of a Black-bellied Plover, a shy bird that always kept it's distance and actually first made me want a 500mm lens,
another shot of a flock of them flying by,
and my favorite shot of the day.