The photo above is of a Horned Grebe (Grèbe esclavon / Podiceps auritus) in winter plumage. Although it shows a fair amount of detail, it would be even better if I did not have to crop it so much. The picture below is the one I actually got – in terms of surface area, I had to cut over 90% of the shot below to get the photo above. The moral of the story? I will need a stronger lens if I hope to be able to capture these much more distant birds with greater detail!
Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 22, 2014. Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 720, 300mm, f/5.6, top: 1/800; bottom: 1/1000). Not baited, called in or set up.