fine feathered friends along lake langano’s shores {sunday}

Sunday, October 28: We spend some time walking along the lake shore where we spot birds of many feathers.  This is where I really discover either my camera’s or my own shortcomings.   My camera takes a lot of great photos, but it doesn’t do certain things well:  1) It doesn’t take good night shots; 2) it doesn’t take good macro pictures; and 3) it doesn’t take good pictures of small things at a distance, like birds.   The zoom lens basically sucks.  At some point, I will definitely need to buy a new zoom lens for my little Olympus PEN  EPL-1.  Either that or upgrade my camera completely.

a Great Cormorant

a Great Cormorant

Great cormorant takes flight

Great cormorant takes flight

Along the lake we wander. We admire the birds, we stare out over a horizon heavy with gray clouds, we listen to the choppy waves hit the shore.  We take pictures.  Ed, being a veteran bird-watcher, knows his birds and educates me as to what is what.  He points out a Great cormorant, a Senegal thick-knee and some spur-winged plovers.


Senegal thick knee

spur-winged plover

spur-winged plover

spur winged plover

spur winged plover

spur-winged plovers

spur-winged plovers

the spur winged plover takes flight

the spur winged plover takes flight

After our afternoon of exploring the pumice stone area, the beach, and the lakeshore, we head to the Tree House bar where we share a bottle of Gonder Ethiopian red wine.  We toast to our safe arrival at the lake.  We eat a dinner of mushroom soup, black olive salad, pan-fried fish served with French fries, vegetables and pasta, and a crepe suzette for dessert.  Cicadas chirp in the background, a musical serenade.

Lake Langano

Lake Langano

another view of Lake Langano

another view of Lake Langano

acacia tree along the lakeshore

acacia tree along the lakeshore


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5 thoughts on “fine feathered friends along lake langano’s shores {sunday}

  1. My camera also has a problem with night shots, and I have to be very careful with macro – but it has an 18X zoom and the burst mode, so that makes up for it. You did get nice shots of the birds, however.

    • What kind of camera do you have, Carol? I’m so happy with some types of pictures taken by my camera, but others are so disappointing! Nice that you have that great zoom. And, showing my ignorance, I don’t even know what burst mode is!!

      • I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 with a fixed lens. A burst mode is when you hold the shutter release button down and it takes a series of pictures -mine does 3 at a time.

      • Oh, I have that too, but somehow it doesn’t help if the zoom isn’t good (especially for birds!).

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