When Fujifilm announced in their lens roadmap back in February 2015 that the XF 100-400mm long telezoom will be available sometime in March 2016, I thought my days of shooting wildlife with the ‘short’ XF 55-200mm telezoom and not having sufficient reach to fill the frame will be coming to an end soon. Well, not just yet, unfortunately, as I heard today that the lens will be delayed (no new dates announced yet) as the Fuji-sans are not satisfied with the image quality of the lens design. Back to the drawing board and a longer wait for me :(, till then I will just have have to be content with shots like these below 😦 or figure a way to get closer without scaring them away. Any ideas for me to try?
The Malaysia black-banded squirrel (callosciurus nigrovittatus) is easily identified by the white and black bands on its sides and belly. These small rodents (up to 50 cm) are found in both secondary and primary lowland forest and feed on fruits and seeds.
The olive-backed sunbird (cinnyris jugularis), also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird is part of the sunbirds group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar. Its flight is fast and direct due to its short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering (as the little fella above was doing while I was observing it), but usually perch to feed most of the time. They are small songbirds, at most 12 cm long. In most subspecies, the underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs a dull brown colour. Originally from mangrove habitat, the olive-backed sunbird has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm