The Mother of All Woodpeckers
If you’re anywhere near 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street today, you should stop by for the premier of ‘Ghost Birds’, a documentary making its debut at the ‘Birds at Anthology Film Archives’ (Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave @ 2nd St.). This film is about the fabled Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a rather large and possibly extinct woodpecker that was supposedly sighted in the swamps of Brinkley, Arkansas.
In a somewhat unrelated story, about 2 years back we made reference to the Ivory-billed woodpecker in the opening paragraph of an article about another rare bird - ‘The Mother of All Telephotos’ - a review we wrote about a Canon EF 1200/5.6L that showed up in our Used Department.
Using this monster lens we were able to read street signs in Weekawken, New Jersey from our rooftop in mid-town Manhattan. With total production amounting to less than 20 lenses, the Canon EF 1200/5.6L, which was originally released about 30 years ago and is now out of production, is almost as rare a bird as the woodpeckers of Brinkley Arkansas. (Rumor has it the only guy able to hand-polish the huge glass elements has long-since retired.)
The lens we originally wrote about has since been sold, but we have since acquired a 2ndCanon 1200/5.6L USM, which is not only cleaner than the first one we had in stock, but comes with a custom ‘wheelie’ case that holds the original trunk case that originally came with the lens. Pack mule still not included.
Interstate birding anyone?