The following photos, taken this afternoon, would have been impossible for me to get with the HP 817. Color me happy!
We had a flock (OK - a gaggle) of hundreds of Canada geese swarming about the fields across the creek from us. I'll post just three of the photos. Because it was cloudy and wintry, the photos appear to be in black and white.
If you click on the above photo to enlarge it, you can even identify the geese as Canadas. The photo, below, would have been totally impossible with the HP - not enough zoom to be able to see through the woods to the geese.
The following photos show (more) birds at the feeders just outside the living room window. In the first photo, below, is a little Carolina wren horizontal to the ground, picking at a peanut. That is a Harris's sparrow behind him/her.
Below is the male Harris's sparrow in a photo all to himself!
In the photo, below, the little woodpecker is a male downy. The bird to the left is a Harris's sparrow. The bird that is farthest from the camera is probably another Harris's; but, I can't tell and I don't recall.
Now, for a peek at a couple of our four-footed visitors. The first is on the post at the foot of the steps from the back porch to the patio. (The little contraption in the lower left corner of the photo is a rain sensor that, supposedly, prevents our lawn irrigation system's turning on the water while rain is falling.) The other squirrel is just coming across the patio.