***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***
Pentaxian with chronic LBA
Indeed that late in the day the light gets nice and warm, but can also be a little hard when the birds come low under where the golden sun hits them to get enough light. Not bad - you need to work mostly at controlling the exposures, as some of them are a little 'hot' or overexposed. Most likely because you were tracking them as they went against trees or water or near their nest tree, where there was a lot of dark background which told the camera to meter up, only to then hit the open bit of sky and not be able to adjust in time.
I'd recommend trying out spot focus more than the other modes...unless you're dealing with flying birds against big, blank skies, the spot meter will allow you to more precisely tell the camera where you want the focus, and avoid that issue of the background sometimes being in focus rather than the bird - as long as you learn to keep the spot focus on the subject. For any still birds, spot will be your friend - and for large, slower birds like the herons, it's not too hard with a little practice to keep the spot on them.
You're doing well - keep it up. I missed you probably by 30 minutes or so - I had just left as you were just arriving. Maybe next time!! I may be there this Friday since it's a holiday, and almost certainly on Saturday which is my normal day out there. I almost always start at Green Cay - bigger park and selection...spend 3-4 hours there, before moving over to Wakodahatchee later in the day.
Thanks for the tips … I've mostly been using center point focus -- definitely when stationary, and I've been experimenting both ways with smaller BIFs.
Yeah, late in the day is when lots of birds start flying in for the night, but the light can get challenging for BIFs (although really beautiful for stationary subjects).
Gene Tenold wrote:
Very nice set, I also am working on my BIF shots, I work on the slower bigger birds, and now I am trying to get the smaller and faster birds.
Thanks! The faster ones are definitely tougher to track, especially if they're close enough to nearly fill the frame! Sometimes it helps to get them gliding in for a landing.
I don't even really bother with the really small & quick birds yet either -- I'm not fast enough for them yet!
Gene Tenold wrote:
Taken with Nikon D600 & Sigma 80-400 (OS)
Nice shots, I especially like these two with the reflections.
Some from spring last year.
All taken with Panasonic G3 and Walimex 500mm f/5.6 manual focus lens.
This lens is rather light and not really sharp fully open, so the images are processed a lot.
This is a heavy crop, the distance was 20m or more. If I go closer, the bird will see me and stop singing, so, what to do?
Very nice set, here in San Diego a lot of the lakes have the Canadian Geese, and they are pretty much up to let you get close-ups of them as long as it is not too close
Nice captures, I like the last one best with the different color.
Very beautiful detailed shots, how do you like the D800? I have the D600 and love it very much, even though it does have some of the dust spots on the sensor.
Very nice low angle shot, have not seen one posted here in a while.
Nice portraits, we have those Geese here as well and they let you get pretty close for nice shots. I also like the Coots because you can always see them in a squabble of some sort.
You win the most birds award this week Gene! My favorites though are the two with the reflections - real nice!
The shots with the a77 are the Sigma 150-500 (non-OS), and the Nikon D600 are with the Sigma 80-400 DG (OS)
The Nikon shots
The a77 shots
Bald Eagle shot through the snow from about 120 yards.
Only the 3rd recorded burrowing owl in our area (Central Oregon) in the last 20 years. I backed off to not disturb the owl, so this is a jpeg 500 f4+1.4 TC and in camera 2x crop. My attempt at maual adjustment left me with a little front focus.
Very nice Gene - I love the birds up that way because most are quite different from what I see down here. I saw my first chickadee when I was up in northern Quebec - lovely little birds and not too shy.
Nice selection and surprisingly warm light - doesn't look as wintery!
You've got some diversity for such un-birding conditions! I'd love it myself, being bound to warm places virtually my whole life - snow is wonderful to me, and I thoroughly enjoy it the few times I get to visit it. While the global weirdness brings you long strange winters, it brings those of us way down south a complete lack of winter - handful of days in the 50s, and the whole rest of the year at or above 90. Going on 3 years now since we had a proper, weeks-long cold spell, though this year wasn't quite as bad as last year's 'the winter that never was'.
You're right on the red-bellied woodpecker...except for the lightest brush of pinkish red hue as they get older, they don't really have much in the way of red on their bellies. Problem is, the name 'red-headed woodpecker' was already taken, and indeed they have a VERY red head...so they had to call that one something else!
Nice waterbirds! I like the flock shots - always looks like abstract art to see so many birds in the air in a shot. I really like #6 and the last one, both very nice detail on the birds with great water reflections beneath them.