First Day of Birding

I bought a new Tamron 150-600mm lenses just before Christmas, but during the break I fell sick for three weeks and never had the chance to use it. Itching to try it out, I went out to a local state park during lunch to see how it worked. Mostly, it was for me to work on my skills at panning and focusing on moving objects.

American Goldfinch – female

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Northern Cardinal

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Double-Crested Cormorant

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Red-Tailed Hawk

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Red-Tailed Hawk

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Osprey

While watching the hawk, I noticed another bird near the hawk and thought it was the mate, but it turned out to be an Osprey and it’s mate.

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Osprey

1/2000, f/8.0, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Double-Crested Cormorant

I was watching up river, waiting to see if the Canadian Geese were going to fly towards me when I noticed the Cormorant fly by me up river. I knew it had a mate, so I watched down river for it to follow and I was not disappointed.

1/1600, f/6.3, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Palisades West Trail

It’s a nice walk down to the water but a long way back up.

1/1600, f/5.0, ISO 500, 150mm f/5-6.3, natural light

Palisades West Trail

1/1600, f/5.0, ISO 500, 150mm f/5-6.3, natural light

Hairy Woodpecker – female

1/1600, f/6.3, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

American Goldfinch

1/1600, f/6.3, ISO 500, 600mm f/5-6.3, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

I learned a few things today while shooting. I was so focused {no pun intended} on my subjects that I forgot to check my settings for the different light conditions. After awhile, I put my camera into shutter mode with a setting of 1600. The hard part is recognizing the different situations, still vs in-motion subjects and reacting quickly to changing the settings to depending on the subject.

 

equipment list – Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD on a Nikon D610
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