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Eastern Bluebird

Migration

On this outing I left the big long glass behind. Let me be frank, it is nice to have the very best glass available for bird shots but at times you want a scaled down version that is easy to carry with excellent sharpness and stabilization.

My normal outings for birds is a 400 or 600mm with tele-converters, usually a gimbal head tripod and  a good crop body camera.  My new crop factor body is a Nikon D500 which has been an excellent choice - it is an excellent camera for all around shooting.  In those rare events you want a less tiring outing you should consider a lighter alternative.   I think the new Nikkor 300mm PF Llens to be super sharp even with a 1.4 TC or even the 1.7 tc in good lighting when used on my Nikon D500.  This setup allows me to cover a few extra miles without me wearing down in the process, simply put I leave the tripod at home and travel lighter.

The 300mm with the mentioned setup will give me a 765mm field of view, pretty impressive for such a light setup, and when I throw in the rapids harness and the carry is almost effortless.  All the shots here are hand held below. 

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I live at the edge of the forest in semi-moist locations, I enjoy larva, and other delights. Although I am toothless and mostly warty, I am a sight to see.

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Photographers Notes: Photographing birds in their natural environment can be very challenging as compared to studio, architecture, landscapes. 

Lens
  • Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF ED VR
Camera Body
  • Nikon D500
Accessories
  • TC-14E III
  • TC-17 II

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