Since the moment we started building our house in the woods, I’ve been busy taking photos of all the birds that drop by from time to time. After awhile the diversity of species begins to fade as the same bird types tend to inhabit the same area year after year. Some become so familiar that their tiny imperfections allow you to actually give them names. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy taking their pictures – if nothing else, the light settings and perch choices are always unique so there is always a challenge. The main point of mentioning this is it makes new arrivals a big deal around here. As soon as I spot a new bird type, I scramble for the camera in the hopes of getting a least some sort of picture to capture the moment (and to have proof for adding another check to my watch list). As you can probably guess, I spotted a new bird to the homestead a few days ago. Luckily, I was able to get a few shots. As with all my pictures, the full versions can be seen on our Photography site at eddiesoft.smugmug.com. If you go there, you can view them at any size you want up to the original size (note, I always use medium for images in this blog).
So, after dinner I looked out and noticed a strange bird a ways out from the house. Immediately thinking this might be a new find, I grabbed the closest camera (D7000) and headed out to the porch in hopes of snapping a few shots. Our Beast was not currently on this particular camera having stored it away after our last photo shoot. Luckily, the 80-200 glass was attached giving me some reach into the yard.
I was fighting the light going down as well trying to steady myself while hand holding the camera – must have been all the excitement of the chance to capture a new bird. On full manual, I had to bump the ISO up to 800 for most of the shots in order to get the shutter speed I needed to help compensate for my shaky hands. The shot above is a full shot giving you some perspective of the distance I was dealing with (this was at full 200mm I believe). As you learn pretty quick taking bird pictures, any distance at all causes that bird to appear pretty small. However, with the power of crop, we can take you a little closer in.
Hit the jump to see a lot more (and better) pictures of my feathered friend.