Went birding at the crack of dawn yesterday in Kuwait. The local expert had a D850 and the new Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF on its first outing, and I am waiting to see the results. The birds in Kuwait are very skittish because they get shot with lead. There were no hides and we had to shoot cameras from an suv at some distance. I sorely missed my Canon gear with the 400mm DO II + 2xTC and was really focal length limited. Here are the first few shots in the dark as it lightened up - a grey heron in the first rays, a female Daurian Shrike in the gloom and then another one as it got lighter. I could have pushed the exposure but want to show what I saw.
Well Alan, I'm just thrilled that the birds appear to have returned to my area after an almost complete absence of a year or so. This may be the sister. The lighting wasn't any
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better and I went up to ISO 3200 - essentially unusable when I was shooting with my 6D, so in that sense I'm pleased. I had to push the shadows a lot.
We've had some really drab mornings in SoCal this year so sunrise light shots have just been hard to get along the coast. Sunday, after sitting in the mud and getting blase shots of our local tricolor, kingfishers, etc, I decided to go wander around a local 'island'. After some rain(SoCal rain known elsewhere as drizzle), I managed to get some closeup shots of this female American Kestrel with the gray clouds behind her just as the sun broke through for a few minutes.
1DX MK II 600 f/4L IS II w/1.4X III 1/1600 : f/11 : ISO 1000
Alan, my major shooting holiday was not possible due to all the forest fires in BC. It was unbelievably smokey even in Alberta; actually unhealthy for asthmatics like me. Otherwise I could list a lot or reasons, including crummy weather, why this has been a very poor summer for me with the camera but there is always tomorrow - I hope. Oh well, there is also CR to view nice shots! No shortage thanks to the new and/or faithful posters.