From Pickerel Lake, before the 7D Mk II
I haven’t had much time to post lately, or even time to get out and shoot a few photos. It’s a Friday evening, after I worked 60 hours this week, including another overnight run. So, I still don’t have much time.
What I’m going to do is just post the photos from a hike that I did a few weeks ago around the Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve, and from two wetland areas that I stopped at closer to home that same day. Just photos for the most part, with few words.
My luck with wood ducks had been getting better, I actually got a few good photos of one recently. However, things reverted back to normal for this one.
As I was trying to get into position to get a better shot of it, I spooked its mate, which was checking out possible nesting sites, and when she took off, so did he.
Here’s a series of photos of a downy woodpecker finding and eating its lunch.
I played peek-a-boo with a grey squirrel for a while. It decided not to come out any more with the big bad photographer hanging around.
You can see that it had become overcast while I was walking around Pickerel Lake. Almost as soon as I started home, the sun came out. So, I stopped at a wetland area just a few miles from home, where a couple of species of rare birds had been seen earlier that week. I didn’t see any of the rare birds, but there were these two sandhill cranes with the Canada geese there.
My next stop was another wetlands area, not far from the first. I was quite surprised to walk up on a another pair of cranes, these photos weren’t cropped at all, I was that close to the cranes. However, you can see how well that the cranes blend in with the vegetation.
I spooked a small wading bird, and as it flew off, this heron followed, my first great blue heron of the spring, and I got just a few poor photos of it.
The same holds true for the first kingfisher of the spring, a bad photo of it.
I did better with the ducks and geese.
Any one who has tried to photograph small birds in the brush will be able to relate to this next series. With a small flock of golden-crowned kinglets near me, I picked a spot to stand where I thought that I had the best chance of getting a good, clear shot of one of the kinglets.
Most of the time, this happened. By the time I got the Beast (Sigma 150-500 mm lens) swung around to get one of the kinglets in the viewfinder, it was already on its way to its next perch.
Or, hiding behind the branches.
I finally chased one until it had to take a short break to rest up, but then, I was shooting almost straight up at it. Not really, I just lucked out, almost, it’s hard to tell which species this is from this view. But, I’ll take it.
Ducks are much easier.
And finally, a newly remodeled barn, just because.
All of the photos in this post were shot with the Canon 60D bodies I have had for a while now, and various lenses, mostly the Beast and the Tokina 100 mm macro lens. As you are probably aware of, I have since purchased a Canon 7D Mk II camera, and I have a few photos from it from when I’ve had a chance to get out. I will say that the 7D produces slightly better images than the 60D, but not by much, as this was from one of the 60D bodies.
It seems like everything was coming together at the same time, that all my practicing and testing was beginning to pay off. I’m getting better photos than ever from the 60D bodies…
…and adding the capabilities of the 7D Mk II is like icing on the cake.
I still have too many photos saved for one more post, I have more from around home, plus many from another trip to Muskegon to share when I get the chance.
Right now, I’m going to eat breakfast, then head to Muskegon to see what I can find there.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!