Not to brag too much
I was hoping to have finished another post by now to use up a few of the many photos that I still have saved and would like to put into posts here. That may not happen though, because of the hours that I worked the last week. It doesn’t help when I’m also shooting some of the best photos that I’ve ever shot.
For the record, here’s the uncropped version.
Since I had a willing model, I also tried a few different angles, here’s one of them.
I had a pretty good time today, although I saw mostly the same species of birds that I have been seeing lately, the one exception was this Baird’s sandpiper.
I’ve had the Canon 7D Mk II for just over a year now, and I probably made some mistakes when I first started using it. I used settings similar to what I had been using with the 60D bodies, and I came up with those settings while using the Beast (Sigma 150-500 mm lens) and the Canon L series lenses which never seemed to auto-focus very well on the 60D. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting around home on Saturdays, when it’s doubtful that I’ll see anything special to shoot.
I may not have posted many photos of them lately, but I’ve posted tons of photos of cardinals over the years, so when one perched out in the open to feed on sumac, it was time for some testing.
I liked that look, but I really wanted her to show me her crest, which she did eventually, even though it wasn’t much of a crest.
She was also a sloppy eater.
I learned that when using the 300 mm L series lens, even with the 1.4 X tele-converter behind it, I can open the aperture up all the way and still get sharp photos with the 7D.
Anyway, I don’t want to ramble on about the technical side of these photos, but like I’ve been saying, I’m shooting some of the best photos ever lately.
I was trying to see what the sandpiper was eating, but I wasn’t able to catch whatever it found to eat.
I’m doing quite well on flowers also, if I do say so myself.
And, when I hang around the flowers, I’ve been catching a few bees quite well too.
I only wish that all my images were that good, however, I still shoot some photos for the record so to speak, like these two juvenile bald eagles sharing a fence.
It isn’t every day that one sees two eagles that close together. I thought of going to a shorter lens to get them both in the frame, but then the eagles wouldn’t have been recognizable.
Then, there are those species of birds that refuse to play nice, and do their best to avoid the camera.
As it was, I considered myself lucky that she stuck around long enough for me to switch from the 1.4 X extender to the 2 X for that image. I knew that she wouldn’t hang around much longer, so I was switching back hoping to catch her in flight when I heard the splash that she made as she dove for a fish. She missed the fish from what I could tell, but she also moved to a different part of the lake to watch for her next chance to catch her lunch.
Give me a critter that will sit still for a few seconds, and I can usually get a pretty good image of it these days.
Even my “for the record” photos of animals doing things most people never see are getting better, as this series of a chipmunk up in a tree eating berries show.
I had a good deal of fun with this gal…
….following her through the leaves…
…as she tried to stay hidden…
…yet, wolf down a few berries when she found them…
…and, you can tell that chipmunks are closely related to squirrels from this series.
I can’t wait until these guys…
…grow up and get their adult feathers…
…although I know that I’ll never catch them out in the open like that once they do reach maturity.
The same things apply to this species as well.
It must have been a good year for great blue herons this year, because after a couple of years of seeing very few of them…
…this year, they’re everywhere.
Hmmm, I’ve just gotten started on this post and I’ve almost hit my limit for photos already, so here’s a couple of more from today.
You know, it just dawned on me. The 60D bodies did not work well with the two L series lenses that I use for birding, yet the Canon 100 mm macro L series lens works like a champ on the 60D body.
I’m not going to try to figure out why that is, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the results, I hope that you do too.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!