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POTD: Bullock’s Oriole

An immature male Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) photographed from a private blind in south Texas.
An immature male Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) photographed from a private blind in south Texas.

The Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is one of the more colorful bird species we will find in south Texas. This immature male perched for our group last week while we were set up in the private blinds.

Nikon D500 (hands-on review)
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AFS VR Nikkor (hands-on review)

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POTD: Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee with aquatic insect prey, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Great Kiskadee with aquatic insect prey, Rio Grande Valley, Texas (Click here for a larger version)

Well, I’m back from leading my annual South Texas Birding Safari and once again, the private blinds of the Rio Grande Valley did not let us down. I captured this image while sitting in a blind with several of my clients (we all got similar shots); the Kiskadee decided to start hunting aquatic insects directly in front of us!

I captured this image with the Nikon D500 and the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AFS VR Nikkor zoom lens. This is quite possibly the best wildlife/birding combination that you can get for under $4000. I highly recommend it!

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POTD: House Finch

I always make a point of testing out new gear and settings before using it in the field. I’m still getting comfortable with the Nikon D500, which has a few new nuances in the autofocus system, before I head down to Texas next week for my annual South Texas Birding Safari. So here’s a house finch from the backyard, cropped to actual pixels (100%).

House Finch
Backyard house finch captured with Nikon D500 and 200-500mm f/5.6E VR (click to see full size image).
Tech Specs

Nikon D500 with AFS 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor zoom lens
1/600s f/7.1 ISO 800 (auto ISO)

 

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Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away
Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away, captured with the Nikon 200-500mm AFS G VR zoom lens.

A few weeks ago, I received the new Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens. My initial impressions were quite good for a lens of this design and price point. I had a chance today to take it to the local nature center and try my hand at some bird photography; something that I think that the target market for this lens is quite interested in.

I set up the 200-500mm on my Nikon D810 DSLR and I used my Gitzo 3-series tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head and Wimberley Sidekick gimbal adapter. Continue reading Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

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Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

Bird photography is probably one of the most challenging activities for a nature photographer to tackle. I started out like most people, trying to take a photo of a bird in a tree with a short (200mm) telephoto lens. When I look at my old photos, I sometimes have to squint to see the bird in them! Now I’m very happy with my bird photography, and as you’ll see it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of luck to really get a dynamic bird photo. I recently presented a live online webinar on bird photography, during which I shared some of my favorite photos and shared camera settings and tips on gear and processing. If you have some free time, I hope you can check it out.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.

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