Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 400mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400

I spent this last Saturday at Magee Marsh and Ottawa Nat'l Wildlife Refuge having arrived about 08:30 and didn't head for home until 17:00.  The temp was 28 degrees when I got there and warmed all the way up to about 43.  I started off at Magee Marsh and spent the first few hours there.  It's certainly not even close to being green yet but many of the trees and plants do contain signs of Spring.  It seems there are branches and twigs everywhere you look so getting a clean shot of any bird is quite a challenge and longer focal lengths certainly help isolate the subject but cropping in post is almost a must.

The first photo was taken at 14:45 and the sun was getting thru the thick vegetation providing nice light on this bird and I was able to mostly isolate it from its surroundings.  By the way, this is the first time I've seen and photographed a Golden-crowned Kinglet so it was quite exciting to find it here already and to photograph it.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 400mm, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 320

The photo above was taken before the sun was high enough to penetrate very deep yet so it's a little on the bland side but I was pleased to be able to crop down to isolate this bird from the surroundings and still get a nicely blurred background.  Still managed to get a catch light in the eye, too.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 500mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100

This last photo shows the crown of a male which I find that color combination and pattern to be quite striking.

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