Today I went up to the Botanical Gardens, one thought on my mind: to take images of birds with my 70-300mm lens on the Nikon V3. As the V3 has a 2.7 crop factor, this makes the 70-300 the equivalent of 189-810mm.
I’ve never used this lens to specifically capture birds, but it did a pretty good job. My technique was shutter priority, with the shutter set to 1/1000 to keep blur to the least possible amount; I also set the iso to 3200 down (priority based) and the f/stop to about 5.6 to 8.
I have absolutely no idea what these birds are, nor was I really aware of birds until I was determined to find them. I had hoped to see a road runner – they are up there! – but I did see four distinctively different ones, which I caught. Looking in Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, this looks like a wren, but what kind???
The 1 Nikon 70-300mm lens does a pretty good job overall. It has the advantage of being lightweight with image stabilization. Coupled with the V3, I could catch multiple images in a row, clicking away as the birds moved around, and then choosing the best of what I got.
More to follow!
Note: A fellow on flickr says these little guys are White Crowned Sparrows!