Only recently, I entered the world of bird photography. I have
undertaken some minor attempts before, but due to the lack of adequate equipment,
the results were never really pleasing. With our new 500mm lens plus a 1.7x converter,
the results are now beginning to make the hours of sitting in a bird hide
worthwhile. A special tripod head made by Wimberley was used to secure the lens
on the tripod and yet give it the greatest flexibility and an additional flash and
better beamer to present the flying jewels in the proper light. To get initial
practice, we set up a birdhouse in our garden.
I did not realize that the jay can be so cautious, always hiding behind
some branches - but one day a small troop of three visited our garden and one of
them would sit long enough for this frame filling portrait.
In Switzerland the Eurasian Spoonbill is a very rare migratory bird and
I call myself fortunate to have seen this species and at such a close distance!
The not yet black bill, the dark edges of the wings and the greyish legs are
features of a juvenile bird.
Nikon D700,Nikkor 500mm f4, 2x converter (f8), ISO 320,