Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Great Blue Heron and a Nikon P900


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One of the advatages of being a senior is the ability to purchase a America the Beautiful Pass for free admission to The National Parks and Federal Recreational Areas. I used this to visit the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA. It was established in 1942 to provide  feeding, resting and nesting habitat for migratory birds. It is a birdwatcher's paradise.

It is challenging to photograph birds, they move fast, they are usually far away and some of the telephoto lens can cost as much as a used car. I decided to give it a go with a Nikon P900, a "Super-Zoom". I quickly learned that this is going to be challenging. Some turkey vultures hovered over us and I vainly tried to get them into focus and find them in the viewer. The problem with telephoto lens is that the field of view is so narrow. Also it takes a fair amount of time to zoom out and it to find the target. Birds don't pose for the shot. I was luckier with a Blue Heron that was catching fish in the salt marsh, Later after I reviewed the photos I found that this camera has a "bird watcher" setting, I need to investigate what that does on my next outing.

This was blind luck that I got this shot as Heron flew off, most of my photos featured the background in focus with a blurry bird in front of it

This guy was patiently waiting for fish and kept finding them

I wanted to photograph this bird at home, but they were always too far away

I watched him focus on a fish

Got one

Quite the kink in the neck

Considering the price of the camera, I'm pleased with the photos, I wish they sharper but I cannot justify spending thousands for a lens.As a price comparison check out these links and check out other high end zooms.