We have a summer resident female rufous hummingbird that often visits the feeders and plants that we place for them on our deck. As their migratory season comes to an end, which sadly means we’re entering into the early throes of autumn here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I might test out my Canon 7D with the 70-300mm that I’ve been using on assignment lately. I bitterly complained about the auto-focus when I first purchased the camera and, as usual, it was trial by fire. I knew that I needed to have a higher fps than my Canon 5D Mark II cameras, so I decided to go with the 7D. Now that I’ve been shooting it for a while, (and after reading a bit of the manual , I am now really loving the autofocus system and, although the camera is noisy at the higher ISO’s, it’s still pretty darn good. The other night we were out on the deck and the female rufous came by to check out the salvia and other flowers. She hung around long enough for me to get a few snaps. These were all made at iso 6400 shooting in aperture priority. I processed them in Adobe’s Lightroom using some capture sharpening and luminance noise reduction and I must say I’m impressed. The focus is tack sharp, the shutter speed was fast enough to stop most of the movement and the colors look beautiful. I do enjoy birdwatching and although it’s only a simple hobby that I do at home, it’s fun to use this as an opportunity to practice outside of assignment work. I hope you enjoy these little snapshots of the wee bird.
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The sound that wakes me most mornings here on Maui comes from an introduced bird species called the Gray Francolin. They are quite common in Hawaii, particularly around the beach where many hotels have unwittingly provided the perfect habitat in which they thrive. There were a pair sitting in the tree, just outside the lanai, and I was fortunate to be able to capture them calling out. Enjoy!
The first day of spring was marked by the arrival of the migratory rufous hummingbird. Since that day, the male, and now the female, have been regularly hanging around our feeders. They defend the feeders with ferocity and our local Anna’s family is definitely distressed about these newcomers as fighting regularly breaks out. It’s a glorious day and I am truly hoping that the weather forecast is correct and that we will be experiencing temperatures nearing 60F. Here is a photograph of our resident male rufous.
I’m signing off until the rains return.
Enjoy this glorious weekend!
This morning I noticed a red tailed hawk sitting on a branch in a tree across the ravine from my office. It had captured and was about to devour a chipmunk. I set up the Canon 5D Mark ll and took some footage as it ate the hapless creature. I’m still working on getting the compression settings right for the web, so I apologize if the quality of the image isn’t too good. If you watch carefully in the beginning, the hawk beheads the rodent and swallows the head whole in one big gulp. Mmmmm – a nice breakfast! There are two clicks in the movie which is where I took a couple of still frames (still testing the camera). Enjoy!