Friday, May 15, 2009

May 15th...

Friday, got home and decided to do something more active than slouching in the sofa all evening. Sun was shining outside but the wind was blowing hard and cold but I decided to take a short stroll around the neighbourhood with my camera to document some spring signs.

Had the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8d af-s DX on the camera. Some blooming trees. Found the 3D-tracking function in the camera and had to try it out! Seems to work ok.
Regular birch.
Didn't make it that long before I noticed a lot of birds so I switched the 35mm to the Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO DG for some more reach, this lens demands at least f 9 or 11 to give decent sharpness, had to bump the ISO some to 400 to get some usable exposure times.

First out a gull of some sort.
Smaller bird, I'm as bad on bird names as on flower names!
A grebe!
Another smaller bird.
A tit, a great tit? (That's a funny name!)
Then the birds sightings started to thin out and I had to resort to other critters.
The gulls were NOT happy to have someone sneaking around their nests and they flew over me screaming, trying to scare me off.
This magpie showed me what it thought about being photographed...
Shooting birds is addictive but one always want more reach, a "Bigma" 150-500mm is tempting!


  1. I recognise those birds, the five first are called:

    Black-headed Gull = skrattmås
    White Wagtail = sädesärla
    Grebe = skäggdopping
    Fieldfare = björktrast
    Blue Tit = blåmes

    // Hanna :)

  2. Ahh! Great! Thanks a bunch! =)