Now, neither Christi nor myself are birders, or twitchers, but we do love to watch our feathered friends and whatever else may cross our paths, especially if a camera can be involved. Those of you that have ever tried to 'shoot' birds will know that it takes a lot of time, stealth and patience. And a really long lens! So while the walk was fun and informative, there were few photo ops that I could take advantage of.
Early in the walk, this White Eyed Vireo presented himself as a willing subject!
Later on, as we traversed from wide open space to tree covered trails, I changed my ISO, moving one stop up to 400 from 200. Usually, I do this as soon as I see the light change, which means I have to be an active photographer! If you don't stay aware of the changing lighting conditions, the one chance you get to capture that breathtaking moment could be gone because you weren't proactive in changing your camera settings before you needed to push the shutter release! Believe me, wildlife isn't going to hold the pose while you work out there isn't enough light to get the right exposure and push buttons and turn dials. The moment is gone in an instant.
Anyway, while there weren't too many bird photo ops, there were a few other memorable moments....
Finally, take a look at your local Audubon Chapter to see if they offer trips around parks in your neighborhood; they are free and provide a great morning out in nature and the chance for a little education.
Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon MB 200, Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, AF-S with VR