Herons and Eagles on the Cowichan River, Vancouver Island

Discussion in 'Birds' started by andreasb, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. When the Salmons have spawned, you can smell the Salmon carcasses from a long way and I guess so can the birds, so they congregate in thousands to the rivermouth of the Cowichan River here on Vancouver Island and I guess everywhere else up here as well. Today just when the sun had gone down I drove by the river on the reservation and counted 33 eagles in 300 yards in trees and no camera! To dark anyway....

    But the last two days we have had good weather and I have gone to other places here and gotten decent shots, and I have made a discovery about my 500mm lens, that I find astounding, you might recall that I was unhappy about my Owl shots...

    I was shooting at F5.6-8 and suddenly I took 2 shots at F11, and when I came home the two at F11 and 1/100 and 1/125 where razor sharp! The ones at F5.6-8 where not even close, and they where taken with faster shutter speed. I called Nikon Service and asked them if they can adjust the lenses for this so they are sharper wide open and yes he said they can and he also said that sometimes it is just a matter of tweaking the electronics in the lens. So my 500mm lens, D2X and TC14EII is going in after I return from the Christmas trip. I'm elated that I have found out something repeatable, and have confirmed it with my shots the last two days....

    Enough of that here are a few decent shots from the last two days:

    Heron in a tree probably 60 feet away only... Didn't flinch when i spent 5 minutes shooting, here are one of the F11 shots!
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    Eagles waiting for a meal in the trees
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    Ducks of many kinds are pretty much everywhere, these ones with the 80-400mm VR, not that bad Eh?
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    Wood duck
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  2. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    another great series Andreas
    and you've even mixed it up nicely !!

    Well done
     
  3. Thanks Ben, I'm heading down your way on the 19th, no time for shooting though will be going on a road trip with the Wife.....
     
  4. JWEAR

    JWEAR

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    Jun 26, 2005
    LA
    VERY NICE SET --need to go eagle hunting and thanks for the tip on the lens --there is always time for shooting :biggrin:
     
  5. Yes but there is something wrong with my lens it should be sharp a bit before F11 or I would have to wait for sunshine everyday....

     
  6. Andreas, these are all really good. Boy it sure helps to have good light doesn't it? We don't often have it here but when we do it is great to take advantage of it. Glad to hear about your discovery. That is great news as well. Have a wonderful trip and all the best to you.
     
  7. Flew

    Flew

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    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Nice set Andreas. I hope to go over to our Eagles nest Sunday if the weather cooperates.
     
  8. These are nice, glad you have found some logic behind your problems I could read the frustration in your posts, hope ?Nikon does well and gets you back on the road with no more problems from your gear
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Beautiful set of image.
     
  10. Very nice shots, Andreas!
     
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