Spring Shorebird Migration in Alaska

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A few shots from the spring migration on the Copper River Delta in Alaska. Unless noted otherwise all captures were made with a D300 and 200-400VR mounted on a Bushhawk.


#1: Chaos
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#2: Biomass
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#3: Bringing up the rear
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#4: Western Sandpiper (D7000 and 200-400VR)
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#5: Western Sandpiper
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#6: Least Sandpiper
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#7: Least Sandpiper
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#8: Dunlin in breeding plumage
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Beautiful images, Dan. Shorebirds in breeding plumage are hard to beat. I really like the "biomass," "bringing up the rear" and the Dunlin shots. Well done. Let's see some more.
 
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Really nice series.
Love specially soft warm colors and vanishing backgrounds.
What about D7000 in bird photography? Do you miss any of D300 features?
Thanks for sharing your pics.
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... Let's see some more.
I do have a few more interesting ones but need some time for PP.

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The jury is still out on the D7k for me. I do like it for landscapes but am still "testing" for wildlife. I would have used it more during this shoot but I just got it and didn't yet have a trigger cord for my Bushhawk which is my preferred method of shooting for birds. So I defaulted to the D300. One definate downside is that the buffer only holds 10 NEF images as opposed to over 20 for the D300. I was using 45Mb/s SD cards but the buffer still fills up shooting on Ch shutter release setting. It recovers more quickly with the faster cards but still stops for a couple of seconds at 10 frames then fires two more every couple of seconds if the button is held down continuously.
 
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Thanks for the comments, everyone. It is amazing that such little birds travel so far. It's estimated that they travel 2000 miles in two days. Then they feed for a couple of days on the delta and continue on up to the arctic to breed.

Getting the low angle was a bit of a challenge. These were all taken on a big mud bank as the tide receded.

Thanks for looking.
 

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A super experience to witness I bet, cannot almost fathom these numbers!

Well imaged and lots of great shots.
 
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Well done Dan! Such mass numbers must have been a awesome sight.
I do like that bring up the rear shot,thanks for sharing.
 
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Great set of photos. Must be quite an experience. I gather the Bushhawk handles the 200-400 well? Lugging that lens around kills my back after a while.
 
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Thanks for all the comments, folks. Been out of town for a few days.

Baxter, the Bushhawk doesn't work any magic with the weight of the 200-400. I give it an assist with a monopod that's not attached to the bushhawk nor camera. I've got a rifle rest mounted on the monopod which just lets me support the weight of the camera but then lift it free to move easily as necessary.
 

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