127 thoughts on “Nature

  1. How exciting you found a Rookery! Spring is nesting, and hatching season. They’re such fun, and entertaining to watch flying back and forth collecting new nesting materials to shore up the nest, and they chatter, and squabble a lot. Some of the noises they make are quite funny. Seeing the chicks is neat too if you can get back there.

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      1. Do you have an interchangable lens camera?
        A 70-300mm lens would get you closer, and if you can try to get a bit closer to the trees where the nests are.
        There are new super zoom Bridge cameras that make nice images. I am familiar with two brands the Nikon, and Panasonic ones.

        Tell me what you have now.

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      2. Ah! You’re shooting with the 18-55mm, and/or the 55-200mm lenses now?

        What lens you choose next will depend on how serious you want to photograph birds, and wildlife, and of course your budget. That one always gets me!

        The 70-300mm VR II is a step up in reach and is a lovely performer.

        More serious and better quality is the 300mm f4, or the 80-400mm VR II, or the new 200-500mm f5.6 VR.

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      3. I guess I just want the next step up? My son runs and so even trying to get good pictures of him is tough. ok yes it is the 18-55. I saw some refurbished lenses so I would be fine with trying one of those as budget is tight. What would you recommend and do they all fit any camera? Thanks so much for this info.

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      4. The Nikon camera mount is an F mount which will fit Nikon lenses all the way back to 60’s, but not all lenses will auto-focus on your camera. Manual focus lenses of course won’t auto-focus, but your camera doesn’t have an auto-focus motor built in, so you need to have lenses that do have an auto-focus motor. So, if you stick to the newest lenses you’ll have auto-focus and be able to switch to manual focus when you want or need to.
        You’re looking for AF-S lenses. Any lens older than that probably won’t auto-focus on your camera.

        The 70-300mm VR II AF-S lens is a good performer, but it has limits. It’s the same speed as your current 18-55mm lens. So it will be f/5.6 when zoomed out to 300mm. It needs good light and contrast or it tends to hunt = the focus tries to lock on to what you’re aiming at but it can’t grab it so the lens tries to obtain focus zooming in and out…hunting. I call this lens a “sunny day” lens.
        All lenses can do this, but the slower/consumer lenses tend to do it more than the pro and pro consumer lenses.

        Refurb is better than a used lens I’d think, b/c a used lens could have been used a lot and still look great, and something can go out sooner than you want it too. That happened to me on my used 300mm f4. After a year the auto-focus motor went out. 😦

        Once you get a new lens you know there’s a learning curve. Just use it a full day and you’ll soon be on the downside of that though.

        There are also 3rd party lenses you can look at. Just be sure to look for the Nikon mount on them, and make sure they will auto-focus on your camera. That information should be in their specs. Tamron, and Sigma are lenses I would look at when shopping 3rd party.

        You’ll need to tweak your camera settings a bit for action photography to help you get the shots you want. Then it’s just practice, practice, practice. 🙂

        Email me off this thread if you want at dmzajac2004@yahoo.com

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  2. My wife and I are fortunate to live near both a designated “wetlands” area as well as a golf course with multiple water hazards. We have geese, ducks, the occasional heron and less occasionally a couple more birds I can’t even begin to identify. It truly refreshes the soul to see so much wildlife about (and I don’t mean the golfers!). Great pictures Lynz.

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  3. Great pictures. I don’t know much about birds. I never thought of herons as nesting in trees though, just as water birds. Learn something new. I have a brother near Seattle. I wonder if he’s seen some of these.

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  4. Sorry so late today to reply but had to work at the office late then dinner then American Idol, lol! We had a resident Great Blue Heron at my workplace that always sat exactly at eye level outside my office window for three years many years ago. His nickname was “Mr. Gangly.” I loved watching that bird preen itself then fly down to the river below to hunt for his fish. My window at the office at that time was on a ledge a couple of hundred feet above the river, but the tree was growing out of the side of the cliff. Hard to imagine but real for sure! I’ve also seen a random bald eagle in that tree, yay! xoxoxo

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  5. Ha! You can tell from the first pic that one bird was still putting the finishing touches on his nest! How neat! My son recently made a bird feeder for his zoology homeschool course. He took a video of a bird eating from it this morning…it was the first feeding we’d witnessed since finishing the feeder over a month ago!

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  6. There are blue herons and also white – we had both when we lived in the country. You also have pictures of double crested cormorant; one by itself and the other picture where they are nesting. We saw those in Florida but not in Michigan like the herons 🙂

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  7. Ardea Cinerea or Grey Heron we call them in Europe; it reminded me of this fable from Jean de La Fontaine:

    The Heron

    One day,–no matter when or where,–
    A long-legg’d heron chanced to fare
    By a certain river’s brink,
    With his long, sharp beak
    Helved on his slender neck;
    ‘Twas a fish-spear, you might think.
    The water was clear and still,
    The carp and the pike there at will
    Pursued their silent fun,
    Turning up, ever and anon,
    A golden side to the sun.
    With ease might the heron have made
    Great profits in his fishing trade.
    So near came the scaly fry,
    They might be caught by the passer-by.
    But he thought he better might
    Wait for a better appetite–
    For he lived by rule, and could not eat,
    Except at his hours, the best of meat.
    Anon his appetite return’d once more;
    So, approaching again the shore,
    He saw some tench taking their leaps,
    Now and then, from their lowest deeps.
    With as dainty a taste as Horace’s rat,
    He turn’d away from such food as that.
    “What, tench for a heron! poh!
    I scorn the thought, and let them go.”
    The tench refused, there came a gudgeon;
    “For all that,” said the bird, “I budge on.
    I’ll ne’er open my beak, if the gods please,
    For such mean little fishes as these.”
    He did it for less; | For it came to pass,
    That not another fish could he see;
    And, at last, so hungry was he,
    That he thought it of some avail
    To find on the bank a single snail.

    Such is the sure result
    Of being too difficult.

    Would you be strong and great
    Learn to accommodate.

    Jean De La Fontaine

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