UK Bad light...again and raining. Thousands of Waxwings have descended on us in North Wales from Northern Scandinavia, a rare sight indeed. At my local reserve the weather is so dull I tried something I've never done with birds before, used my SB800, coupled to a D7000 with a 300mm f4. I know I should have stopped down to f8, but seeing as it was handheld, no VR I am well pleased
#5. "RE: Flash assisted Waxwings!" In response to Reply # 0
So it's you who got out waxwings. Nice to see that you're feeding them well. Did I say "nice pictures".
FWIW, my father sent an e-mail of four dead waxwings under the windows of their house. A biologist friend confirmed that this is what you get for flying around under the influence. The poor birds were loaded with fermented juice from the berries and flew into windows.
#7. "RE: Flash assisted Waxwings!" In response to Reply # 6 Fri 07-Dec-12 08:01 AM by richardd300
Antero. Thanks and I've heard of drunken birds before. It was good to see some colour on a dull, wet and dismal day. Once the berries have gone and Spring arrives you can have them back, but thanks for the loan.
John. Thanks. The D7K is very lonely since I got the D800, so I gave it an outing! It was pouring down and the 7000 has body armour, also the birds were only 30 ft away so with the flash I could keep the ISO down and thus the noise. It's my second body now as the D800 does everything so much better