My D700 is not my standard goto camera for birding. But this past weekend, I encountered some difficult lighting conditions (light rain and low overcast) on these fiendishly active subjects, so my D300 stayed in the bag the entire weekend.
Anyhow my point is (as many others have also stated before me) is that the D700 can be pressed into service as a decent birding camera, even on subjects on 5" in length. Of course the D700 does seem to handle cropping somewhat decently too. As usual the D700 is a killer cam.
These are ISO 2000, 2500, 1100, 1800, and 2500 respectively. No noise reduction was applied.
BTW the wood warblers portrayed are Blackburnian, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and my personal favourite warbler the Canada
The thrush is a Swainson's and one of the best songsters in the forest. All these birds are on breeding territory at Cold Lake Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada.
Nice photos with great detail! I have always said figure out a way to fill the viewfinder and the D700 will not disappoint. This may mean a longer lens or just good stalking techniques. Since I don't own anything longer than a 300 mm f/4 and TC's for me it has to be the latter.
Believe it or not the 500vr was a somewhat easy decision for me. It is by far the lens that gets the most shutter clicks for me. And even after 18 months I still feel I am getting to know it. I have a couple entries in my blog on it.
Now try and get me off the pot to upgrade my Ultra-wide or sorely needed monopod and watch me delay for months and months
I find myself using the D700 more and more for birding too. I don't think the D300's extra resolution is worth much unless everything is technically perfect, and it is rare that that happens in real life. And that includes the light. It's easy to go out and shoot at high noon with high shutter speeds and base ISO, but those rarely stay as keepers.
These are beautiful images. Great exposure and color, super sharp and detailed. I like your compositions as well.
When the lighting isn't perfect it is very hard to leave the D700 at home even though it is full frame. I now have a D3s and that's another jump in high ISO capability over the D3 and the D700. I've only shot birds a couple of times since I got it but so far I am very impressed.