Each spring, before the marshes, fields, and woods return to green, I spend more of my active shooting time on wildlife, especially birds. One of my favorite locations is Bell’s Neck in Harwich. Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl can be seen, and then the osprey show up with the arrival of herring in the run. Eagles, herons, and egrets join the action. As the leaves begin to pop out, song birds return.
Here are some of my favorite nature images that I have made in the past few months. Being able to get out in the natural world has helped keep my spirits up in these troubled times.
Last week, I was at Priscilla Landing in Orleans, working with the early autumn colors along the shore of Nauset Harbor. My Canon 70D with a Canon 100-400 L series lens were on my tripod, my other camera on a neck strap. As I turned and raised the camera, I saw the tripod going over. Smack- right on a rock. Foul word or two. Checking the gear, I found the flash shoe on the camera punched down, and the zoom lens wouldn’t zoom.
I had already been thinking of upgrading this set-up, but the plan had been to sell the old gear to help defray the cost. Now it would be all out of pocket. I went ahead and ordered a Canon 7D Mark II with the new version of the 100-400. A day later the new gear arrived.
Now for the karma- in the next two days, I sold enough work to pay for the new gear, and I was back to zero…
This photo of an immature sharp-shinned hawk is from my first session with the new gear. Hand held and a heavy crop. I am very pleased with the performance.