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Capturing A Fast Bird With A Slow Camera.

Posted by: Jim Zablotny on 05/20/2013 - 6:16 PM

I spent the morning at the Black Swamp Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Northwest Ohio and was able to capture a few gems. Warblers are fast birds that rarely sit still and I was able to capture this male chestnut-sided warbler as it was foraging in low shrubs along the boardwalk. Enjoy......................Jim
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Posted by: Rich Franco on 05/20/2013 - 7:05 PM


Looks to me the camera AND the cameraman were plenty fast! Nice shot!



Posted by: Todd Bennett on 05/20/2013 - 8:15 PM



Posted by: Roy Erickson on 05/20/2013 - 9:40 PM

Yep - nice capture - and little birdies are so quick. "I", not the camera, was too slow the other day to catch a Redstart - I had not seen one in years - and not around here before.


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 05/20/2013 - 9:53 PM

Missing spring bird migration. Not a big event in central Florida and most don't even sing until they get north. Doesn't ever get much better then what you got for a wood warbler in it's habitat.


Posted by: Joann Vitali on 05/20/2013 - 9:56 PM

I have yet to capture a bird with a fast did awesome!


Posted by: Steven Ralser on 05/20/2013 - 10:07 PM

Back before I went fully digital I had Canon G3. Cameras of thatvintage weren't terribly fast. Sandhill cranes aren't particularly fast, but combined with a slow camera, it still wasn't easy. I eventually came up with this on.

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Posted by: Rich Franco on 05/20/2013 - 10:22 PM

Here's a bird I had for a few weeks, in Central Florida. Came in with a bunch of finches and left with a bunch of finches! An Indigo Bunting and he had a younger male with him, but no female that I ever saw. This is the first Bunting I have ever seen in all my years here in Florida, hope they remember my yard next year!

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Posted by: Jim Zablotny on 05/21/2013 - 6:58 PM


Thank you for comments! Rich, those indigo buntings are quite scarce up near me--not enough brushy woodland edges near my house. You should have painted buntings which are common down South. I had a chance at one, but it never came within range of teh 300mm f4. Here's another shot of a tired tree swallow. :

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