March 2014 Old & New
I recently dug up some OLD pictures I took when I started photo-birding almost five years ago. At that time I was using a small point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. These are the best pictures I was able to get back then (2010), which included some not so common birds—a Marbled godwit, King rail and a Snow bunting.
The Great Horned owl and Cooper’s hawk, though more common in Florida, are still not seen that often.
The more common varieties I’ve been able to see on a regular basis since starting birding include Great Blue and Green herons, and the Eastern towhee and Pied-billed grebe.
A year later (2011) I got my first DSLR camera, a Canon 7D with a 400mm lens. It quickly improved my chances for getting better pictures thanks to its quicker focusing, and rapid shooting capabilities (up to seven shots per second versus one). Here are a few of the best NEW pictures I’ve been able to get since then.
Whether Old or New, it has all been great fun both looking for birds and getting their pictures!
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist