Saturday, August 2, 2008

Camera Critter Meme #17

When I began nature photography years ago, I had a 35mm Canon Rebel 2000. It was a nice camera and was able to use it for many photos. However, the first time I saw an Ash-throated Flycatcher, I ran and got my camera, put the 70-300 Sigma zoom on it and went on safari.

I found the flycatcher where I left him, lifted the camera and looked through the viewfinder. "Where's the bird?" I thought. Carefully looking scanning the viewfinder, I located the bird. But it looked so small, I thought I hadn't zoomed out far enough. Well, I started to get closer and the bird flew. Again, I attempted to get closer, and again the bird flew. Realizing I wasn't going to get any closer, I lifted the camera and fired off a couple of shots. When the prints came back, the bird was there, but hard to see well.

Fast forward 10 years. Today I have a 6 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel. I also have a similar 70-300mm Canon zoom on it. Since the camera is digital and works on a lens factor multiplier, the lens shoots images which are comparable to 112-480mm zoom.

So when I was out on safari the other day and saw an Ash-throated Flycatcher, I decided to get a photo of it. I lifted the camera, found the bird in the frame and took a couple of steps forward. Well, the bird flew, but not before I got a shot of it.

So, for the week's Camera Critter Meme, may I present, Caruso - The Singing Ash-throated Flycatcher.

15 comments:

Kahshe Cottager said...

It is a lovely shot and a beautiful bird! It looks very much like the Phoebe that wakes me up at 4:30 every morning!! lol

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Gretchen said...

What a really great shot! I never have the right lens with to take bird photos.

Crafty Gardener said...

Photography certainly has evolved since digital cameras. I'm ready to move up to another digital camera with a bigger zoom lens.
Lovely photo.

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bobbie said...

Yes, Caruso does look as if he's singing his little heart out. Very nice shot.

Misty Dawn said...

This bird AND the photo are major bool!!!

ratmammy said...

Bravo! coincidentally enough, i just finished reading a fiction novel in which one of the main characters was an avid bird watcher. :)

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! An ash-throated Flycatcher huh. Well what a cutie. I love the hair-do when you enlarge the picture. Beautiful. Lisa

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Absolutely stunning photography! Beautiful capture and excellent information. Thank you.
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lapa37 said...

Congrats on finally getting your bird he was well worth the wait.

i beati said...

mighty cool bird and one I don't get to see in Fl.. sk

babooshka said...

That really is a marvellous shot. Wildlife photography takes real dedictaion, but don't you get stunning rewards like this.

fishing guy said...

Ash: A wonderful shot of the bird, you did a greta job on this capture, nice post also.

AppleDebbie said...

I think Caruso is an appropriate name for this little guy! Wonderful photo!

PJ said...

There's nothing more challenging than photgraphing wildlife, except your own children. Congratulations on getting your fabulous photo.
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Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Well done! I very much like the focus on the bird and branch. The photo, enlarged, is amazing. Nice Critter capture.