Pileated Woodpecker

Posted August 20th, 2011 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink
Pileated Woodpecker. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC, Gitzo CF tripod.

Pileated Woodpecker. Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC, Gitzo CF tripod.

Last night my family and I were enjoying dinner on the back patio when my son exclaimed “woodpecker!” I’ve seen a group of three woodpeckers hanging out on my land for the last few weeks and have wanted to get a decent photo of them.

I grabbed my Nikon D300s, 200-400mm f4 and 1.4x TC and snapped 30 or so photos before this beautiful bird flew away into the woods. Out of the 30 shots, this was the only one sharp enough to work with. All the others had significant motion blur from the fast movements of the bird.

Since I’ve been preparing for a shot of the woodpeckers, I’ve left my camera and lens set up on my tripod. As Ansel Adams said, luck befalls the prepared photographer!



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