Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbirds are very common in Colorado. They are permanent residents in most local parks, including Cherry Creek State Park, where I captured one of them while it was singing to attract a female. Spring is a great time for birds in Colorado, except when it gets very cold. It snowed today in Denver and the temperatures dropped below 40F, which is not abnormal for Colorado in April :)

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Hoping for a sunny day next week, so that I can get out and do some spring birding!

Captured with Nikon D3s and Nikon 300mm f/4.0 AF-S + 1.4x TC.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) WebMonster

    Do you “sing” to attract birds? :)

    Amasing picture!

    • WebMonster, no, but I wish I could :)))

      Thank you!

      • 5
        ) WebMonster

        Oh, I have just mis-read your post :) isntead of reading “while it was singing to attract a female. ” I read it as “while I was singing” :)

  2. 2
    ) Dennis

    Nice shot. This is my time seeing a Red-Winged Blackbird, it’s nice.

    Nasim, are there trade-offs when using a TC despite it can zoom in further?

    • Dennis, the biggest problem is loss of contrast and sharpness, especially with 2x teleconverters. I personally use 1.4x TCs 90% of the time, and occasionally use the 1.7x TC when I absolutely need the reach. 2x teleconverters are really made for fast telephotos, such as Nikon 300mm & 400mm f/2.8 and they perform very well on those lenses. The newly-released TC-20E III seems to work quite well with the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II as well.

      • 7
        ) Dennis

        Thanks for sharing, Nasim. Though I may not need more than 300mm for now, but definitely this TC will come in handy if I need the reach.
        Thanks!

  3. 8
    ) Robert Gomes

    The frustrating thing about shooting birds (hey, not that kind of shooting!) for me, with my telephoto lens is that they are still so small even though I am shooting with the Canon 55-250mm lens. You need to really get in close!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgomes/4811405460/in/set-72157624416836845/#/

    Thanks!

    • Robert, it would be challenging to shoot birds at 250mm for sure – you might get some good results close to bird feeders. Otherwise, you would need at least 400mm to get relatively good shots of wild birds…

      By the way, your Flickr page is giving access denied error .

  4. 10
    ) Robert Gomes

    Hi Nasim,

    Oh for sure… I am only shooting around my deck/bird feeder. Take a look at these mourning doves. Cute as anything.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgomes/sets/72157624565081691/

    Robert

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