Best of 2011 – Wildlife

While looking through the 2011 photographs, I realized that I shot very few wildlife images last year. Part of it has to do with the fact that I was too busy testing equipment, but I also realized that I just did not get out locally as much as I used to in order to photograph birds and other wildlife of Colorado. A large number of great wildlife shots from Yellowstone and Glacier NP were lost during my two week trip across North-Western US as well, due to my own fault. All in all, 2011 was just not a good wildlife year for me. Hopefully I will do better in 2012. Enjoy!

Tricolored Heron

NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 300mm, ISO 200, 1/800, f/5.6

1) Tricolored Heron 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Sandhill Cranes Taking Off

NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 200, 1/1250, f/5.6

2) Sandhill Cranes Taking Off 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 400, 1/1000, f/5.6

3) Iguana 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper


NIKON D3S + 200-400mm f/4 @ 600mm, ISO 1600, 1/320, f/6.7

4) Grouse 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Birds at Sunset

NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 1250, 1/400, f/5.6

5) Birds at Sunset 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Common Merganser

NIKON D3S + 400mm f/2.8 @ 550mm, ISO 500, 1/1000, f/5.6

6) Common Merganser 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Burrowing Owl

NIKON D3S + 200-400mm f/4 @ 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/800, f/5.6

7) Burrowing Owl 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Buffalo Feeding

NIKON D5100 + 200-400mm f/4 @ 200mm, ISO 1600, 1/60, f/5.6

8) Buffalo Feeding 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Blue Bird

NIKON D7000 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 400, 1/1600, f/5.6

9) Blue Bird 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Birds at Twilight

NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 24.6mm, ISO 100, 25/10, f/8.0

10) Birds at Twilight 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

Sandhill Crane

NIKON D700 + 300mm f/4 @ 420mm, ISO 500, 1/1000, f/5.6

11) Birds at Sunset 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

  • Scott

    Superb Pic’s Nasim. May your 2012 year be better in quantity for wildlife as you request….. for the quality in 2011 cannot be criticized

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you Scott! :)

  • Paul

    Great images, Nasim!

    I especially love the second photo.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you Paul!

  • Onelifethislife

    These are fantastic photos! May I ask what lens was used for these photos? I am new to digital photography and trying learn as much as I can to better my own work. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you! Please see my response below to Umit about which lenses I used for the above shots. I will be posting an article on wildlife lenses soon.

  • Ümit Alper TÜMEN

    Dear Mr. Mansurov;
    Thank you very much for your great wildlife pictures. I kindly ask you that please tell me which lens you are using for bird or wildlife photos.

    Best Regards,

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Umit, I will be publishing an article on “best Nikon wildlife lenses” later this week, so stay tuned. My primary wildlife lenses are the Nikon 300mm f/4 and Nikon 200-400mm f/4.

  • Wilson

    Wonderful pictures!

    The “Birds at Twilight” is my favorite.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you Wilson! :)

  • Brian

    how did you manage to lose the photos? Please be kind enough as to pass on your experiences so we don’t make the same mistake!

  • Nathan

    These photos are amazing. I live in Nebraska. Animals that I normally take are cranes. They just come once a year. However, my crane pics are not even half good as yours. My D90 lens kit allow me to zoom upto only 105 mm.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Nathan, that’s another spot I want to check out sometime later – I heard that millions of cranes arrive there during migration. As for your kit lens, yes, it would be tough to capture fast action with that lens. The bad news is, good telephoto lenses are not cheap :(

  • Ravi


    I have come across many Wildlife photo’s and your’s are always rich in color, detail and composition.

    Fantastic !

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thanks Ravi!

  • Leonel

    Hopefully you can get out more in 2012 to create more wonderful images!

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you Leonel, will try! :)

  • Rich

    Happy New Year!
    Beautiful images as usual!
    A while back you told me that the Nikon 80-200 I had purchased was a “jack of all trades………”
    I would like to secure a wide angle zoom. You have recomended the 16-85 to others. Do you think this is the best way to go. D7000 and landscape are my criteria.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Rich, thank you!

      I think you are confusing the 18-200mm (which is what I called the “jack of all trades and master of none”). The 80-200mm lens is actually a great lens. As for a wide-angle lens, yes, I highly recommend the Nikon 16-85mm – it is a great and sharp lens for the D7000.

  • Howard

    Are you typically using AF or MF to get this perfect focus on the birds?

  • Jane

    Wonderful photos, as usual Nasim. Your beautiful work is so inspiring.

  • Peter Clark

    Beautiful wildlife pictures, up to your usual standards of perfection, thanks for posting, Peter

  • Rick Beldegreen

    I read somewhere in your articles about using the center focal point for best focus. But you also use continuous focus so you can not recompose your frame. When you try to fill your frame with your subject, the eye is usually not in the center so i am usually shifting my main focus point to that area of the frame that I want to concentrate on. Am I missing something? I am happy I found your site. It is very informative

  • yudi

    amazing, congrats for all those great picture …

  • Adnan Khan

    Top quality work ,very refreshing to see after so much ranting and chanting about cameras :)