Picture of the Day - I'm Dreaming Of 'Alder' - August 7, 2017


This morning when leaving work, we stopped off to one of our favourite ponds to see what was around. There were lots of birds, including yellowlegs, plovers, a kingfisher, red-wing blackbirds, sparrows, goldfinch, and this guy, an "Alder Flycatcher". There were a few around, and at least one we think was a fledgling that let us get pretty close and actually was trying to snooze for a bit......lol. I had a bit of a hard time choosing which one for my picture of the day., so Roger helped me pick this one :)

When getting this image ready to post, and I checked the settings, I found the ISO ended up higher than I wanted. I was shooting some birds in flight just before this and didn't lower my shutter speed to bring down my ISO (I had it on auto ISO). So when this bird landed in front of me, he landed into a dark area of the bushes with bright sunlight right behind him lighting up the bushes in back and causing the bird to be backlit and in shadow.. And of course, the camera brought up the ISO to compensate for the darkness. But I really like the results and there is very little noise. I'm happy about that :)

Taken with Canon 5D Mk lV & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm / 1/1600 secs / f8 / ISO 2500 / -2/3 exposure compensation.

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