Like many area photographers I’m chomping at the bit for the arrival of spring birding season in Southern Ontario. The last week or so has seen the arrival of a number of migratory species so things are beginning to heat up which has fueled my optimism.
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The majority of COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted here as of Monday which is welcomed by many people. I’ll still be wearing my N95 masks when indoors around other people for a while yet as I view this as a prudent safety precaution.
One never knows what spring birding season opportunities Mother Nature will provide. Ospreys are one of my favourite species of birds so I’m hoping to get some new photographs of them fishing.
I’m also hoping that I’ll have a lot more opportunities to photograph hummingbirds in flight, and get a good assortment of Pro Capture H image runs of small birds taking flight.
Tomorrow morning I have an outing planned at Ruthven Park in Cayuga Ontario. This location tends to attract a wide variety of migrating birds, so it will be interesting to see which species have arrived. The facility has been closed for most of the COVID-19 period so this will be my first trip there in about 2 years.
Hopefully the various bird-in-flight practice sessions that I’ve had during the winter months will pay some dividends during spring birding season.
Some of my other priorities for 2022 include doing more outdoor macro photography, flower photography and some landscape work. Fine tuning my skills photographing dragonflies and other insects in flight is also something I’ll be spending some time on as we get further into the summer season.
I’ve been going through some old photography files the past while and came upon some images from September 2017 that I hadn’t made time to process. That’s a polite way of saying that I had some lapses in properly planning my workflow and screwed up big time.
As I was going through some of those old images from September 2017 I found these osprey photographs. They brought back some fond memories.
No doubt camera gear has evolved since the Nikon 1 V3 was launched back in March 2014… but it is also true that our older camera gear is still quite capable.
The most important thing about spring birding season is the birds… not the gear that we happen to use. After a lot of new camera models have been introduced it is natural for some folks to look at their old gear with some GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) orientation.
Looking at some of our older photographs can help remind us that our existing gear is still very capable. When Mother Nature provides us with some opportunities this spring birding season a critical factor will be the skill set of the photographer looking through the viewfinder. Regardless of the camera format, make or model that is being used.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops are noted. Photographs were resized for web use. This is the 1,148 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
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