After the Thaw

My next few series of pictures I’m not sure how to break up, as I better formulate what is, and is not shareable. Anyways, just being sharp is not enough anymore. I’ve been shooting spring sports like crazy and I’m overloaded with 20,500 pictures in 18 days. Absolutely crushing my shutter.  I’ve been pretty good with processing it all the same day and getting it out, except for some personal images that have been piling up. I’ve been happy with my exposures so far, although I’m getting a bit greedy, chopping some hands and heads off trying to fill the frame a bit too much. Some sports I’m having to make some new decisions as I’m carrying around 4 lenses. Having lots of fun with the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, but only for a change of pace, or team huddles and group shots. Track and field should be easier when I use my Sigma 150-600C, but I need to be judicious with my AF points and move my feet or I get caught with obstacles or get stuck too close. I need to find the right angles for high jump, pole vault, etc. Maybe I should be at f/5.6 or more sometimes on the 70-200 and more than f/8 on the 150-600C. If I hit the feet it gets soft on the face. Whats a decent picture without a face in it? Either obscured or out of focus. Not so great.

Now this has nothing to do with birds. Yes, but a bird in flight is 10x harder than a sophomore in flight. And I’ve had a few tough winter month’s, missing the Egret and the myriad heron. I’ve been seeing some migrants but not necessarily getting close enough to make a pretty image. Now that spring is fully here I have to clean out some of my cold weather finds from here in New Jersey so I can put up all these pictures I’m getting of returning migrants that I’m super excited about, yet cant find the time to edit. Also a series of Bufflehead shots and tons of newly returned Egrets and cruising hawks. In the meantime in between time, here are some selects from the winter into early spring. Thanks for viewing!

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White-Breasted Nuthatch, Great Swamp NJ
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White-Breasted Nuthatch, Great Swamp NJ
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Muskrat, Whippany Nj
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Muskrat, Whippany
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Great Blue Heron, Morristown Nj
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House Sparrow, Morristown Nj
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Grackle, Morristown Nj
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Starling, Morristown Nj
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Starling, Morristown NJ
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Unsure (I can’t find my field guide)
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Great Blue Heron
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House Finch, Morristown. A first
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Unsure
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Black Capped Chickadee
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Belted Kingfisher

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Northern Mockingbird
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Northern Cardinal male with female
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Barn Swallow, Whippany NJ
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Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Great Swamp
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Downy Woodpecker, Great Swamp
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Muskrat
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Northern Shoveler , Whippany NJ
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Mourning Dove, Morristown
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Dark-Eyed Junco
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Hooded Merganser Drake, Morristown
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Hooded Merganser pair, Morristown
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Great Blue Heron, Morristown
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Mute Swan, Whippany
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Mute Swan, Sandy Hook NJ
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Brant @ Sandy Hook
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Northern Shoveler, Whippany
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Sanderling, Sandy Hook
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Interesting miss

 

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