Snow And Birds Feeding

Mourning Dove on the Feeder

It was a snow day, and the birds came to visit the feeder.  When the mourning doves were at the feeder they were messy and scattered seed all around, which allowed the juncos and other birds to eat the seed that fell on the floor of the porch.  At one point we had 10 mourning doves, another point a half a dozen juncos plus a pair of cardinals.

Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco

What also happened today is my brand-new Nikon D810 arrived and after I had set it up.  I did take a few pictures of the mourning dove and was very impressed.  I shot my other photos with my Nikon D7100 in the snow and utilized an ISO of 1000, and a shutter speed of 1000 to freeze the birds.  With my new Nikon, although the snow stopped, I used an ISO of 200 and a shutter speed of 500 which froze the bird and gave me a sharp shot.  F-stop for all was 2.8.

Also, the nicest part of today was that I was photographing through my back deck slider window and I kept warm.

Mourning Dove photograph with the D810

I am going to join my friend John tomorrow photographing plum island up to Rye New Hampshire and I am going to see how the new camera performs.

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