It is exciting to get a shiny new camera. Like most electronics, they start out looking very nice and functioning well, but a camera used for birding is going to start getting a bit banged up. Sometimes the damage is just cosmetic and so not really important, but sometimes things break and have to be repaired. What do you do when your camera breaks?
In May, Jim and I took our birding on the road to go to “The Biggest Week in American Birding” festival and to see the warblers at Magee Marsh near Lake Erie in Ohio. We spent a solid week birding at the marsh and around the area and loved the adventure. During our time there, we saw 101 species of birds and added 27 to our birding life list. Along the way, we photographed some of these birds, me with a point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix p900 zoom lens camera and Jim using a DSLR Canon 7d Mark II with a 400mm lens. In this post, I will share pictures of some of these cool birds, taken mostly with the Nikon, but with a few from the Canon so you can compare the results when two people using two different cameras photograph birds under the same conditions.
Want to set up your own bird photography default settings? In my post the other day, “Backyard Bird Photos: Basic Tips”, I mentioned that I wasn’t happy with the automatic Bird watching mode of my Nikon Coolpix p900 and instead created my own group of default settings for bird photography. If your camera lets you set things like ISO, focus and metering options, aperture or shutter speed settings, etc., you can probably tweak them to improve your bird photos too. Even if you have a different camera, the settings I’m sharing in this post should give you ideas for how you might set it up to work best for you.