During this time of year, American Avocets dot the waterways around Arizona. In Tucson and surrounding areas, they are more commonly seen during migration.
The shots today were taken at Cochise Lake at Willcox. Originally I went to find the Scaled Quail reported in the area. I did find them....by accident. But it was because I was trying to get clearer shots of the American Avocets. Some birds are tricky to capture perfectly in full sun. And with our bright blue Arizona skies, these birds can reflect some of that light causing the pic to blur. But not today.
The camera used is a Nikkon D5200 DSLR. The lens is the best kind as it can shoot long range or short range acting as two lens in one. No switching needed for the wildlife shots. It has a 28 to 300 mm lens range which will now allow me a fuller detailed pic. A camera hood was added to the lens to block out the sun. While I enjoy photography, I am now ready to push the limits and want that detail without any slight blur. You'll be seeing more of these shots coming up in future posts.
I had missed birding with Kathie and called her up one day to see if she was up for another birding trek. I don't have to twist her arm for trips like these:) It was a beautiful day as we circled Cochise Lake in Willcox.
I tried different angles with movement, etc. All the pics taken on this post today were used with the same lens!!! It comes highly recommended for any wildlife photographer as one can pull back for the glorious landscape shots or focusing tightly on a subject further away. Canon offers a lens similar to the Nikkon series and I'll be looking into that lens down the road.
In this last pic, we see American Avocets with two Lesser Yellowlegs. This lens is amazing and has converted me:) It's all about the lens with these cameras. And of course, the costs prove that:) More coming up.....