On this cold frosty morning I peered out of my office window to see a pheasant on the roof of my neighbour’s office. So, grabbing my little Nikon D5300 fitted with a 28-300mm Nikkor lens and quietly easing open the window, I grabbed a few shots, one as pictured. Then, smack me with a lump of 4×4! I spotted a pair of (I think) wood pigeons in trees that border our rear garden. I’m not really knowledgeable about feathered birds and the other kind are a mystery too. As the’ cropped sensor’ 300mm lens gave me a 450mm full frame equivalent, no cropping was necessary for the pheasant which was around 6-7 metres away. The pigeons were another matter, 30-35 metres away high up in those trees. So I grabbed the Sigma ‘Bigma’ 50-500mm and fitted that lens to the D5300, giving me a 750mm super telephoto. As the birds were 30-35 metres away, I still had to crop in by 200% later when processing the files in Lightroom.
The office window wasn’t providing the best aspect, so I zoomed up to our attic and hung out of the window with my monster lens. I managed to shoot the birds hand held, using a lump of packaging material to cushion and reduce shake – tripod not an option. After a few moments, one bird flew down towards me and hitting the button, I fired 4 frames before it disappeared out of view. See photo No2!