Saturday, October 3, 2009

Camera-Critters #78: Cattle Egret

After coming back from Cape Cod, I have not shown any bird photography at Camera-Critters. We have posted four series of butterflies from the Flying Cow Ranch. I thought I will change the scene a bit and post the Cattle Egret that I photographed at the Ranch.

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) likes to stay around buffalos and cows in the field thus the name. The feathers of the head and neck change to color yellow in the mating season of spring. I photographed it once in that color early this year.

I took the picture with my Nikon D300 and 70-300 mm VR lens. I usually do my bird photography with my D700 and 80-400 VR lens. 400 mm on a full-frame D700 is just a little bit shorter than 300 mm on a D300 (450 mm). But I love the high ISO capability and the resolution of the D700. This time I have the 105 mm micro lens on the D700 for the butterfly photography and have no mood of carrying the heavy 80-400 mm VR lens under the 100°C temperature. However, as you can see from this picture, the combination of of D300 and 70-300 mm VR lens still did a magnificent job. It is a lot lighter in weight to carry around.

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7 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear friends!
wow this critter is charming and you guys are so talent about photography!
Very informative post and I loved all pictures!
I need to confess that I understand nothing about lens and the like but the result of it is fabulous, great post!
Congratulations!
Happy camera critters, purrs and love
Luna

Squirrel said...

Nice Shots!

Squirrel said...

They have an interesting life history don't they. Nice photos.

eileeninmd said...

Great photos of the Cattle Egrets. They are pretty birds and thanks for sharing your critter.

magiceye said...

lovely captures!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

what a super bird

ps - regarding the steam train on my photoblog - It is quite a busy line and although run by volunteers and visited by lots of tourists it does serve the local communities too.

Denise said...

Your cattle egret photos are magnificent. What a beautiful bird!

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