Using a prime lens will always have its advantages and disadvantages with photography. Sharpness, focus speed and lens quality is a great factor to have but with closer subjects focal length and minimum focussing distances comes in to play. This was the case with this juvenile Night Heron.
This individual came within the minimum 4.5m focussing distance of the 500mm f/4 lens I was using. Attaching a 25mm extension tube (giving me 25% closer focus), this brought the subject back in focus again. The Night Heron was still huge in the frame but I wasn’t able to zoom out or move further back. Keeping the focussing point over the eye and creating the best composition was all I could do in this situation. This is one of the images I achieved.
Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm extension tube.
Often referring to this bird as looking like a ‘pick-axe’, in my opinion the Hoopoe has got to have one of the best latin names in the bird world… Upupa epops!
After successfully raising the first brood this little gift was for the female for the start of the second brood.
Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Hungary, June, 2014
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Members of the crow family are thought to be one of the most intelligent within the bird world. Very similar to the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) which are all black, these Hooded Crow are a common sight in Hungary. Here is a simple portrait of a Hooded Crow for this evening.
Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, Hungary, April, 2014.
I’m back over in Hungary and this time trying out a new hide. Along with Great White Egret, Grey Heron and Hooded Crow, this Night Heron was one of the first visitors. It’s amazing that this breeding adult managed to swallow this carp. It went down the hatch though!
Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, April, 2014.
New locations always throw up difficulties and this new Bee-eater colony was no exception. A few sessions here provided some nice results and I can’t want to try out some new ideas next year. Here’s a pair in the last rays of the sun.
European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Hungary, 2013.