The cherry and apple trees in my backyard are in full bloom, so there's just been a ton of activity the past week. It's been hard staying inside to work, but every so often I peek out to see what's going on. Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireo, Northern Cardinal, Yellow Warbler and typical fare like House Sparrows and Wren are the regulars, but I've also had Tennessee and Wilson's Warblers out there as well.
These Yellow Warblers have been fun to shoot. Mr. Yellow (photo #1) has been here for a couple of weeks, and the Missus (photo #2) just showed up in the last few days. Love the breeding "tiger stripe" plumage on the male! Figure they're already shacked up along the stream behind my land, so hopefully will see some fledglings soon.
I've been lazy and just shooting from my porch, necessitating the use of the 1.4TC. I have not been a huge fan of the TC the 500PF because the AF is sluggish and can easily get stuck on the back/foreground (just like ML, yay), and it's vital that you're pre-focused and somewhat in the ballpark because once the AF is out there, it's not coming back w/o manually pulling focus. I've gotten better using it though, it just requires being very deliberate in its application.
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