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Sep 16, 2022 22:20 |  #2596

It's the middle of September and the Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready to head south for the winter. I've had so much fun photographing them this year. I brought some plants into my backyard to attract them and it worked out quite well. The Z9 + 500PF continues to keep up with these fast little birds. Here are a couple of the last shots I'll probably get this season.


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Sep 18, 2022 19:54 |  #2597

DocRoger wrote in post #19426092 (external link)
It's the middle of September and the Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready to head south for the winter. I've had so much fun photographing them this year. I brought some plants into my backyard to attract them and it worked out quite well. The Z9 + 500PF continues to keep up with these fast little birds. Here are a couple of the last shots I'll probably get this season.
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Stunning shots Roger!

Can't wait to see more pass through our area. :-)


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Sep 19, 2022 09:54 |  #2598

DocRoger wrote in post #19426092 (external link)
It's the middle of September and the Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready to head south for the winter. I've had so much fun photographing them this year. I brought some plants into my backyard to attract them and it worked out quite well. The Z9 + 500PF continues to keep up with these fast little birds. Here are a couple of the last shots I'll probably get this season.
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Doc, both pics are awesome, but the first one is gorgeous. The colors of the flower really pop against that background, and the Hummy pose + eye contact is outstanding! Thank you for sharing!




  
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Sep 19, 2022 09:57 |  #2599

Doc's shots are a tough act to follow :-P

Hate the stick behind the subject, probably shouldn't be posting this image because of it, but this is a Lincoln's Sparrow, a new bird for me, one that we only see during migration. Thought it was a Swamp Sparrow (super common), but the light brown/peachy breast had me second guessing myself.


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Sep 20, 2022 10:15 |  #2600

Maiden voyage w/ the Z9 + 500PF this morning, get some cooperative Downy Woodpeckers in our River Birch and Apple trees out back, as the sun was coming up.

I won't belabor the point too much, but the Z9 is absolutely fantastic, and I can confidently say that it will be a worthy successor to my D500, which has served me well these past 3 years. Going into it, I thought the AF on the Z9 would be decent, yet still suffer from the issues that ML has had from the beginning, in that it would have trouble finding subjects against tangled backgrounds, and then get stuck on the background even if the subject was sitting clearly right under the AF point. Well, that is no longer a problem, and I about jumped for joy when attempting to snipe through leaves/branches the camera shrugged off all obstacles and nailed focus on the woodpeckers.

Not only that, the 500PF is an all-star on this body, it AF's quicker than a thought, and just locks on w/ a vigorous force. The thing is on steroids, now that it has a pro-level battery driving it. Haven't tried w/ the 1.4TC yet, that's my next test here in a bit :)

So yeah, not that many people are going to read this, but be confidant in knowing the Z9 AF is the real deal for birding (from my so-far limited experience, that is :p)


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Sep 20, 2022 10:38 |  #2601

MatthewK wrote in post #19427181 (external link)
Maiden voyage w/ the Z9 + 500PF this morning, get some cooperative Downy Woodpeckers in our River Birch and Apple trees out back, as the sun was coming up.

I won't belabor the point too much, but the Z9 is absolutely fantastic, and I can confidently say that it will be a worthy successor to my D500, which has served me well these past 3 years. Going into it, I thought the AF on the Z9 would be decent, yet still suffer from the issues that ML has had from the beginning, in that it would have trouble finding subjects against tangled backgrounds, and then get stuck on the background even if the subject was sitting clearly right under the AF point. Well, that is no longer a problem, and I about jumped for joy when attempting to snipe through leaves/branches the camera shrugged off all obstacles and nailed focus on the woodpeckers.

Not only that, the 500PF is an all-star on this body, it AF's quicker than a thought, and just locks on w/ a vigorous force. The thing is on steroids, now that it has a pro-level battery driving it. Haven't tried w/ the 1.4TC yet, that's my next test here in a bit :)

So yeah, not that many people are going to read this, but be confidant in knowing the Z9 AF is the real deal for birding (from my so-far limited experience, that is :p)


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Lovely shots, Matt.

I am happy for you and share the sentiments you have expressed.

It's difficult to put into words how nice it (and the experience) actually is.

For me, the 500PF is actually BETTER on the Z9 than it was on the D500 which really says a lot. I'd say that the Z9 AF with a 1.4x TC on the 500PF is as fast or even faster than the lens alone on my D500. I'll be eager to hear your experience with this. :-)


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Sep 20, 2022 15:04 |  #2602

The 500PF + 1.4 TC on the Z9, it's like the 1.4 isn't even there. Flawless AF performance, a far, far cry from how it acted on the D500.

We got some thunderstorms w/ hail blow through earlier this afternoon, which is exactly the conditions I love to shoot in, because storm light is the best light, and it's in the middle of fall migration! There was a ton of bird activity after the rain let up, 3-4 warbler species that I could count. Getting them to land in a good spot is the challenge though, and I didn't get too many looks, but it was still a good time! Here's a Palm Warbler, and a Tennessee Warbler; these are with the 1.4 TC, but POTN says otherwise:


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Sep 20, 2022 15:54 |  #2603

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The 500PF + 1.4 TC on the Z9, it's like the 1.4 isn't even there. Flawless AF performance, a far, far cry from how it acted on the D500.

We got some thunderstorms w/ hail blow through earlier this afternoon, which is exactly the conditions I love to shoot in, because storm light is the best light, and it's in the middle of fall migration! There was a ton of bird activity after the rain let up, 3-4 warbler species that I could count. Getting them to land in a good spot is the challenge though, and I didn't get too many looks, but it was still a good time! Here's a Palm Warbler, and a Tennessee Warbler; these are with the 1.4 TC, but POTN says otherwise:
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Awesome!

Again, this mirrors my experience. :-)

Crazy, isn't it?


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Sep 23, 2022 15:47 |  #2604

Fall migration is in full-swing, so far have had a few good species in the backyard, which I've posted the last couple of days. Today, we had some Yellow-rump females hanging around, along with the Palm and Tennessee. Female Hummingbirds are still hanging around, but I suspect they'll be leaving here shortly. Nice overcast weather and beautiful light, the trees are just starting to turn color, and that crisp autumn air makes it so enjoyable being outside. Easily my favorite time of the year.


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