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It was a rare morning in Phoenix: cloudy for the most part. I was sort of lost without the sun and blue skies. I wound up keeping ten images, more than half of those of a single male Anna’s Hummingbird. Then therapy and more Ring-necked Ducks in flight. Just another day in Phoenix.

The Streak

Today makes two hundred nineteen days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 40 minutes to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

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Several folks on the Spoonbill IPTs used the Booking.Com link below and got great rates and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


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Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

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This image was created on the morning of Friday, February 16, 2018 with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the blazingly fast AF king, the Nikon D5 DSLR (Dual XQD Slots). ISO 400. Matrix metering at about – 1 2/3 stops: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 AUTO0 WB at 7:52am on a clear day.

Nikon quick and easy AF fine-tune: +8.

Center Group (grp) Shutter Button AF as originally framed. Be sure to click on the image to see the spectacular larger version.

Roseate Spoonbill taking flight

Another Surprising Revelation and the Demise of My Nikon D5 …

This is the bird that put a cap on the 2nd 2018 Spoonbill IPT when it flew in, landed in front of the group, bathed and flapped and preened and preened and flapped. After 30 minutes of that it looked around and took a step forward. In a whisper, I cautioned the group: “It is gonna take off.” It did. When the smoke had clear I had created almost 500 images of the bird. Three of the last four were the take-off images. All but one was more than sharp enough for me. Today’s featured image, the last one, is my favorite although the lift-off image –very similar to this one — is pretty darned good. I kept only 26 of the almost 500. Most folks would die for at least half of those that I got rid of. Such is my wonderful life.

Anyway, getting back to the point. Once I saw those image on my laptop I decided that I would keep my Nikon D5. As much as I love my D850 I was firmly convinced that for birds flying right at me — emphasis on the me — that the D5 outperformed the D850. That despite the two bodies having the identical AF system. The next day I was Focus Fine-tuning the D5 with my new 80-400 VR. I got a strange message on the back LCD. When I looked at the top LCD it said, and I quote, “ERR.” I took out the battery, cleaned the contacts, and put in a fresh battery. It still showed ERR. When I un-mounted the lens I noted that the shutter was jammed open. I packed it up and returned it to B&H for a full refund.

I am having another one delivered this week. That will have me doing lots more AF fine-tuning and give me the opportunity to get the new guide done. My plan at present is to use the D5 in pure flight situations. I may wind up with two D850s as I always make big international trips with three camera bodies.

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Spring at DeSoto is often magical

DeSoto IPT #1 Sunrise: 7:07 am. Sunset: 6:22pm.

3 1/2 DAYS: SUN 15 APR thru the morning session on WED 18 APR: $1599. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 4.

You must purchase a season Parking Pass in advance for early entry. Click here and scroll down for info. If you are not a local, the six month pass if fine. Best to order by mail. Join me to photograph a wide variety of birds of the shore including pelicans, gulls, terns, sandpipers, oystercatchers, heron, egrets, and night-herons. Many in full breeding plumage. Most are ridiculously tame. Osprey likely. Learn to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret DeSoto locations, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations. Enjoy some great sunrises and sunsets.

Which will offer better opportunities, Desoto #1 or DeSoto #2? I have no idea. Both have the potential to be great.

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DeSoto is one of the very few bird photography hotspots that can be great any given day of the year/strong>

DeSoto IPT #2. Sunrise: 6:41am. Sunset: 8:12pm.

SUN 13 MAY thru the morning session on WED 16 MAY: 3 1/2 DAYS: $1599.

You must purchase a season Parking Pass in advance for early entry. Click here and scroll down for info. If you are not a local, the six month pass if fine. Best to order by mail. Join me to photograph a wide variety of birds of the shore including pelicans, gulls, terns, sandpipers, oystercatchers, heron, egrets, and night-herons. Many in full breeding plumage. Most are ridiculously tame. Osprey likely. Learn to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret DeSoto locations, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations. Enjoy some great sunrises and sunsets.

Which will offer better opportunities, Desoto #1 or DeSoto #2? I have no idea. Both have the potential to be great.

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10 comments to Another Surprising AF Revelation and the Catastrophic Demise of My Nikon D5 …

  • avatar Josha

    Absolutely love the spoonbill in flight! Surprise to see your D5 failed since they are very well built. Seem quite a few of them and Canon 1DX II at Yellowstone this winter and they worked flawlessly at sub-freezing temperatures. My D810 and D500 required fresh batteries throughout the days.

  • Hey Arthur, Sounds like a great time was had by all with this spoonbill. Love the dark background and the head on take off pose.

  • avatar Roger Botting

    Art, I thought that you were going to write that the D5 died in some dramatic manner, I.e.that you drowned it after being knocked into the water by a charging rabbit.
    Also you originally wrote 5D, also thought that you were switching brands again.
    Good shooting with the new camera.

  • Great shot. Beautiful Light. I like the pose and water droplets.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for your quick reply.
    That was a terrific Spoonbill image.
    Joe

  • Hi
    Sorry to hear about your issues with the D5, Thought we were directed to return the camera to Nikon for repair or warentee issues , Has the procedure changed ? If we have issues are we now to return the camera to dealer?
    Thanks
    Joe

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Technically, the D5 was a loaner. That said, if I had a camera that failed totally after 6 weeks I would do my very best to have it replaced either by the dealer or the MFR. I am not positive how long the no questions asked return period is with B&H. In addition, if you use a Platinum Master Card for major purchases you have lots of amazing options that few folks no about.

      with love, artie