Duck Soup From a Storm: Part I. Duck Eating Bicycle Tire? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Duck Soup From a Storm: Part I. Duck Eating Bicycle Tire?

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My knee is feeling better but I am taking it easy for a bit longer. I have not been hitting any golf balls as there have been mega-thunderstorms every afternoon. I am nearly finished work on my A Bird Photographer’s Story Memphis keynote program. But I am still far behind on e-mails …

Three folks have sent deposit checks for the 2019 Galapagos Photo Cruise of a Lifetime. We need seven more folks in the next few months for the trip to go. Click here and scroll down a bit for the details.

It is rare that a blog post goes two days without a single comment, especially when a question is posed. I am wondering if folks received notice of and/or saw Friday’s Tenacity. Simplicity. blog post here.

Long Island Small Group Instruction

I will be returning to my old haunts on Long Island from 15-27 August, prime time for bird photography. The schedules below may be expanded based on demand.

Skimmer Sessions

Join me at Nickerson Beach to photograph Black Skimmers and lots more. Gull predation of young skimmers is likely. With full frame bodies, a minimum of a 500mm lens with TCs is recommended. 400mm OK with crop factor bodies.

Skimmer Mornings: AUG 16 & 17, 2018. 5:30 – 9:00am plus a working brunch: $375/session. Limit 4.

Skimmer Afternoons (usually best for flight): AUG 16 & 17, 2018. 5:00pm till sunset: $250/session. Limit 4.

Please inquire e-mail for multiple session discounts.

Shorebird Sessions

Join me at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay WR on the ideal tides to photograph southbound migrant juvenile shorebirds. With full frame bodies, a minimum of a 500mm lens with TCs is recommended. 400mm OK with crop factor bodies.

Important note: The Shorebird Mornings are dependent on suitable water levels at the East Pond. If the pond is flooded, the sessions will be conducted at Nickerson Beach.

Shorebird Mornings: AUG 24 & 25, 2018. 6:00 – 9:30am plus a working brunch: $375/session. Limit 4.

Please inquire via e-mail for multiple session discounts.

To register, please call Jim or Jen with your credit card in hand: 863-692-0906. I hope that you can join me.

PHOTOEXPO 2018

If you missed the PHOTOEXPO 2018 announcement and live anywhere within driving or flying distance of Memphis, TN, click here for the info. I have rides to Beale Street for both nights. If you are attending, please stop by the BAA table for a handshake and a hug.

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Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

Recent Sales

BAA-friend “Bug” Bob Allen sold a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Zoom lens in excellent condition for the a BAA record low price of $527.00 in mid-July.
NANPA President Don Carter sold his Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens in excellent condition for the BAA record-low-by-far price of $525 the first day it was listed. Yours truly sold his like-new Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens for $699 in late June.
Ray Maynard sold his Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS lens (the original version) in near-mint condition for the BIRDS AS ART record-low price of $2349.000 and a Canon 2X III teleconverter in near-mint condition for $285.00 both in mid-July.
Bill Ketterer sold his Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens in excellent condition for the lowest ever BAA price of $3399.00 in early June.
Jim Keener sold his Canon EOS-1DX Mark II in near-mint condition for $3,999.00 the first day it was listed.
Ray Maynard sold his Canon 1.4X III teleconverter in near-mint condition for the low price of $299.00 in late June, 2018.
Randall Ennis sold his Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in excellent condition for $849.00 in late June.
Joel Williams sold his Sony Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35 f/4 ZA OSS lens in like-new condition for $629 (was $749) in late June, 2018.
Joel Williams also sold his Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens in like-new condition for $749 (was $949) in April 2018.
Pierre Williot sold his Canon EOS 7D Mark II in like-new condition for a very fair $848.00 in late June, 2018.
Top BAA used gear seller Jim Keener sold his Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens in like-new condition for the BAA record low price of $1349.00 the first day it was listed in late June.
Jim Keener sold a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body in excellent condition for the BAA record-low price of $999.00 (was $1149.00) in mid-June.
Jim Keener sold a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens in like-new condition for the BAA record low price of $1099.00 in early June.

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Patrick Sparkman saved $350 on a recent purchase!

Hard to Find Nikon Stuff Available Now

Steve Elkins has several Nikon D850s in stock right now. In addition, he just received a Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens! E-mail Steve about a special deal on the big Nikon zoom lens that — like its Canon counterpart, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Internal Extender 1.4x lens — is especially great for trips to Africa, the Southern Ocean, or the Galapagos.

Booking.Com

Several folks on the UK IPT used the Booking.Com link below for there Edinburgh hotels, 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.

Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers 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.

Common Eider drake in rain _MAI4058  Norway

This image was created on June 11, 2018 in Vadsø, Norway. As I did not bring my BLUBB to Europe, I used the window-supported Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III and my souped up Nikon D850. ISO 1600. Matrix metering +2/3 stop: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3. NATURAL AUTO WB on a rainy mid-morning.

Center single AF point (AI Servo in Canon)/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on sea duck’s black cap just above the base of the upper mandible. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Image #1: Common Eider in the rain

The Situation

Even though is was raining and blowing hard Amy and I decided to head to the harbor and see if we could find any birds to photograph from the vehicle. The strong east wind was behind us and thus, we were able to keep ourselves and our gear dry. We found several eiders, both males and females, in a small section of the marina. I went with my long lens and the TC-14E, amy with her 2-5/D500 combo. Balancing the lens on a lowered window is a bit tricky but without my BLUBB that was the best that I could do. One trick is to keep the lens on the very left side of the lowered window so that the door frame gives you a a second point of support. In addition, I raised the ISO and went with a higher-than-usual shutter speed to offset ay potential instability.

Common-Eider-eating-snails

This image was created by Amy Novotny on June 11, 2018 in Vadsø, Norway with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 300mm) and the Nikon D500. ISO 1000: 1/800 sec. at f/8. AUTO0 WB on a rainy mid-morning.

A single AF point two to the left and one below the center AF point/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon)/Shutter button AF as originally framed was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the duck’s head. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2: Common Eider, drake eating snails
Image courtesy of and copyright 2018: Amy Novotny

Bicycle Tire

When Amy saw the drake eider pecking at the bicycle tire, she asked, “What is it doing?” They like to eat invertebrates, especially the small clams that they dive for. It might be going after barnacles. Amy made a few images, blew one up, and exclaimed, “It’s eating snails!”

Two Lessons

1- You definitely cannot make any images if you opt to sit in your hotel room lamenting the foul weather.

2- Intermediate and long zoom lenses have it all over long glass when it comes to photographing action and behavior. As does the ability to hand hold most of the zooms.

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3 comments to Duck Soup From a Storm: Part I. Duck Eating Bicycle Tire?

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Two good lessons and images; thanks. I often use my Canon 7DII/100-400II as a substitute for binoculars and also sometimes discover things I hadn’t initially seen when I view the images on my computer. Once I was photographing a calliope hummingbird on a feeder and when I looked at the images later I saw there was a second one I’d not noticed.

  • avatar Kevin Gallagher In CT

    Hi all, I see Art mention Steve Elkins, how do you contact him?

    Thanks, Kevin

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Kevin, This has been in every blog post (including this one) for the past few months:

      Contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order.

      with love, artie