Shoreline Regional Wildlife Area: Birds and Butterflies

Headed out with the 28-300mm lens this morning, sans tripod. Indoors, the lens is much too slow. However, in the sunny outdoors, it covers a broad range without a hitch.

Tern

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 320, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/1,600s

In the late morning, Shoreline Lake was almost empty. There were a few birds around the lake, but nothing close to the lake at dusk. At 300mm, the details of the tern are much more visible, compared to the July 4th photos.

Great Egret

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 160, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/800s

This Great Egret was just standing by the shoreline, until it felt itchy. Scratch, scratch, scratch.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 180, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/800s

This one was really far away.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 1250, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/1,600s

I think this is a snowy egret. I’ve never seen a bird sitting on its rear with its legs sticking out.

Snowy Egret

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 180, 300mm, 0 EV, f/5.6, 1/1,600s

I’m used to seeing pigeons hanging out in the eaves. Here is one on a tree.

Brown Pigeon

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 1600, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/1,600s

Finally, some butterflies. The Gulf Fritillary, which you can compare against one taken with a macro lens.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 1600, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/1,600s

And a Common Buckeye. This fellow kept twitching its wings, so I couldn’t capture an image with its wings fully spread.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 900, 300mm, 0 EV, f/8, 1/1,600s

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