Stopped by my only reliable painted bunting spot last weekend and saw a lady with a hugeass Canon setup in the area. Didn't ask what her gear was but the lens appeared to be around 3 feet long with the sunshade and the cap size appeared to be between 7 and 9 inches. I was slightly Jealous but would have been badly so had she been shooting Nikon gear I am familiar with. She said she was a pro which sort of goes without saying since most amateurs won't drop the approx 12-15K in gear she was using. Anyway, that's the J part.
As luck would have it a male Painted Bunting briefly appeared and I was able to get a few shots off before it disappeared as they typically do for me. Unfortunately my ISO was set too low to get my shutter speed up where it needs to be but at least it was on a branch instead of the usual bird feeder just out of the frame.
Here's the PB.DSC_6794 (1)
, on FlickrDSC_6793crop
, on Flickr
i believe you nailed #1...
ya jest nevah know when ya thought ya had a dud, it turns into a keeper....
good work as always....
The Real White Dog
if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
#12976, joined 8-17-2002
The best luck would probably be coastal North Florida but they apparently cover the state pretty well during the migration. The first, and only, place I have ever seen a male is at Fort Clinch where they maintain a few feeder stations. There's also a station just down the coast from there at Little Talbot Island state park. A friend of a friend apparently has then come to her feeder pretty regularly in Jacksonville proper.
I have seen exactly 1 female in my back yard West of Downtown Jax.
You are being excessively kind Mac but thanks. It turned out OK for a 300mm non-stabilized lens at 1/250th though. If I was a better photog and paying attention I would have properly bumped up the ISO before I ever got there just in case.
If I recall you once posted a really nice shot of a PB right here.
We saw our 1 and only in the Panhandle area, close to St Marks or so. Beautiful birds.
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
DSC_5468crop by Flcrutch, on Flickr