Birding in the Kitchen Sink

A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

I‘m on vacation (as if you couldn‘t tell from the increased rate of posting here) and today was a photographically successful day. Here‘s a photo diary (how appropriate):

In the morning, I set up a new photo backpack, a Lowe ProTactic 450 AW. It takes an inordinate amount of gear. BTW, there‘s a long lens beneath the gimbal. Add four cameras (one in an outside pocket), lots of lenses, the flash, filters, batteries, chargers, image tank, cards, cables ... Stayed portable, too, at least I didn‘t collapse under it. I was on the motorbike, mostly, though.

In the morning, I set up a new photo backpack, a Lowe ProTactic 450 AW. It takes an inordinate amount of gear. BTW, there‘s a long lens beneath the gimbal. Add four cameras (one in an outside pocket), lots of lenses, the flash, filters, batteries, chargers, image tank, cards, cables … Stayed portable, too, at least I didn‘t collapse under it. I was on the motorbike, mostly, though.

Very good first impression on that rucksack! Somewhere in there there must be a kitchen sink!

Went to the Lebrade ponds, a known birding spot round here. Saw some bean geese.

Went to the Lebrade ponds, a known birding spot round here. Saw some bean geese.

But first, setting up. A solid base is indispensable, especially if it is as wide as „The Cow“.

But first, setting up. A solid base is indispensable, especially if it is as wide as „The Cow“.

The Nikon f/2.8 75 -200 VR with a 2x teleconverter on the D500 gives a 600 mm equivalent focal length.

The Nikon f/2.8 75 -200 VR with a 2x teleconverter on the D500 gives a 600 mm equivalent focal length.

Still not enough for some mystery birds doing the mating dance.

Still not enough for some mystery birds doing the mating dance.

Here they are again. Ideas? Feel free to comment!

Here they are again. Ideas? Feel free to comment!

It’s a red-necked grebe, says „the book“.

Bean geese, a mallard and a swan form a tableau.

Bean geese, a mallard and a swan form a tableau.

In a hurry to get away from the photographer.

In a hurry to get away from the photographer.

When I came home, I backed up the SD cards to the image tank (on a charger here, works from it‘s own battery normally).

When I came home, I backed up the SD cards to the image tank (on a charger here, works from it‘s own battery normally).

If you don‘t back up, you WILL loose images eventually.

Then I read them into the iPad (second backup).

Then I read them into the iPad (second backup).

Processed the RAW files in Lightroom CC. Though I don‘t hold with Adobe‘s subscription model, this app makes a RAW workflow, well, work.

Processed the RAW files in Lightroom CC. Though I don‘t hold with Adobe‘s subscription model, this app makes a RAW workflow, well, work.

Finally, posted this. A day off well spent!

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