Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Getting close to an Olive-backed Sunbird

When I saw this immature Olive-backed Sunbird foraging at a flowering vine along Bued River, I tried to get close openly, on foot. I couldn't get nearer than 10 meters, as that seemed to be its comfort distance before it got frightened and flew away. I had to use my vehicle as a blind to get closer. It worked.... the bird acted as if I wasn't there at all, and 560 mm was long enough to fill the frame.

The 7D II's excellent AI servo AF allowed pinpoint focus placement on the active forager, while the light and compact 400 DO II + 1.4x TC III made shooting from the tight confines of the driver's seat very convenient. This bird is only 114 mm long from tip of bill to tip of tail, but the 400 DO II's MFD of 3.3 meters is good enough to get full frame captures.
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Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis, resident, immature)

Habitat - Common lowland sunbird. 
 
Shooting Info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, June 29, 2016, EOS 7D MII + EF 400 DO IS II + EF 1.4x TC III,
560 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 640, manual exposure in available light, hand held, uncropped full frame resized to 800 x 533.
 
 
 
 
Shooting Info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, June 29, 2016, EOS 7D MII + EF 400 DO IS II + EF 1.4x TC III,
560 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 640, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.
 

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