Halequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks by Allan J Jones
Harlequin Ducks

I was eating lunch on the bridge across the Elwha River, up above the road washout. While munching, I walked to the other side of the bridge and noticed that just below the bridge were two pair of harlequin ducks. I was glad I had brought my big zoom lens.

I balanced the lens on the middle rail of the bridge and took several shots. That let me get the shutter speed down. It was a cloudy day, so I still had to have the lens wide open.

I was afraid that I might startle them and have them fly off. That didn’t happen. Instead they all took naps!

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
ISO 800   1/200 sec    f/5.6

Western Gull

Western Gull by Allan J Jones Photography
Western Gull

While the gull is the ‘focus’ of attention I really was drawn to the colors of the rocks and the water around the rocks. I may have to return and take more photos of the rocks. Hopefully I can do that, without the gull photo-bombing me!

(by the way, the gull was walking, not standing still with it’s leg in the air)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400
ISO 400    1/1000 sec    f/16

Taking Flight

Taking Flight by Allan J Jones
Taking Flight

It took a little while of waiting around to capture the instant of launching into flight. I wanted to stop the motion, so I used a fast shutter speed (1/1600 sec) … in order to keep decent depth of field at f/8, I had to increase the ISO to 200. The pro’s say that I’m getting diffraction effects at any aperture over f/6.3, but I think the diffraction softening is less noticeable than any additional lack of focus on the wing feathers would be.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/8.0

Birds in the Front Yard

Northern Flicker by Allan J Jones Photography
Northern Flicker

I was out puttering in the front yard and heard pecking at a tree in the green belt, so I went and grabbed my camera. I finally located the Northern Flicker that was banging away on a dead tree. I’m hoping for it to nest there and give me the chance to catch some photos of young. We’ll see.

While I was shooting the flicker, I glanced up and saw this eagle flying overhead. So I took a photo of it too.

Eagle fly by by Allan J Jones Photography
Eagle fly by
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
Flicker:  ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/6.3
Eagle:    ISO 800    1/3200    f/6.3


Junco by Allan J Jones Photography

During one of my walks around Fort Worden in Port Townsend, I noticed a number of Junco’s flitting through the branches of a tree along the trail. This little guy was nice enough to sit still long enough that I was able to get a couple shots off… I think we had the same thoughts: is it spring yet?

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300
ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/6.3

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