Roseate spoonbill tree

Roseate spoonbill tree

While touring the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area the so called Roseate spoonbill tree in “full bloom” prompted this photograph.

As is my custom on a first scouting of a local wildlife area, I employed my enduro motorcycle which offers greater accessibility but less space for camera gear. Fortunately my sparse provisions included a lens capable of 135mm at an f/5.6 aperture to render this photograph.

The Donnelly Wildlife Management Area will definitely become another Colleton County addition to my wildlife photography.

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills
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As the tide came in, this flock of Roseate spoonbills was forced closer to shore so they could continue to wade and hunt in shallow water. Nikon D850, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, 500mm, aperture f/5.6, iso 720

Pelican

Pelican
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A Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR lens, aperture f/5.6, 1/4000 shutter speed, mounted on the Nikon D500 captured this bird in flight image. I’m certainly not alone in my enjoyment of the venerable Nikon D500/200-500mm combination.

The 1.5 crop factor of this APS-C camera coupled with the 200/500mm delivers a incredibly budget friendly f/5.6 750mm range without any of the image distortion, and auto focus degradation associated with teleconverters.

Even though the 45 mega pixel full frame capabilities of Nikon’s D850 complement the 200/500 quite nicely, this D500’s lower resolution produces a good result, particularly if the D850 output requires cropping which the D500’s 750mm equivalent range may not require.