Double-crested Cormorant, Herring Gull

Nikon D500 Review – Birds in Flight and more

This is not intended to be a qualitative review but examples of bird photos using the new Nikon D500 camera.
It was typical may day on long the coast at near Estero Bay, just north of Morro Bay, a cool, windy day with a mixture of clouds and bright sunlight.  I had just received a Nikon D500 and was determined to get some bird photos.  Along with the Nikon D500 I was using a Nikkor 800MM lens with a 1.25x converter which gives you a 35mm focal length of 1500mm on a Really Right Stuff tripod and gimbal head.  Wow, I was not sure how this was going to go.
Overall the camera was very responsive, great focusing speed, enjoyed the group focus and single point.  It was a fast moving morning with lots of waves so the birds were moving quickly.
All of a sudden a couple Oyster Catchers appears in the rocks.

Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher near Estero Bay - Hwy 1, Cayucos, CA USA

I then headed up the beach and had the pleasure of watching a cormorant and gull flighting over a fish.  This gave me a good test of focusing speed and color contrasts of black, blue, white, grey and orange.  I was very happy with the results.

Double-crested Cormorant, Herring Gull

Double-crested Cormorant near Estero Bay - Hwy 1, Cayucos, CA USA

Double-crested Cormorant, Herring Gull

Double-crested Cormorant near Estero Bay - Hwy 1, Cayucos, CA USA

Further up the beach there were a handful of Semipalmated Plovers having fun pulling the worms of the sand after the surf retracted.  As low as i could get while protecting my gear i was able to get some good shots using he single point focus.

Semipalmated Plover

Estero Bay - Hwy 1, Cayucos, CA USA

Semipalmated Plover

Estero Bay - Hwy 1, Cayucos, CA USA

Overall all it was a good day and the Nikon D500 performed well in this conditions.
Below is a complete gallery from the day or visit gallery.inmylen.com
Brad R Lewis

Brad R Lewis

I am a wildlife / bird photographer and day hiker with a passion for birds based in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find my photos on numerous websites and birding guides as well as social media sites such as Google+ and Facebook.

1 Comment

  1. Lowell Lewis on October 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Montserrat and I think your camera and you are fantastic! Thank you for sharing nature and its true beauty!!
    Dad