A few birds with the Nikon 1 V1

The Nikon 1 V1 isn’t the best camera for catching birds in flight but for general birding and behavioral shots it works very well. I use it with it’s own Nikkor 1 30-110mm telephoto zoom and the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR on the FT-1 adapter. Because the CX format has a 2.7x crop factor, the 30-110mm is the equivalent of an 80-300mm on a 35mm camera. The 70-200mm becomes a superzoom covering the 35mm equivalent of 190-540mm and still remains an f2.8. Here are a few shots with both lenses. The Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) are nesting in a disused Eagles Nest next to the Punta Gorda History Park. You can see it here in this wide view.
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Look closely and you will see one of the baby owlets perched on the nest in the fork of the tree.  Because of this distance, I prefer to use the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 on the FT-1 adapter for the added reach.  Even then, it takes a bit of cropping.  Here are a couple of examples.

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At the same distance, I managed to find one of the adults in a much less conspicuous position.  In fact, I could only see half of it on the lower branch.  This shot was taken with the Nikkor 1 30-110mm zoom.

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While it isn’t the best at this range, it is still very useful in other circumstances.  Here are a couple of shots of some Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) which make their home in Gilchrist Park in front of the Bayfront Center.  While I could get closer, these guys were busy building nests deep in  the palm center where there wasn’t a lot of light.

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That meant I had to bump the ISO up and got some noise but they are stil acceptable behaviour shots.

In better light, I got this nice portrait of a Ring Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) also found in Gilchrist Park.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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One Response to A few birds with the Nikon 1 V1

  1. chatou11 says:

    Great shots, I’ve never seen babies like that.. so cute! I love the Monk parakeet and the portrait of the gull is fantastic. Thanks for sharing

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