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My New Birding and Wildlife Camera and Lens

January 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Its been a long time coming but I finally have my Sony A7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens. I have also purchased the rather expensive 2X teleconverter but I do obtain acceptable 1200mm photographs and yes folks it autofocuses with ease at 1200mm. The camera has a 61mp sensor which allows me to make substantial crops and still have excellent results. The 61mp files, up to 128mp in RAW format which I normally shoot, presents challenges for my computer which already has all the RAM it can hold, but this will require verification.

The teleconverter which converts my camera's reach into 400-1200mm is primarily for astrophotography although it can also be used for bird photography (if I can find the bird in the viewfinder:)). I will wait until the spring to get a "go to", tracking equatorial head. "Go to" refers to the computerized nature of the equatorial head. Once the setup is aligned to true north I can punch in a target on the keyboard and the equatorial head automatically slews to the target, and then automatically begins tracking the target. The "go to" equatorial head is about the same price as a moderate focal length lens.

Bird photography has been slow this winter thanks to the fine weather which has allowed our migrants to move south in a orderly manner, so there are no trapped birds this winter, as yet. This is all good! Our usual overwintering birds are scattered in the local forests with no need of human assistance yet.

So far this winter we have had at our place in Portuguese Cove; Northern Cardinal (comes and goes), White-winged Crossbills, Nashville Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, up to five male Ring-necked Pheasants and four female Ring-necked Pheasants at a time, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Bohemian Waxwings, the usual overwintering sparrows, overwintering Grey Catbirds, Blue Jays, corvids (mostly Ravens), finches, doves, dozens of Tree Sparrows, White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, 50,000 Starlings and one Pine Siskin.

The Grey Catbirds nest in our rose brambles every year!

Sony A7R IV and Sony 200-600mm