Yesterday I picked up my camera rig for the trip. I got an entry level Nikon D3100 and three lenses, 18-55mm, 55-200mm and a 70-300mm.
So I was up early this morning with nervous anticipation to try the new rig out. I went to the wilds of the Bonne Carre Spillway to see what I could find. I was looking forward to using the RAW picture format so I could take advantage of the digital darkroom software I have. I’m glad I did because I was plagued with low light conditions. I quikly found out that low light = high ISO’s, and slow shutter speeds. But this was great because it’s the kind of conditions I am going to encounter in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador.
It was off to the races lierally as I was chased out of one location by an impassible road and an ominous thunderstorm. Then I raced the rain back to my next location. I spent two hours in the wilderness running from dog packs, dodging bullets, and snapping photos. I took 64 pictures in all.
Then it was back to the digital darkroom.
Birds Viewed: Red Wing Black Birds (Male and Female), White Ibis, White Heron, Great Blue Heron, Gray Kingbird (Added this one to the Life List), and a fly-by, by some ducks (Resident Mallards I think).
Great Blue Heron
Red Wing Blackbird (Male and Female)
The adventure begins in 7 days