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  1. Isn't it a yellow crowned night heron?
  2. Thanks Justin. I have been to Marshall (it is BIG), and Wako (at your suggestion). I'll try the other two, and probably schedule a stop in the Everglades coming over from the west coast. Green Cay also suggests Daggerwing and Okeeheelee. Any feeling about either? Two birds I did not have any luck with last year are on my radar; Woodstorks and Sandhill Cranes.
  3. Thanks for the update Justin. Of course I already booked a non-refundable hotel for my December trip. Oh, well, I guess I'll have to come back in February. I'll go to Wakodahotchee. Where else is a good spot in the area? I'll be staying on Singer Island for two days after being around Sanibel for a little over two days.
  4. Does any of this apply to Junior Suites, or are they not really suites, just cost more?
  5. Exif - You said you were at 1/6400, so the other two pieces of the equation - Aperture and ISO. You can crop in camera, but I never do. It is so much easier, faster and accurate in software. I also never delete photos in my camera; some I follow feel that it can damage the memory card(s). I don't know about that, but it certainly takes a lot longer than on my laptop. Also, the D500 eats up battery. Editing and deleting in camera just uses that much more battery. As others have said, it is extremely difficult to get swallows or other small fast moving birds in flight. If I am totally bored waiting for other wildlife action, I may play around practicing panning an trying to get these birds. For ISO, I want it as low as possible. If there is not much ambient light you will need to go higher. If it is before sunrise when I usually start taking pictures, I start at 2500 and work my way down as more light is available. What I am trying to say, is that proper exposure is based on letting the correct amount of light in to the sensor by adjusting three things; ISO (sensor sensitivity), Aperture (lens opening), and shutter speed. The D500 does a good job with higher ISO, but I still try to keep mine at 2500 or lower, and I would prefer it to bee 100 - 400; I have seen good results at 6400 from some photographers.
  6. I am also late to the party. From a trip to Scottsdale, AZ. Anna's Hummingbird (I may have posted it on another thread): I hiked a few trails in the Sonoran Desert. It is really hard, for me at least, to portray the beauty, even in the middle of summer, of the desert. A neat looking cactus in the complex where we were staying: Ken
  7. In S mode, the camera will adjust aperture. If you are using auto ISO, it will also try to adjust that, some times to extreme. To confuse you further, you can set limits on the auto ISO, so it only goes to a predetermined maximum. In A mode, the camera will adjust shutter speed, with the same caveat about auto ISO. i rarely use auto ISO, but know that many do. I really like the D500 viewfinder and the brightness of the information. I learned how to quickly adjust aperture if my shutter speed is dropping too low, without taking my eye off the viewfinder. I can also adjust my ISO without taking my eye off the viewfinder, but that is much less frequent than adjusting aperture. EXIF data is easily viewed on you computer. Your photo editing software should have the option to show file data. This information can be extremely helpful (or extremely boring). For the 2 pictures that were dark, I would guess that the aperture was wide open (low f number).
  8. The first picture looks like it is focusing behind the swallow? Swallows, even at a distance are hard to catch in flight. Is your GRP autofocus the one with 4 boxes in the viewfinder. 1/6400th of a second is really fast, you don't need it that high for this type of picture. The second photo, I would us a single focus point 100% of the time. The picture is a bit dark so it is hard to see, but it appears the camera is focusing on the twig. Look at your EXIF data. I'm guessing with a 6400 shutter speed your ISO is very high, which will give you noise or grain. Without knowing what the light was like, for these I would use Aperture mode, aperture in the 5 to 8 range, with the D500 take it off auto ISO, and dial in the ISO below 2500 (lower is better if there is enough light). With the branches in the second picture, you need single focus, aim for the bird's eye if you have time before it flies off. If you post the exif data for both photos, we can probably help even more. YMMV, just my $.02 worth.
  9. Thanks. I did not think about DX mode. I use a monopod frequently, especially with my 200-500, as much as a handle to carry over my shoulder. I have found that the monopod on a boat is less than ideal due to engine vibration, unless there is enough light to bump up shutter speed. Thanks for all the information!
  10. A quick question ... Did you have enough reach with the 70-200 ( I absolutely love my 2.8E version, amazingly crisp)? I shoot with the D500, so I get the 1.5 crop and I would be tempted to bring my 200-500. Thanks for the summary; definitely on my bucket list. Ken
  11. For us not in the business .. can you kindly use words rather than acronyms or initials. Thanks in advance.
  12. I have been to Bermuda many times, and have to admit I do not know where Crystal Beach is. Tobacco Bay Beach - many better spots for photos. Tobacco Bay is decent for snorkeling, but the beach is just ok. Other suggestions: Horseshoe Bay (you probably have been there). Warwick Long Bay - Really good for sunrises. Jobson's Cove - maybe the most photographed spot on the island. Church Bay (sand in the shallow water looks like lines of pews). Any of the other south shore beaches. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Jews Bay/Waterlot Inn (Middle Road) behind the Southampton Princess. Wherever you choose, get there before sunrise. Good Luck
  13. Nothing quite like a nice booby 😉
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