Berry College Bluebirds

Over the weekend I got a chance to get away to Berry College in Rome, GA to check out the eagle's nest over there.  

This was a very bad day for me photographically speaking.  First, I was meeting a friend at Little River Falls to ride over to Rome, GA.  I got to the falls early in time to run down and take a few shots.  I got down there with my camera and tripod in perfect lighting only to realize that I had thrown my new lens adapter in the bag with no tripod plate on it, so I had no way to mount the camera to the tripod.  So, I tried my best handheld leaning against rails and rocks to stabilize my camera.  How did that work, you ask?  I have no idea, I accidentally deleted those images when I got back home.

When we got to Berry College, there was almost no action from the eagles the entire time I was there.  And when mom did fly from the nest to another branch I missed every single shot I tried to get of here.  The shots I did take of her perched I ended up deleting because there were branches across her face.

The only bright point of the day was this bluebird that stopped by the bluebird house for literally about 3 seconds.  This was the one shot I was ready for all day.  I'm ok with that, though...at least I came away with one. ;)

ISO 800, 420mm, F/6.3 @ 1/320th second

Hover over the image to see camera settings used.  Click image to view it larger.

If you are a regular reader you know I am a huge bluebird fan, so this being the only shot I really got all day was good with me.  This ole boy had a big, honkin' cricket, too.

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  This was one of the rare occasions I was hand holding and not using a tripod.