Dhananjay Rao  

Yellow Billed Cuckoo by Dhananjay Rao

October 2020 - Yellow Billed Cuckoo

October 2020 - Dhananjay Rao


About the Image(s)

While birding at Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, NY - we were facing the water body and observing the ducks, with not much action I got up and turned the other way and found this unusual (for this area) bird - Yellow billed cuckoo.

Criminal mistake of having aperture and ISO fixed at 100 - gave me slow SS which compromised on the sharpness - but the whole experience was amazing....

1/125, F/8, 100 ISO on a Sigma 60-600 @600mm

3 comments posted

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Nice sharp bird with a nice spot in the eye as it should be. Good colors and nice sharpness, good that you have cropped on the left side, I will probably also crop a little on the right side, otherwise nice picture.   Posted: 10/18/2020 09:26:55

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
I find the bird is really nicely handled. So sweet and very sharp. I do find the background a bit cluttered. Perhaps a different f-stop would soften the background.   Posted: 10/22/2020 07:02:55

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
By being a good observer, you found this bird in the trees. As you mentioned, the focus is soft. My experience with birds is always have your camera settings with a fast shutter speed, especially for hand-held shots. The other obvious problem is the clutter background. You can minimize that in Lightroom or photoshop.   Posted: 10/22/2020 11:34:49


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