Now when the spring is finally coming here in Finland the birds are also. Migration is about two weeks overdue.
Today I photographed this years first Curlews and yesterday I saw first Crane.
There isn't much places to photograph birds, because most of the lakes are frozen. Anyway there are some areas where ice has melted and I was visiting there shortly today. I didn't have enough clothing to stand incoming storm so I was there only something like half an hour. With V1 I shot only ten minutes before the storm came.
With FT-1+70-200/4 VR the AF-C doesn't work, so I have to rely on AF-S. That is mostly awful setting for photographing flying birds and autofocus also hunts if the bird is too far away. Not shooting birds too far away isn't a real problem. Those images are anyway images which I delete, because the bird is too small in the picture. Dealing with only AF-S the shooting has to be precise and fast. After the camera has acquired focus you have to push the shutter button before the bird flies out of the focus area.
I didn't have my 30-110 VR with me so I have only images taken with 70-200/4 VR. S-mode, Auto-ISO 3200. There wasn't much light so images are grainyeven tough I tried to keep the shutter speed as long as possible. It was mostly something like 1/500s. ( I should have used the M-mode with f4 aperture because V1 doesn't set full aperture often enough.