Could you guess what bird I photographed just from looking at the extreme close up photo above? I don’t think I could even though I photograph this species quite often.
Last week I had a male Horned Lark land on a boulder very close to me and I was able to take one image of it before it flew off. I was using DX (cropped) mode on my Nikon D810 and the bird was so close I could not fit it all into the frame. I didn’t have time to remove my TC or switch to FX mode. When I came home and looked at the image on my screen I was disappointed because the tail was clipped but I blew the image up to 100% and admired the fine feather detail of the lark. The image above is a cropped section from that photo shown at 100% resolution and probably shows an area less than an inch wide of the bird. I really like how this shows the fine feather detail and structure.
I am impressed with what the Nikon D810 can do and this Horned Lark Extreme Close Up shows why.
This is a different Horned Lark taken just a few days before the close up image, they are small songbirds that are acting like it is already spring time. I have seen the males chasing each other and singing their little hearts out already. I love to see and hear them.
Life is good.