The staff at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge recently burned some areas of the refuge to control invasive phragmites, a grassy plant that crowds out native plant species and can also kill them because of gallic acid the phrags secrete. After they burn the phragmites it doesn’t take long for life to go back to normal for some of the birds like this Killdeer in a burned area.
They also use mechanical methods to yank the phrags out of the ground and use cows to eat them. Phragmites are a serious issue for the refuge and the marshes surrounding the Great Salt Lake.
My Nikon D810 appears to be dead. I had noticed a dust spot on my sensor and had already tried using the camera’s mode for cleaning it without success. When that didn’t work I went into the menu and went through the process of locking the mirror up for cleaning to look at the sensor. My battery was fully charged at that point. The mirror locked up for cleaning and now I have a dead D810.
It won’t turn on, the control panel at the top is blank, no lights flash. Nothings happens when the second fully charged battery is inserted.
This morning I’ll head down to Pixels Foto and see if they have a charged battery there that we can try just in case my battery charger has malfunctioned even though the lights on it flash and show when the battery is fully charged. I’m pretty sure that is a long shot but they really know their stuff at Pixels Foto and may have heard of this issue before.
If it is not a battery issue, and I don’t think it is, then I will be calling Nikon today for support. It is migration season and I really dread being without my primary camera for even a few days let alone a week or two.
Having a dead D810 is pretty discouraging.