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There is one bird too much on this island!

That’s it, also birds from Heaven do have some quarrelling from time to time. No blood was shed, no feather was pulled. Click on each picture to magnify.

There is one white peacock too much on this island!DSC_3124

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How good are the several D800 continuous autofocus modes with bird (swallow) shooting?

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Click the panel for 100% size or here for more swallow pictures (small insets, full picture)

Shooting swallows is quite a challenge as these birds are fast, small and unpredictable. I tested 3D tracking, single AF point and dynamic area 9 points, just because I wanted to have a couple of pictures enough in focus to crop them 100%.

On my D800 I mounted the 70-200 mm VR-II on a quite cloudy day. Times between 1/1600 and 1/4000 at f/2.8 to /4 trying to avoid high ISO.

So, which continuous autofocus system scored best?

3D tracking, which should follow moving shapes and colours?
Single AF point, the middle AF in this case?
Dynamic area 9 points, which should keep in focus what’s inside the inner 9 AF points?
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Shoot the Alpine Chough! With a Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR II

A Alpine Chough (the bird of these pictures) can fly on average 50 km per hour.

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When it flies by a few meters away from your objective with wind on the tail (!), be sure to use > 1/3000 timings.

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These are 3 (almost) not blurred pictures out of 20 I shot. Nevertheless, please appreciate (click on pictures to zoom) the visible black on black plumage on the flying bird. To avoid the “full black” crow body I used spot metering instead of the usual average metering.

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