It’s been a Zwonderful week! I got a chance to try out my new Nikon Z7, Nikon’s new mirrorless camera. Until last week, I had no plans to get a Nikon Z mirrorless camera but circumstances change and I am now convinced that it is a perfect addition to my camera bag. I hadn’t planned to use the Z for wildlife but on Thursday, Moose convinced me to try it. And, I am pleased with the results.
I’ve been in Madera Canyon in Arizona. We saw at least a half dozen different species If hummingbird, including Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Rivoli’s Hummingbirds, Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, and a first for me, the Blue-Throated Hummingbird. The Rivoli’s and the Blue-throated are two of the largest hummingbirds in the US. We stayed at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon and we did most of our shooting in the patio areas between our cabins. The Z7 won’t replace my Nikon D5 as my primary wildlife camera but it served me well on this trip and I captured some marvelous photographs using it with my Nikkor 500mm PF with the FTZ adaptor. In fact, one of my favorite shots from the trip is of a species that I saw for the first time, the Blue-throated Hummingbird.