2021—My Z-9’s First Hummer

The birds have returned to my backyard and yesterday I saw White-crowned Sparrows, Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Oregon Juncos (Dark-eyed Juncos), a Hermit Thrush, and a single male Anna’s Hummingbird. The Merlin Bird Sound ID app also thought I had a few other birds that don’t live in the Sacramento Valley but I was glad to see it correctly identified those I did see. And, in all fairness, the app has to compete with the automobile traffic on the other side of the wall so it does a pretty good job with all the competing sounds. In addition to the Nikon Z9, I had my new Nikkor Z100-400 lens with the Nikon Z 2.0 teleconverter. I shot this image at 800mm. It’s great to have that reach and the remarkable auto focus that tracks the subject. I was hoping that this guy would turn toward me so the light would catch the glorious color of his gorget but he didn’t. At least some of the gorget had color.

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