|Cardinal Flower: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II-ISO 100, 1/60 sec. f 11|
|Fawns Still Have Spots: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II-ISO 400, 1/320 sec. f5.6|
|Lip-Curl: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS-ISO 200, 1/500 sec. f 5.0|
|Unusual 9-Point: Panasonic GH3-Canon 500mm f 4.0 L -ISO 400, 1/80 sec f ?|
During early and mid-summer the bucks are attracted to farmer's grain fields and for a time after it is cut they continue to graze in the stubble. If grasses such as clover and alfalfa are planted in the stubble they may continue to graze on this indefinitely, but in other cases they will likely move on to more desirable food sources. They may be difficult to see in the fields after the acorns fall in a year with a substantial mast crop.
Wild Turkeys are also seen in the meadows from time to time as they feed on weed seeds and insects. In this case I pressed my old Canon FD 85-300 f4.5 lens into service. It is mounted to the GH3 with a Novoflex adapter. I used this lens extensively for a short period on the GH2 and GH3, but I liked the auto-focus on the 100-300mm Lumix for mid-range general purpose work and it could not compete with the 500mm F4 for extreme long range work, so it spent all of the summer on the shelf until I decided to use it one evening last week to re-evaluate my impression of it. Bottom line is it is OK, but I don't think I am going to be using it a lot.
The GH3 and the 500mm deliver respectable results at unbelievable ranges, but there is still nothing quite like having the bird in close, but that requires either a lot of luck or a lot of hard work and patience as they are very shy.
|Mature Gobbler: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS -ISO 640, 1/400 sec. f 7.1|
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.