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Sharp tail grouse are fast.
They move light a bolt of lightning and the dance they do is rapid fire in every way.
Getting the scope on them, then getting focused and getting the camera set right is tripple tough on these little birds.
I had no sun this morning. That did not help. I will have sun tomorrow morning though.
I am looking for a specific shot.
I need the bird dancing, turned sideways so the iridescent purple on its throat is showing, in focus, and close enough to get really nice detail.
Also, I need them out from behind the brush!
I shot some video early on since it was too dark to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any action.
Then I ended the day with a few failed shots.
I thought I was going to get my shot here, but it turned into the brush and killed my shot.
Is that purple just awesome or what? The yellow eyebrows and the purple on the plain brown and white bird. You gotta love it.
You can see that the high ISO on my camera made things grainy.
I had to use an ISO 1600 to get the shutter speed to to 1/80, due to the lack of light and heavy cloud cover.
The grain really sticks out in the top of the background.
But, tomorrow, the weather man is promising me clear skies. We will see.
Much smaller than the big sage grouser I have been digiscoping.
The sounds they make are incredible.
So, imagine this....... THE WEATHERMAN LIED.
The sun I was promised was a no show.
90% chance of clear skies, but when I need the sun, it is nowhere to be seen.
As is usual, I fought and fought to get my perfect shot today.
The closest that I got was this poor image.
I you notice that the grass in the bottom of the frame and the grass behind the bird are out of focus, you will see that my focus was good.
The grass that the bird was standing in was in focus. So, my issue here was not focus, it was shutter speed.
Due to the lack of sun, I was having to use a high ISO again, but trying to use as low an ISO as possible made the shutter speed to low to freeze the bird.
But, the bird was in the open, it was close enough to fill the frame, it almost posed perefectly. If the wings were out, it would have almost been the shot.
But, its as close as I got.
Getting up early and driving out to these critters is tough, but that one perfect shot keeps me going.
I made a little you tube video this morning.
Any digiscoper will appreciate it.
It shows the difficulty that we have to deal with when trying to get these images.
Watching this kind of thing makes you feel the pain that a person must go through to get that really nice picture.
When the birds stand still long enough for you to get the scope on them, get focused, and get your exposure right, then get a shot off, it works out nice.
But the shots are missing the posture and vibrant color that the birds display when they are running all over the place.
I guess there is always tomorrow.
I would go check the weather to see if I am going to have any sun tomorrow, but whats the point?
Can't trust it anyways.
As that you tube video highlights, these birds have been MY TOUGHEST SUBJECT in all my digiscoping attempts.