Squirrel and The Hawthorne Tree

Sony A7r4 200-600 + 1.4 extender

Up early with the Sony 200-600+1.4 extender, off out on my scooter to look for something for my blog.

Coming back I spotted a grey squirrel in a Hawthorne tree eating the berries – a sight I hadn’t seen before.

Sony A7r4 200-600 1.4 ext

Last night I set the camera up, using Auto ISO up to 3200, f.9 and just altered my shutter to apply brightness.

Light being good, I turned my shutter speed up to 1/1000 to account for movement from the squirrel.

The image quality with the extender on is fantastic. After cropping in 80 to 90%, it maintained a vast amount of detail with minimum noise.

Original image below.

Edited in Luminar 4.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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