Nikon Z9 Photography Rocky Mountains Sawtooths Wildfire Z9 400MM F2.8 Lens

Nutcrackers and Woodpeckers on the Property

Clark’s Nutcrackers and Hairy Woodpeckers are making their presence known on the property.

The fall-time weather has moved some residents to seek warmer climes – even non migrators. However, some of the residents are sticking around.

The Stellar Jay has become even more prominent, as its bird count has moved from three to eight.  In addition, the Hairy Woodpecker and Clark’s Nutcracker have also moved onto the property.  Similarly to the Stellar Jay, the Clark’s Nutcracker appears to be at a population count of six.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker checking out the area of the bird feeder.


Hairy Woodpecker feeding on insects and preening in a Lodgepole Pine.


Hairy Woodpecker looking for a bite to eat.



Clark’s Nutcracker

Regarding feeding habits, The family of Clark’s Nutcracker have become emboldened.  This is especially the case during the late afternoon feeding time.

Clark’s Nutcracker surveying the scene around the feeders.
Next move is diving (bombing) down towards Ground Zero Grotto.
And finally, scooping up the bounty!

*** Jeff’s Thoughts and Other Worthless Trivia ***

These photographs were captured with the Nikon Z9 Camera and the Nikon Z 400MM | 540MM f2.8 Prime Lens.  I captured the images with manually configured settings, hand-held.  Furthermore, this may very well be the best lens in my kit.  In addition, this is not a ZOOM lens. Instead, it is a Prime Lens with two focal points (400MM and 540MM) that are achieved by a toggle switch.  Effectively, it provides two lens’ in one.

Aperture:  f5 to f11

Speed: f/3200 to f/4000

ISO: 640 to 1250

Color Depth: 14Bit RAW

Color Temperature: 5000

Attempting to establish a light reading at 1 Stop Down

For further examples of the 400 at work another Post is located [here].



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