Spotted Nutcracker close up

How to photograph Spotted Nutcracker?

Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes is a smart bird to photograph. I posted a series of Nutcracker images in January 2014 and opportunities for photographing Spotted Nutcracker in Bulgaria.

Now I want to tell you about a new project I have. It is related to taking wide angle pictures of Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes. I realised I could do this when setting up a feeder with peanuts in a mountain resort not far from where I live. The birds were not afraid at all. Initially I had my 400 mm lens set on my camera but when i saw the birds coming down to 30-50 cm then I decided to try with a few wide angle pics and mounted my 10-18 mm zoom lens. Here are some of my first attempts:

wide angle Spotted Nutcracker pictures

3 Nutcrackers at a feeder, Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 10-18mm, 18mm, f 11, 1/320, ISO 500

fighting Spotted Nutcracker

fighting Nutcrackers, Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 10-18mm, 18mm, f 11, 1/800, ISO 500

Nutcracker in flight

Nutcracker in flight, Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 10-18mm, 18mm, f 9, 1/1600, ISO 800

wide angle classic Spotted Nutcracker image

wide angle Spotted Nutcracker image, Canon 60D, Canon EF-S 10-18mm, 18mm, f 9, 1/1250, ISO 800

wide angle landing bird

wide angle landing bird

Once I got enough of it I went back to the 400 mm lens and took some classic shots of Spotted Nutcrackers:

classic Spotted Nutcracker image

classic Nutcracker image, Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 1000

Spotted Nutcracker image

Nutcracker, Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 1000

Spotted Nutcracker picture

Nutcracker photo, Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 5.6, 1/1000, ISO 1000

Spotted Nutcracker photo

Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 6.3, 1/800, ISO 1000

Spotted Nutcracker close up

Spotted Nutcracker close up, Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1000

Spotted Nutcracker peculiarity

Are you working? Canon 60D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 400 mm, f 6.3, 1/500, ISO 1000

Nutcracker dispute image

Nutcracker dispute

Nutcracker ballet Iordan Hristov

Nutcracker ballet Iordan Hristov

landing Nutcracker Iordan Hristov

landing Nutcracker Iordan Hristov

landing bird

landing bird

Nutcracker dispute

Nutcracker dispute

Nutcracker portret

Nutcracker portret

Nutcracker music  Iordan Hristov

Nutcracker music Iordan Hristov

Spotted Nutcracker dispute

Spotted Nutcracker dispute

 

 

So, here are some steps that may help you photograph Spotted Nutcracker:

  • choose an area that is well visited and Nutcrackers are used to people;
  • be ready to recognize Spotted Nutcracker call;
  • set up a feeder with peanuts in a quiet location;
  • use 70-200/f 2.8 mm lens or even wide angle 10 mm;

Good luck, will be happy if you link to this material once you get your shots.

Photographing Spotted Nutcrackers Nucifraga caryocatactes is really easy in winter time so if you happen to come to Sofia, Bulgaria please do not hesitate to drop me a line if you want to give it a try.

Stay tuned for more cracking Nutcracker photos.

Feel free to share your experience and comment under this post.

5 comments to How to photograph Spotted Nutcracker?

  • noncho  says:

    Много са хубави 🙂

    • admin  says:

      Мерси Нончо, радвам се че ти харесват 🙂

  • Linda  says:

    You have a lovely blog, and your photos are very beautiful. 🙂

    • admin  says:

      Thanks Linda. Thanks for reading and stay tuned

  • Doru Panaitescu  says:

    Amazing shots, wonderful species, beautiful piece of work!

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