Nikon 1 J5 Bird Images

I’ve been burning the midnight oil lately with client work and decided to take the day off to capture some Nikon 1 J5 bird images.

Since I was planning to focus on capturing photographs of birds-in-flight I used four, thick elastic bands to attach my Zacuto Z-Finder to the back of my J5.

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I then attached the 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens and headed out to have some fun.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 189mm, efov 510mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-250
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 189mm, efov 510mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-250

My first stop was at Eastport Drive by Hamilton harbour to capture some images of cormorants.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-720
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-720

As I expected the J5 did a good job with perched birds and having the Zacuto attached made it a bit easier.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 186mm, efov 502mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 186mm, efov 502mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360

Birds in flight were a bit trickier since the AF-C on my J5 is a slight bit slower to acquire initial focus than with my V2s.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 129mm, efov 349mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-640
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 129mm, efov 349mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-640

The cormorant population has decreased somewhat at Hamilton harbour, resulting in fewer image opportunities. Never-the-less I was able to get a few acceptable photographs.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 94mm, efov 253mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-500
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 94mm, efov 253mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-500
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 195mm, efov 525mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-450
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 195mm, efov 525mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-450
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 195mm, efov 525mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-450
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 195mm, efov 525mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-450

Next I headed off to Hendrie Valley to see if the terns would cooperate.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 267mm, efov 720mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-220
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 267mm, efov 720mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-220

As luck would have it a few birds did show up for about an hour or so and I was able to capture a few images.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-160

The terns did not exhibit any fishing behaviour so all I was able to capture were some typical ‘fly by’ photographs.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-160

There were a few swallows around and I took a few minutes to capture some images of perched birds.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360

I took a run out to Cayuga Ontario to try my hand at some hummingbird images at Ruthven Park, as well as some of the other birds around the bird-banding hut.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-2200
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-2200

Ending the day overlooking the Niagara Gorge, I was able to capture a few photographs of vultures riding the thermals.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 129mm, efov 349mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 129mm, efov 349mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-160

Overall it was an enjoyable day, allowing me to clear my mind and simply enjoy being out with my camera gear.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-200
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-200

Technical Note:
All images were captured hand-held with a Nikon 1 J5 and 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. A Zacuto Z-Finder was attached to the back of the J5. All images in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and Nik.

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7 thoughts on “Nikon 1 J5 Bird Images”

  1. Hi Thomas,
    Your results have inspired me to buy. I’m on a limited budget but was lucky enough to find a CX70-300 stuck on full zoom on Ebay. I won it for £99 UKP. I also won a J2 for £75 UKP and have been enjoying getting to grips with the kit over the last week.

    Thanks for your work, it is opening up a new vista in photography for me.

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