Raptors up close with the Nikon 1 V3

As I was wrapping up my field work with the Nikon 1 V3 for my pending review I decided to visit Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville Ontario to take some images of raptors. Mountsberg is the home of the renowned Raptor Centre and provides visitors with opportunities to get up close and personal with a good selection of raptors.

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Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-800, 234mm, efov 633mm.
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-800, 234mm, efov 633mm.
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm

Mountsberg houses a selection of raptors that suffered from injuries and now make their home at the Raptor Centre.

Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 278mm, efov 750mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 278mm, efov 750mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1600, 250mm, efov 675mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1600, 250mm, efov 675mm

Various educational programs are held, as well as demonstrations in a large flight enclosure.

Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-800, 220mm, efov 592mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-800, 220mm, efov 592mm

There are also 16 km of trails, bird-watching, a small herd of bison, and several covered observation decks overlooking nesting areas and habitat for various water birds.

Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm

To take photographs of the captive raptors you’ll need a telephoto lens with a fairly short minimum focusing distance as some of the birds perch fairly close to the wire mesh of their enclosures. I used my Nikon 1 CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 and found it did an excellent job for me.

Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm

Lighting varies quite a bit and some of the exhibits are in heavily shaded areas so you may need to shoot at fairly high ISO’s, especially when the trees are in full foliage. Some of the birds are quite active within their enclosures, necessitating faster shutter speeds.

Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-1600, 300mm, efov 810mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-400, 261mm, efov 704mm
Nikon 1 V3 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-400, 261mm, efov 704mm

Technical Note: All of the images in this short article were taken hand-held with a Nikon 1 V3 and a Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 telephoto lens. Images were produced from RAW files processed through DxO OpticsPro 10 using PRIME noise reduction. A DNG file was exported into CS6 and Nik Suite for additional adjustments as required.

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2 thoughts on “Raptors up close with the Nikon 1 V3”

  1. Great work as normal. Raptors are special creatures, cool even among birds who are ultra cool. I sense Tom might like the v3 ok. 🙂 I sure do.

    Looked at the Mountsberg site – very impressive work!

    Mike

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