I had to throw in a three more this week...I can't say they are the best photos I've ever taken, but I think they are pretty decent based on the situation.
During the evening, I decided to throw my 200-400 on my D4 and see if I could grab a photo of one of the hummingbirds that have been visiting our feeder. I didn't want to get too close, so I ended up throwing my 1.4TC on as well. It was lots of waiting for a few images. Next time I plan to get closer - those things are TINY and move VERY fast!
ISO 1600, 550mm, f5.6, 1/400
In the shots below, I looked out the window of our house, grabbed my gear that was still setup from the shot above, and was shooting within about 30 seconds - from inside my house...I really didn't have time for anything other than a quick meter check after a couple of frames (to be sure I got something).
There was little sun left...Even though I don't believe in "spray and pray", that was pretty much what I had to do with the hope of grabbing at least something while I had the chance. I was only able to take a total of 5 frames before the deer in the shot below moved on...didn't get a good look at her again...it was rather dark...I would have preferred to bump the ISO and had to raise the exposure quite a bit in post, but time did not allow me to make any changes to the settings...I had dropped the shutter speed from above earlier...
ISO 1600, 460mm, f5.6, 1/100
Shortly after we moved here when I was still going back and forth to Virginia, I saw a small red headed woodpecker (maybe 5 or 6 inches tall) on a tree in my neighbor's yard. I hadn't seen any woodpeckers again until yesterday and we saw 2...both were around a foot tall. Yesterday, we were meeting some friends in the evening. While we were getting ready, I looked out our bedroom window and saw a flash of red...I immediately grabbed the setup I'd had the day before. I grabbed a couple of images of it (through a screen) before it dropped low enough on the tree that I couldn't see it, not bad, but not what I wanted...that's when we saw the other...I grabbed a couple of that one before I looked back and the first had come up higher on the tree...I got off a few more frames of the first one (including the one below) before both of them flew away...
ISO 1600, 550mm, f5.6, 1/125
So, have I mentioned how much I enjoy photography in this area?