On our first morning on the west coast, I awoke fairly early and took the 20 mile drive north to one of my favorite places in the area, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. I arrived on the scene at 6:15 AM only to learn that the gates do not open until 7:30! No big deal. There is a park adjacent to the preserve that I like to walk around. I always see good birds there.
I could hear a woodpecker drumming and followed the noise. I found this Nuttall’s. The sun was barely coming up, so I had to set the ISO fairly high. I used to fear high ISOs. In the film days I would shoot ISO 64. The D7100 does a good job with the images. This was shot at 1/250th sec at ISO1250, f/5.6.
Behind me I heard a rustling in the brush. It was a California Thrasher picking up nesting material. A tough shot with the with the bird in the shadows, however with the high ISO I was relatively successful.
A few minutes later, the sun came over the ridge and I was able to return my ISO back to 250. The first morning light hits my little buddy here.