Crimson Finch

Crimson Finch - Neochmia phaeton

Crimson Finch

On a trip to Kakadu in the Northern Territory in 2011, I managed to get a few good shots of varying birds. The Crimson Finch – Neochmia phaeton, was one of the favourites who seemed to appear at many of the birding sites we visited. With such a varying array of colours and combinations, they are certainly a very photogenic bird.

This was my first proper photo mission using the Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM lens and I am impressed with its performance. Although it is a fairly slow lens, using a Monopod I was able to still take some nice sharp shots. With a sturdy tripod I am sure I can get them even sharper. The limiting factor on this trip was the Nikon D200 and its noise at higher than 800 ISO.

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