Zeroing in . . .

With the outdoor heat index around 112F (44.4C) at mid-afternoon, I didn’t linger too long. Most sensible critters hang out in the boughs in this weather anyway.

A Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, one of the smaller woodpeckers, though not the smallest, was hard at work, though. A shutter speed faster than 1/1000 is needed to stop this tiny fellow’s motion, and even at ISO 1600 it was not doable, thus some blur in the shot.

But, despite the heaps of online criticism it receives, contrast AF didn’t miss a frame. Better still, unlike PDAF it never started focusing in the wrong direction. ISO 1600 looks pretty decent, too, after using DXO to de-noise the file.

M43 is seems to be working well for my critter friends this time around.

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
G95/Panleica 100-400mm

White-Throated Kingfisher
G95/Panleica 100-400mm