Joe bought me a new camera for my Birthday, a Nikon Coolpix P520. I have had Coolpix cameras for some time, the first one went kaput after a while and the second was rather limiting, in other words not doing what I wanted it to do. I was using the iPhone rather than the camera. So when our daughter got herself a better model, yours truly wanted one too.
For the folk who are interested in cameras here is a description of what it does. Skip next paragraph if you don’t want to know.
The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a mechanically-stabilized 42x optical zoom that offers a massive focal range of 24-1000mm. It also offers an innovative side zoom control, a 1/2.3” Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor with 18.1 megapixels, sensitivity range of ISO 80 to 6400, and full 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound and slow-motion video at up to 120fps. The Nikon P520 appeals further to the keen photographer with a full range of manual shooting modes, burst shooting at seven frames per second, 99-point autofocus system, 3D shooting mode, built-in GPS, support for an optional Wi-Fi dongle which can instantly transfer images and movies to virtually any smart device, and a 3.2-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen.
Over the bank holiday weekend we visited the local water park, took a walk around a couple of lakes. The last one we visited was where the herons hang out. It's their nesting site so it's usually guaranteed that we'll see one or two. And we did. It was a perfect spot to practice with the camera. I’ve still got a lot to learn but here are a few beginner's pictures of an active heron:
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