I am heading out for a small two day test trip this Wednesday, April 27th, for a session with the D500. The target area is a bird migratory spot to catch some of the birds returning from their wintering grounds to Ontario. It is a bit early as of yet, the main migration is expected to happen during and after the second week of May, however I have two good reasons to head out.
The first one is my curiosity about the real world performance of the D500. There are some early reports out there, positive ones, but I always like to conduct my own experiments and get to my own conclusions. That said, I am very excited about this new camera and expect it to be a very good tool for birding and wildlife in general. The second reason is that in about ten days I’ll get under the knife in form of a coronary bypass surgery. This is a kind of out of the blue development and it has put a kink into my spring schedule. So, I’d like to post a review with a few images before I’ll go to the hospital for the procedure. I hope I’ll be able to manage it since I’ll be quite restricted after the surgery for a number of weeks on doctor’s orders.
Other: the above mentioned medical issue will keep me away from the Grand Tetons workshop. I sent a note out to each participants a few weeks earlier stating that the tour will go ahead as scheduled. My good friend Richard will take my place, he is an accomplished guide, knows all the nooks and little gems of the area and he is also a very good photographer. I am very lucky that he was able to help me out with this tour.
My recovery will take some six weeks, after that I’ll be able to resume my normal schedule. Therefore, the summer Algonquin Park nature and wildlife workshop will go ahead as planned. I very much hope that I’ll be in better shape than I was any time before.