Copyright © 2019 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Verditer Flycatcher (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Verditer Flycatcher or Eumyias thalassinus is an Old World Flycatcher found in Southeast Asia, Himalayas, and Sumatra. I have had plenty of encounters of this species and yet its blue colour is so brilliantly attractive; it is irresistibly beautiful for one not to take photographs; besides, the female has always been hard to find. This habitat where I found this bird is special and just for an ordinary beautiful day, I took twenty-three species and all presented beautifully by the habitat. Thanks again to Khun Rangsan Pisuttiwong for having me and soon I shall return again and again.

This time the male came and graced us with its lovely blue colour of its kind and later the female joined near by only to be spooked by larger birds. This male Verditer flycatcher knows how to find the right perch for us to enjoy.

The White-throated Rock Thrush or Monticola gularis is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae but not of Turdidae; it is found in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is a little bit difficult to find both male and the female at one location sometimes even though one or the other can just be hanging around.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a lens of its kind. I have used this lens few years ago together with its Sports version and I took them off after a few shots. I was not really satisfied of the autofocus performance, the hunting was just relentless and my subjects already been long gone before the focus was collected on the subject.

This time I borrowed again from Sigma Thailand, once again I want to prove the myself wrong about the lens because of my interest on the new Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. I mounted the two lenses on two of my D500s the Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM; side by side we were shooting the same subjects , the same lighting conditions, the same camera, the same memory cards, the Fotopro Tripods, our difference from each other; the focal length. The Sigma 150-600mm had a 100mm more reach than my Nikon 200-500mm.

Over all, as I was shooting with the Sigma, I missed a lot of shots and out of ten frames it would be lucky to get two sharp images as the hunting was relentless. The lens can’t focus fast and lock on to the subject. When I was going to the edges of my focus areas on my D500, the Sigma can’t focus on where that important square of a focus point. I had to make that go in the middle first then i can focus on the subject then I would use the joystick to move quickly to where the eye of the subject to get a focus, but then as I get there, it hunts again and the subject has long been gone.

Well, I tried and tried to get the most fantastic shots with the Sigma lens and I tried all my best to be proactive in handling it and I managed to get really sharp images. To be fair with my observation, one must work hard to get a real good image of any lens or camera body, quality does not come with just a click of a button. One must understand and know the product’s capability in order to produce a high quality work.

The Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is fast, light, autofocus response is really fast, the lens can hunt sometimes only when there is an obstruction, like a blade of grass, in between the lens and the subject, which can be true to all lenses exposed to such a situation; but the Sigma hunts the subject even though its there with the light path clean and free from obstructions. Nikon’s cheap Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR telephoto lens is on top of its game and is still one of its best lenses ever made which personally its my all-around-lens. Arpha Vida Buga-ay was nailing almost every shot of the ten frames per second of the Nikon D500; on my side, come evening, I was deleting almost everything I took in my ten frames per second.

Going back to Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, my experience was mixed with a little of auto focus frustration and joy with the sharp and all new world difference of the bokeh experience. The bokeh produced by Sigma was really something of a surprise of an experience. Fantastic bokeh and a sharp subject altogether makes one fantastic photograph. The rendering of colours as well is a whole new set of palette in which one could love to experience; I like the way the Sigma makes the subject come out with the colour and then the background stands down to emphasize the subject. In this shot the frame was really full as the photograph is, I believe composing within the frames makes the works easier and faster when processing.

Thanks a lot Sigma Thailand and Khun Lek Pachiya for lending the lens to me again and again; I am waiting for the opportunity to use the Sigma 60-600mm in order for me to make that decision to acquire such a versatile focal length capability.

Wat Tham Prathun, Thailand
January 26, 2019
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro E9| Fotopro LH-10A
Carry Speed FS-Pro
Nitecore UNK1 | Toshiba FlashAir 64GB

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