Anhinga after successful hunting trip with freshly speared fish !!! Sushi for lunch !!
Owl coming in for a landing
Trying for a natural vertical capture finally lucked out with one !!
Egret landing at Little Estero Lagoon, great place for afternoon shooting. You will get different color reflections from the nearby condominiums.
Male kite just moving into position for mating.
From St Paul Island in the Pribilofs a tufted puffin on a rare day with sunlight !!!
Female anhinga with freshly caught fish.
Great Egret concentrating for its next meal. bg is vegetation diffused by the wide open aperture.
Female anhinga with freshly caught fish ... proud girl and terrified fish.
Canon 1DMk2 500 f40 IS f 10 1/4000 sec ISO 200
Snowy egret on the beach, image made lying on the sand with dark rain clouds in the bg,
A juvi roseate spoonbill coming in for a landing. find the young ever better looking that the adults.
A couple of Sandhill Cranes taking off early morning from their roosting pond at Bosque del Apache
Cattle egret starting to get its breeding plumage ... not sure what it was up to !!!
This image was made the same day as my wife's award winning image recently posted. This one entered the North American Nature Photography Association contest and got an award being picked as one of the top ten images for the year. It is currently on NANPA Website. Great day for us but not good for the flickers ...... got evicted by the starlings !!! Put up a good fight but there were just too many of them !!!
Atlantic puffin returning to the nesting area with lots of food for the little one !!!!
Early morning in Little Estero Lagoon South West Florida, Egret landing after short hop looking for breakfast
Start of mating season, male brings nesting material for female. Great interaction when they land !!! Meter of sky and open one and one third stop.
Osprey with freshly caught sheepshead coming in for a landing. Marco area in Florida
Anhinga with just caught fish ... happy bird !!!!!
Burrowing owl guarding the nest while companion makes remodeling
Canon 1DMk3 600 IS 2.0X f 9.0 1/1600 sec ISO 800
Canon 1DMk2n 600 f4.0 IS 1.4X f8.0 1/1250 sec ISO 400
Male anhinga in full breeding plumage.
Canon 1DMk2 500 IS 2.0X f8.0 1/2000 sec ISO 400
Puffin returning to colony on Gull Island in witless Bay Newfoundland. The island is an ecological reserve and a permit is needed to land on the island ... well worth the trouble. Landing is difficult and done from a Zodiac, no landing beach ... you jump up unto rocks and its a hike to get up to the birds !!!
Anhinga with mouth open just after sunrise.
Male Anhinga returning to nest with a branch. Part of the courtship and nest building/repair. These birds are tough to photograph for bringing out their colors, this one caught just after sunrise so the underside was totally lit !!
Image made from boat taking a large group out of Gull Island in Witless Bay NF Tough going hand holding a 600 lens with a 2X converter from a rolling boat !!!
Egret standing in the lagoon looking at the abut to rise sun. Shooting directly into the light. This camera was not as noise free as the current so we tried keeping the ISO lower and take a chance on the sharpness at lower shutter speed. Noise in the dark tones would have been noticeable.
Image from Everglades National Park Fl Made backlit as the sun was coming up with fill flash
Osprey returning to nest with nesting material
Caracara fixing to land Central Florida
Caracara in flight
A pair of snowy egrets having a disagreement !!
Canon 1Ds 500 f4.0 IS 1.4X f 5.6 1/500 sec ISO400
Red shouldered hawk from Everglades National Park Florida. Birds was sitting high up on a tree so I backed up with a 600 and 2x to flatten perspective
Gull just after preening at the end of the day, natural water color from setting sun and a touch of flash was use since the image is backlit.
Early morning a Tricolored Heron going after small baitfish for its breakfast
One the beach a baby skimmer going after one of its parents begging for food
Gull skimming over the water
Image made right at first light looking straight into the sun's reflection. Colors are natural with exposure set at ambient plus one. Flash used to light up the bird set at minus one and two thirds on ETTL
Osprey with fresh caught fish, made at Everglades National Park in FL
An Oystercatcher banking against the mangroves in the rain.
Duck just landed in soft late afternoon light. Color of the water comes from reflections of nearby tree.
Gull bathing in the surf with light being reflected from the cliffs San Diego Ca. Great for late afternoon shooting when there is low tide !!
Great horned owl from Central Florida
Two nesting ospreys being attacked by a third bird Everglades National Park FL
Tricolor heron fishing early morning in tidal pool
Great Blue Heron caught in an awkward moment ... probably not appreciated !!!!
Got one at the end of the day at Everglades National Park. These tend to stay away and start a bit late !!
An ibis taking off from a pond, reflecting light from the surrounding trees are giving the pretty color to the water.
Canon IDsMk2 500 f4.0 IS 1.4X f 8.0 1/1250 sec ISO 250
Canon 1DMk2n 600 f4.0 IS + 2.0X f 8.0 1/1200 sec ISO 400 Sandhill Crane from Bosque del Apache, bg is out of focus cornfield by extreme magnification.
Sandhill Crane mom feeding two small chicks
One of the two baby sandhill cranes calling mom
Shooting straight into the sun with lots of fog over the water, best light of the day.
Snail kite calling while returning to the nest area
Taken at Venice Rookery in Florida a pair of male GBH going at each other. Several other fights had erupted close to the nest during the day.
Canon 50D 500 f4.0 IS 1.4X f 5.6 1/4000 sec ISO 400 With ground pod
Double Crested Cormorant in full breeding plumage
From Bosque Del Apache A blue goose coming in for a landing to the corn fields. Adjusted shutter speed for 1/15 sec for the effect. Just try getting a fairly sharp head area with a blurred body. btw for these is best to use a ND filter to keep from having to stop down so much ... did not have one handy for this one A .9 filter would be fine (three stopes)
Purple Gallinule moving around looking for food. These birds are tough to get out in the open and need light for the colors to come out.
Just a duck having a good day.
White egret fluffing its feathers and giving an intense stare.
Skimmer bringing food for its babies. It is amazing to see the little guys trying to eat this monster ... fish is about their size but they do try. At times they just sit there with the tail sicking out of their mouth.
Great Blue Heron with freshly caught catfish.
Double Crested Cormorant with freshly caught fish. Just about to swallow after a bit of a struggle .... not with the fish but with other cormorants :)
One of the more difficult birds for me in flight and don't have many of the species. They were flying that morning to and from the nest area and managed to track one with the long lens.
Razorbill from from Machias Island Main. Two hour boat ride to the island and two back ... then there is good chance you will not be able to land because of swells and the smaller skiff can not dock. If you do get out and have decent conditions (overcast) birds are plentiful. You shoot from hides and get about one hour before heading back. Long trip but worth the gamble.
Inspired by my wife's just posted blur bringing out one of my own. These can be pan, zoom or motion. This is a pan blur. Light was getting a little strong so best thing is trying blurs. For keeping the aperture at a reasonable level a .9 ND filter was used which reduces exposure by about three stops.
A little different pose and look but always liked this image.
Burrowing owl standing by its nest. Image made crawling to the bird on my belly with a medium tele lens. The orange on the back is actually a reflection from the sun on a home which I was trying to line up with the bird.
Looks big and mean but just the foot from snowy egret. Like to isolate body parts and try something different .. lots of feet :) Did not raise ISO for this since the camera used did not have a good ISO performance, today would have gone much higher.
A double crested cormorant in full breeding plumage. This one is just about peak with the inside of mouth blue.
One of the great places for gannets, Cape St Mary's Newfoundland. Its walk to get out to the rock, about one mile but worth it. Weather is usually a problem with heavy fog most of the time.
A pair of Black Skimmers going after each other over the colony.
Part of the mating ritual of the laughing gulls is for the male to regurgitate the food bollus which the female happily accepts.
These turkey vultures are so ugly that they actually look good. Here is a pair of them is very soft light just after sunrise. btw these are very well behaved compared to their cousins the black vultures.
Top view is my favorite for this bird, always happy to get a chance.
Ibis returning to roost at the end of the day.
From St Paul Island a horned puffing returning to its nest.
Warm day followed by sever cold weather can bring this conditions to Bosque. They last for a few seconds and they are gone.
Made in the Cayman Island and it was a daylight image. Just used f 16 to render the bg sort of dark and use the large strobe as flash as main.
From Bosque del Apache NM A goose at a slow shutter speed with cottonwood background. With light getting a little harsh these type make for better images. Used an ND filter to control the aperture.
Night heron about to swallow a fiddler crab. Tore most of the legs and claws by this time and didn't take him long.
One of the harder birds for me to get clean is the least bittern. This one is about to strike a fish. Did get a sequence but all behind the green branch.
This is the normal mating ritual for the least terns, male gets a fish then gives it to the female and mate. Went out this day pre-dawn raining and by eight in the morning when I made this image a huge storm hit. One of the few times I have feared for my safety due to severe lighting while crossing the lagoon. Glad it worked out .. also the rain gear for the 500 and camera !!! All dry !!
Little green heron flying over duckweed
White egret fishing late afternoon. Water color comes from reflections of condos back to the water all natural. The bird is in full breeding plumage. btw this image the AF was not grabbing due to contrast and switch to manual focus.
Skimmer flying overhead heading back to the colony.
Late afternoon in the cornfields before the birds take off for the night. Shooting against the light.
Pre dawn is the best time at Bosque. You set up at the main pond looking into the sun and hope for a morning like this one. Bright red skies. Conditions lasts for seconds then the birds will take off by the thousands and you hope the sun is high enough for good light .... but not over the mountain. One spectacular sight and sound !!!
Swallow-tailed Kite Banking with clear blue skies. One of my favorite birds.
One of the fastest birds and more difficult to capture. We have the best chance with favorable strong wings as they return to their nests.
Walking out of the lagoon found some spoons with the sun setting behind them. It was getting dark but water was still nice. Did use fill flash for this image. Flash actually helped make a sharp image at that slow shutter speed.
Snow Geese congregate at the corn fields in huge numbers at blast at times which can be spectacular .. other times you can sit waiting for ours and nothing happens :) This image was made from the top of a step ladder which I bought in town and took around the top of my truck. Vegetation was so high you could not see the birds but with the ladder perfect !!!!!
A rare treat for me capturing a willet in flight with pleasing bg. Lucked out as I had just removed my 500 from the tripod to do some crawling around and was able to track him hand holding. Seldom shoot without the tripod but will If I have to.
A Tricolor juvi returning to his nesting area. They are very aggressive following the parents begging for food. Image made before sunset with very little light, flash used.
A sandhill crane from Bosque taking off and banking. At times we luck out with the wind ENE and have some excellent chances for flight. Early morning.
From one of the temples in Egypt. Found some bats and they seem cooperative just there wasn't much light at all !!! Scanned slide.
One my wettest shooting days, we left the car pre-dawn for the beach with full rain gear one. Never stopped through out the morning, just let up a bit at times. We did have a good time the oystercatcher and chick. Both parents were present and they had two chicks. I understand one did not make it.
This is one image not a composite. Had seen the sailboat approaching and was hoping for some bird to get in the way. Image is full frame and only crop for proportion .... the bird was luck plus a few pieces of bread :)
Snail kite returning to nest in pouring rain, fun day to shoot :) Used a slower shutter speed than normal for capturing the raindrops a little better. ... from my Nikon Days :)
During the day geese and cranes fly to the corn fields to feed congregating in large numbers. At times they blast off and makes for an impressive sight. A coyote or raptor might send them into panic. Afterwards they return and the cycle starts over again. At times there can be more than ten thousand birds but there is no certainty of a blast off.
From Bosque de Apache NM. Crane taking off early morning on its way to feeding grounds .. cornfields. Bird was at enough distance to use a very slow shutter speed for the blur. Just cropped for proportion, about full frame.
Best way to capture the little shore birds is getting low and crawling. For this was mostly mud but when is warm its sort of pleasant since makes you feel cooler. Only precaution is keeping your hands totally clean of mud, dirt sand. Lens is mounted on some sort of ground pod ... I use the Anderson ... and can place a frisbee under the pod to keep the lens form sinking and easier pushing around.
This is Princess, a female grackle that lives in Joe Overstreet nesting by a double wide trailer. Not sure what is going on but she does look very peculiar :)
Swallow-tailed kite bringing a baby chick to the nest to feed here own. They normally hatch more than one chick but normally the strongest one will kill its sibling. This bird was feeding its chick mostly small iguanas and baby chicks.
Female osprey returning to the nest.
I was trying different shutter speeds for giving the wings a different look. It is mostly luck since there is a huge variation speed wise from flight to flight. This image is straight out of the camera and was used a while back to make a digital creation mixing several images. Here is a link in case you might like to see. 500px.com/photo/2061077
A pair of Great Egrets mating in the swamp rookery. Lake Martin.
Same bird Fabs posted flying right at me. Tough conditions with very little light and cold. One of the best birds that I photographed Wild and no bait was involved !!! Had the pleasure to shoot with Raymond Barlow and he did big time good on this trip for us !!! Works hard and gets you the birds !!! Thanks Ray !! 500px.com/raymondbarlow
From the same shoot as the previous with Ray Barlow. Magnificent bird and one tough animal to get. Very little light and not many second chances. All images were made in one session. Understand the bird stayed for two more days but did not come out much and now she is in a different area. Sure was exciting !!! Wild bird and no bait involved 500px.com/raymondbarlow
We also managed this beauty during our last trip, Ray Barlow got us some local help. Kevin Norris and Rodney Brown (which has posted some sweet owl shots recently) found the owl for us. 500px.com/raymondbarlow All images were made under heavy overcast, light snow and no light :) They like to come out at the end of the day to look for prey
From the raptor center, many birds available and fun to shoot. Very few keepers with difficult conditions and fairly strong snowing making autofocusing difficult . Last day shooting with Ray Barlow and looking forward to another session, sweet place !!! 500px.com/raymondbarlow
From the Raptor Center I shot with Raymond Barlow one Juvi eagle screaming its head off. The bird was not agitated or bother by anything just like to scream and seem to be having a blast !!! One sweet looking bird !! 500px.com/raymondbarlow
One of my favorite birds !!!!
Its only fitting to have another dedication to to the negative vote casters, they have been very viciously active lately and should take heart to this one .... although I'proud of this image. This bird looked perfectly normal, went in the bushes to nest and came out looking this way after a few days, We have been unable to determine what happen to the pour thing !!! No idea. Does seem healthy otherwise. Have fun negative people !!!
A Great Gray owl zeroing in on a target to pounce ... and good they are. Bird wild and unbated Had the pleasure of shooting with Raymond Barlow and will be doing so again !! 500px.com/raymondbarlow
Great Blue Heron with a fresh caught garfish !! Everglades National Park. Got caught between settings and ISO was more than I wanted, but the D3 works mighty fine !!!
A pair of skimmers fighting over the colony late afternoon.
Snail kite returning with freshly caught snail
Have posted one similar in the past and my wife has one that made it image of the year in Nature's Best. Have similar from several years. Need heavy overcast conditions to expose + 2 1/3 at least and very strong wind. The birds will jump up in the air and can just hang without effort, sure is fun shooting, just takes a little patience and luck.
From Everglades National Park this past weekend. Always a satisfying capture.
From my recent trip to Canada, one of my must exciting and productive trips. Bird is wild, free and no bait was used. Had the pleasure to shoot with Raymond Barlow for this unique experience. 500px.com/raymondbarlow
Pintail banking late afternoon with good light
One bird with beautiful feathers if you can get the quality light. ... btw should have mentioned the flash did not fire .. is all natural light !!!!
Amazing what they can eat !!!
Pelican landing at the end of the day with soft light. For these I like being able to keep the eye area fairly sharp. The shutter speed will be set according to the distance, angle and speed of the bird. Best setting exposure manually
Reddish egret from Little Estero Lagoon in full breeding plumage.
Black Crown Night Heron flying with a pretty flower bg
From Bosque del Apache a pair of cranes going through their mating ritual.
From Blue Cypress Lake in FL, mating sequence about to start. This year lots of birds came late and are just starting to build nests and mate. Also not as many birds and scattered all over the lake. Still plenty of fun and like their intense look !!
Female anhinga in full breeding plumage.
This is one enterprising pelican, don't see many with so much building material ..... I'm sure he got a big reception at the nest !!!! :)
Oystercatcher screaming its head off, wet from raining all morning.
Left the car pre-dawn raining, not a pleasant experience. Keeping gear dry takes time and effort ! Use the Hydrophobia for the lens/camera worked perfect.
These guys are fierce, Egyptian geese !!! Saw one in a National Geographic issue standing up to a hippo !!! .... maybe they are just not bright :)
Always amazed at these pelicans and their dives !!! Seems lit it would hurt :)
Fun to do bird body parts once in a while particularly feet !!!
Backlit Ibis returning to roost at the end of the day. ... this one image has been hit hard by the dislikers !!! Wish I could say amazing but its the common way.
Great egret with a freshly caught little fish, no clue as to the kind but was colorful. Golden reflection from the late afternoon light hitting condos at Little Estero Lagoon
A pair of Caspian terns were hanging among the royal terns in Ft DeSoto. This one was screaming its head off !!
These two were going at it for close to four minutes ... really ... and afterwards got a standing ovation from the photographers :)
Royal Terns mating on the beach.
Cape St Mary's Newfoundland. A couple watching the gannets nest and go about their routine.
I find lots of inspiration looking at images in this site, excellent work. Gilbert Claes is one of my favorites for the feeling he puts into his images. Always liked doing blurs and now I'm energized by his awesome images. Thanks Gilbert !!! btw blurs can be made in several ways for different effects. Motion following the subject, leaving camera still and subject moves, subject still and you move the camera, change focus while keeping camera still .... limitless possibilities just have to give them some feel !!!
A pelican landed at Anhinga Trail ENP. Normally we don't have any so this must have been a sick bird.... next afternoon he fell while trying to fly away and was eaten by an Alligator. Very sad watching.