Sunrise at The Celery Farm Natural Area

I got up early to see if there would be an interesting sunrise at The Celery Farm Natural Area. Years ago we used to get some really colorful sunrises with thousands of small birds taking off into the sky. Times have changed with a much smaller amounts of birds filling the sky above the trees, hardly noticeable above the trees in this wide shot. The sun rose to the right of the main view of Lake Appert, but the trees hide the actual sunrise. There were a handful of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets fishing and flying laps around the Lake. Also there were many raptors flying around the Lake pre-sunrise, some being chased by the small birds.

 

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Great Blue Heron’s Sunrise Breakfast – Cropped In

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Great Blue Heron’s Sunrise Breakfast @ 896mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 800

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Raptor sunrise Silo @ 896mm, f/10, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

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Sunrise Raptor Landing in Tree after being chased by small birds, 896mm, f/10, 1/320 sec, -1.33, ISO 400

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Cloud Formations on the Far Shore.

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Canada Geese Sunrise Flyby

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Small Birds Taking Off Into Sunrise on Far Shore

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Suns Up – From Camera Platform

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Great Egret FlyBy – Sun lighting through the wings. Canon 7D, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, f/8, 1/1000 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 320. Effective focal length, 896mm. Handheld.

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