We went to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ to see what we could find to photograph. We usually like the wide variety of birds, but there were not as many shore birds as usual. And many birds were way far out in the distance. Lots of Swans, Some Black Skimmers, Terns, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, etc. Mostly the usual subjects. But all of the Osprey platforms had active nests with visible chicks. We usually concentrate on the platforms further down the Wildlife Drive, mainly because they are closer to the Drive, but you also do not get the Atlantic City skyline in the background. The Ospreys were not flying much, but it was still fun to photograph the nest activity. The featured image is a 4 image panorama shot with an Olympus m43 camera @84mm. I wanted an image to portray the nest platform in the landscape. All the reat were taken with a 150-600mm Tamron lens. I was quite impressed with Tamron 150-600mm on the Canon R. I had taken it on our trip to Florida and was amazed at the fine feather detail of breeding plumage birds. It auto-focuses nicely, was quite sharp. And the details were amazing. Even pushing the limits by adding a 2X teleconverter, I was impressed. It also kept up with skimming Black Skimmers working in the channels. On this day the clouds were also amazing.
Pretty darn gutsy to shoot a 1200mm pano and have it look good. Congratulations.
Thanks! After a while you get used to it so they usually turn out. I have more problems with m43 format panos. Depending on the camera / lens combos, I either shoot more or less images for the pano. One of my record panos was 64 images stacked in 5 layers with a 300mm. Photoshop usually does a good job. Also they usually are all handheld.
Love those puffy clouds, Reed. Looks like a perfect day to be out and about.
Thanks Eliza! It was a perfect day! Especially the green headed flies were not biting!
Ooh, greenheads! Terror at the beach. 😉
Terrific photos Reed. Sounds like quite the reserve!
Thanks Belinda! It is a Great Place to photograph! Between Wildlife, Dragonflies and landscapes it is a fun day!
Wonderful long-distance views of this lovely place, and super close-ups!
Thanks! It has been one of our favorite places to photograph over the years!
Gorgeous photos, Reed, of a gorgeous day and bird! 🙂
Thanks Donna! It is a fun place to photograph! Especially Ospreys and shorebirds, Egrets & Herons. Plus an occasional Bald Eagle or hawk. Mornings are interesting with flocks of Egrets flying into the sunrise.