When I was working on the files of this Reddish Egret I photographed at Ding Darling NWR, there was one feather that always looked like it was sticking up and seemed strange. So on the images I was working on I just cloned it out because it looked odd. It was not til I was working on the last image I saw it was a radio tracker, not a weird feather sticking up. I was surprised how large it was. I was going to go back and leave it in, but decided to stay with a “cleaner” look for most of them. I have seen tracking bands on their legs, but it was a first time I saw a radio tracker on a bird at Ding Darling NWR. Especially a tracker that large. This Reddish Egret was working this area from early morning with cooler light and gradually I got some warmer shots as the sun got higher in the sky. You can see the progression of cooler early morning images, then to the last warmer with the sun higher in the sky.
Such a beautiful bird. I have mixed feelings about radio trackers. The science it provides probably ultimately helps the species, but it seems so intrusive to the individual.
Hi! I agree with you! It was not until I was working on my last image of the series that I saw the tracker. After seeing it, I noticed it on some of the others. I assume it is a tracker because of the antenna.
Really beautiful photos Reed! Fine detail!
Thanks Belinda!the early morning light helped!
WOW, the last shot is stunning, Reed!! How awesome to sight a bird with a radio tracker, I think that’s pretty neat. I thought I once had an Osprey with one, but was disappointed to find it was a feather after all.
Thanks Donna! As I was working on the images, I thought it was a weird feather so I kept cloning them out. On the last image I saw what it really was and did not want to go back and start over on adjusting them.
Like you, I’m surprised such a relatively large device wouldn’t interfere with the bird’s activities, particularly flying.
I guess they might get used to it! But it does seem large and it would be annoying! I also wonder how it is attached!