Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Panoramas

I am going through old files that I have not had a chance to work on before. These are from a visit years ago to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The clouds were amazing on this visit so it was fun to do some panoramas. I photographed a series of handheld panorama landscapes but only worked on 1 of them back then. So here are a few more from that visit. Bombay Hook NWR is great for photographing multi-image landscapes because of the landscapes you see along the Wildlife Drive. On all the visits there we always saw amazing cloud formations. All images were taken with a 24-105mm lens @ 24mm, but the number of frames per panorama are varied. When shooting handheld panoramas you try to overlap somewhat equally, but it is better to shoot more than you think you need just to be safe. This way you have more frames to choose from when assembling the panorama. Once you get used to doing them you usually require fewer frames. The featured one is my original I posted then. The one below is a landscape made from 3 images, so there is more overlapping on each image.

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3 images @24mm, but less overlapping of images and finished more to the right

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Cloudscape Panorama across from entrance – 6 image panorama @ 24mm

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Cloudscape Panorama across from entrance – 9 images @ 24mm

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6 images (vertical) @ 24mm panorama to get more sky & clouds

 

Red Fox @ Bombay Hook NWR

During one of our trips to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge we saw this Red Fox walking towards us. We were out of the car photographing birds so I started taking photos of the fox. We have seen foxes before but they usually did not come close to us. But when it was about 8-10 feet away, we decided to get back in the car. It sort of looked at us and just kept walking by. I was using a 400mm lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter so this image is just cropped a little on the top to remove some background when I was setting up the file for a print.

Bombay Hook NWR Landscapes

Here are a series of landscape & cloudscape images from a recent visit to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. The featured image was shot @ 14mm along the Wildlife Drive.

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Bombay Hook Landscape along Wildlife Drive – Shearness Pool @ 12mm, Canon R

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Bombay Hook Landscape along Wildlife Drive @ 158mm, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm

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Bombay Hook Landscape along Wildlife Drive – Shearness Pool @12mm, 2 img pano, Canon R

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Bombay Hook Landscape, Shearness Pool along Wildlife Drive @ 14mm, Olympus OM-D

 

Great Blue Heron In Finis Pool @ Bombay Hook NWR

Towards the end of the Wildlife Drive at Bombay Hook is Finis Pool. Quite often you can get photos of turtles here along with ducks. On this day we found a cooperative Great Blue Heron that posed for us. We took a few images and then moved on to not disturb the Heron. Plus a couple of turtle images, since we were there. Here I was using a Canon R with a Tamron 150-600mm zoom.

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 428mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Great Blue Heron @ 600mm

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Turtle on Stump – Finis Pool – 600mm

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Turtles Warming In Sun – Finis Pool, 600mm

 

Raymond Pool – Sun Rising Above Trees

A 3 image Panorama of the Sun rising above the Raymond Pool early in the morning at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. Shot with a 14mm lens on a m43 Camera and assembled manually in Photoshop. It seems like panoramas with a wide angle m43 lens are more successful if you manually assemble the panoramas in Photoshop. The auto align seems to go to wild extremes.

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Raymond Pool @ 14mm, shooting through an opening by a tree

American Avocets At Bombay Hook NWR

On our visit to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge we saw large flocks of American Avocets. The only problem was they were so far out in the Shearness Pool. Photographing large flocks was acceptable at 600mm, but I added a 2x teleconverter to get to 1200mm for individual Avocets. Even then I had to crop quite tightly for the individual Avocets. These are also handheld, so I upped my ISO to 1200 ISO and f/16 hoping for more sharpness with the 2X Teleconverter.

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Avocets @ 600mm

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Avocets @ 1200mm

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Avocets @ 1200mm

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Avocets @ 1200mm

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Avocets @ 1200mm

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Avocets @ 1200mm

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Avocets @ 600mm

Semipalmated Sandpipers In Flight

We went to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware to see what we could find for photo subjects. Usually you can find some close birds, but most of the pools were dried up so that limited quite a few spots to photograph.  Also landscapes are nice here, with nice cloud formations to add interest. It is a large NWR and usually most photo subjects there are quite far in the distance, so you need long lenses. But sometimes they cooperate and you find some closeup subjects. Especially when the pools have water. It is fun to see what you can find. This post features flying Semipalmated Sandpipers

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Semipalmated Sandpipers In Flight at Shearness Pool @ 600mm

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Semipalmated Sandpipers In Flight at Shearness Pool @ 600mm

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Semipalmated Sandpipers In Flight at Shearness Pool @ 600mm

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Semipalmated Sandpipers Foraging

 

Up In The Trees

We have been to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge a few times, but on this visit it seemed a lot of the Egrets and Herons were in some of the tall trees around the water. Not too many were in the water. Seemed strange too see so many Egrets  on top of these, but seemed like they had good balance!

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An Osprey seemed to join in but not in a tree

Skies From Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Some more skyscapes from our day of photography at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.
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More Views of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

I am still going through my images from our day at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Lots of files to adjust and work on, so I am a little behind. Here are a few more.

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