Wood Stork Fly-By At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

A Wood Stork fairly close Fly-By along the Wildlife Drive at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Florida. Images here were taken years ago with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 7D and a 300-800mm Sigma lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIII. The Wood Stork is a large American wading bird in the family Ciconiidae (storks), the only member of the family to breed in North America. It was formerly called the “Wood Ibis”, though it is not an Ibis. The Wood Stork is 59.1-68.9 inches tall so it stands out among other birds when roosting among other birds . They fly with their neck and legs outstretched but tend to perch with the neck drawn in, giving them a hump backed appearance. Wood Storks are entirely white save for their black flight feathers and tail. Their head is not feathered and has a scaly bald look.

Wood Stork Fly By, 400mm DO lens, Canon 7D
Wood Stork roosting on tree branch, 300-800mm Sigma lens with 1.4x Teleconverter, 1120mm, Canon 1D mkIII,
Wood Stork Roosting with Spoonbills Showing Wood Stork’s Large Size Compared to Roseate Spoonbills which are also fairly large. Image taken with a 300-800mm Sigma lens, Canon 1D mkIII

Out On a Limb At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

One of my favorite places to photograph is at J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Florida. But it does have it’s drawbacks, mainly one of the busiest & crowded NWRs. Also many of the birds are quite far off. Here are 2 images taken years ago. These were taken with one of my favorite lenses for birds the Sigma 300-800mm zoom. The Featured Image was taken @ 800mm with a Canon 1DmkIII.

Wood Stork, 800mm with 1.4X Teleconverter, 1120mm, 1D mkIII

Ospreys In Flight At Blackwater NWR

I am going through images I had not had time to post when I was working. Being retired now I am catching up on images that I wanted to post. These Osprey images are from a previous trip to the Blackwater NWR years ago. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 7D.

Osprey Heading Towards Me, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Osprey In Flight – Blackwater NWR, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Osprey In Flight – Blackwater NWR, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII

Winter Sunrises & Sunsets At Blackwater NWR

The images here are from Winter visits to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge over a few years. The Featured colorful ice image was taken at sunrise with a Sigma 300-800mm lens @ 300mm on a Canon 20D .

Blackwater NWR, early morning, Canon 1D mkIII, 17-40mm @ 17mm
Blackwater NWR Sunset, Canon 7D, 100-400mm @ 170mm
Blackwater NWR, Sunset, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 7D

Bombay Hook NWR Cloudscape Panorama

I was cleaning up backup Drives and found this panorama taken years ago at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. The panorama is made with 6 handheld horizontal images taken with a Canon 1D mkIII with a 24-105mm lens @24mm. Images were aligned & blended in Photoshop. I had previously posted a narrower 4 image version of this years ago, but liked this longer version I found and blended to show more of the landscape on the edges. This image was taken by one of the fields near the entrance to the Refuge. Once in the refuge the clouds were great also as we were traveling the Wildlife Drive.

Clouds above the Wildlife Drive from a different visit to Bombay Hook NWR. Canon R, 12-24mm lens @ 12mm.

Blackwater NWR Wildlife Drive Exit At Sunset

I was going through Backup Drives to cleanup duplicate files & unneeded images and I found a folder with sunset images from Blackwater NWR. The sunsets at Blackwater NWR can be very colorful and dramatic. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 15mm Fisheye lens on a Canon 1DmkIII and was taken a little closer to the exit than the image below. The images taken with the 15mm Fisheye were adjusted in Photoshop to remove the “Fisheye” Look & Effect but maintain the wide view.

Blackwater End of Wildlife Drive Staightaway to Exit. Farther away to exit than Featured Image. 5img Pano, 15mm Fisheye Canon Lens, Canon 1D mk III
End of Wildlife Drive. Left side view on Staightaway to Exit. 24-105mm Canon Lens @ 32mm, Canon 1D mk III
Side View Before the Straightaway to Exit. 2 image pano with Canon 28-135mm lens @ 28mm, Canon 1dmk III
Setting Sun on other side of Straight away before turning to the exit. Canon 28-135 lens @ 41mm, Canon 1dmkiii

Brigantine Division Sunset

A sunset image taken a few years ago at the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Brigantine Division in New Jersey. We had taken a trip to the Brigantine Division to photograph birds & wildlife, but decided to stay longer to see if it would be an interesting sunset for landscapes. The higher clouds were darkening as the sun went down but we were rewarded with a colorful sunset to photograph lower to the horizon! Image taken with a 24-105mm lens @ 24mm & Canon 1DmkIII.

Birds Of A Feather Do Not Always Flock Together

Another image from a previous trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. An interesting group of Florida birds grouped together in the same tree. Quite often when you see different types of birds in the same tree they are squawking at each other. At the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery they seem to be quite content sharing the same spaces in the trees. Image taken with a 400mm DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.

RainDrops After The Rain

A series of Rain Drop images after a heavy rain storm. All Images were taken with a Sigma 150mm Macro lens @ f/8.

Osprey Fishing In Early Morning

I am cleaning my backup hard drives to remove files to clean up space and to remove files I do not need or duplicates. I found this series of an Osprey fishing at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ. These were taken at 7 am so there was not a lot of light so I was happy they came out as well as they did because the Canon 1D mkIII was a little “noisy” in low light. The refuge years ago was a Celery Farm and after that they raised carp here before it became a town Natural Area. So you can see a small splash of orange color in the featured image by the Ospreys talons. The Osprey was not able to hold on to the Carp and dropped it before the next image.

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