Great Blue Heron By Waters Edge

I was surprised on our visit to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ that there were quite a few Great Egrets & Great Blue Herons still around in January. The Featured Image was a 2 image portrait. It walked by me and was so close I wanted to show a little more of the neck. So I quickly shot 2 images @600mm for a pano portrait of the Heron. The images below are a series of images @ varying focal lengths as it was foraging in front of me.

Great Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron @329mm, Canon 1DmkIV
Great Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron @329mm, Canon 1DmkIV
Great Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron @ 256mm, Canon 1DmkIV
Great Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron @329mm, Canon 1DmkIV
Great Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 226mm, Canon 1D mkIV

Canada Geese Panoramas Along Brigantine Wildlife Drive

Some additional images from our trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. The main attraction here is the Wildlife Drive that circles around the main visitor areas. It is about 8 miles long, one way, circling the main active viewing areas. In the early Spring there are multiple Osprey platforms along the Drive for watching Ospreys building nests and see them feeding their young. They also have multiple trails for exploring and a Visitor Center.

Canada Geese Sleeping , 3 Image Panorama, 150-600mm lens @ 500mm, handheld
Sleeping Canada Geese, Single Image from panorama to show detail, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese Waking Up After Nap, 7 Image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese, 7 image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 375mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese Closer Up, 3 image panorama, 600mm

Great Egret Flying Into Tree

On our visit to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge we saw quite a few Great Egrets around the Refuge. This one was foraging in the grasses along the Wildlife Drive and flew into a group of trees along a turn on the Wildlife Drive. It was usually a great spot for photographing Night Herons.It stayed in the tree for quite a while just moving around on the branches. All images were taken with a Canon 1DmkIV with a 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm.

Snow Geese 30 Image Panorama From Brigantine

We decided at the spur of the moment to take a trip in state to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division. We thought that concentrating on just driving & photographing on the Wildlife Drive we would not be close to any others visiting there. We were surprised how many people were there, but it was fun to get out and photograph again. It was a Great Day and was fun to take your mind off Covid-19. The cloud formations were Great in the am and there were quite a few birds to photograph. I was mainly looking for large flocks of Snow Geese to photograph. Usually they are in multiple groups in the water scattered along the Drive and flying around the Refuge. But on this day they were mainly only in 2 very large groups quite far out along the Drive and not flying through the Refuge. Except 1 or 2 that flew by far out in the distance. So on the one large group I decided to shoot a panorama that turned out to be 30 images shot with a Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm on a Canon 1D mkIV, handheld. I wished I had used the Canon R instead for finer detail, but I was using that with a Wide zoom lens.

One Frame out of 30 images showing Snow Geese Detail. (1D mkIV, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm)

Snowy Egret Early AM

These images are from a previous trip years ago to J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. It is one of our favorite places to visit when we are in Florida. We were walking early in the morning on the Indigo Trail which is off the Wildlife Drive. Usually there are quite a few Egrets & Herons there feeding in the am. The problem photographing in the early am there is it quite dark being in the shade from all the trees & vegetation above. After I took the featured image, I wanted to include the Snowy Egret’s reflection in the water. So I shot 2 vertical images to combine in Photoshop for a long vertical Panorama to include the reflection.

Snowy Egret – 2 vertical images Panorama,
400mm DO Lens with 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mkIV, Blended in Photoshop

Setting Moon At Blackwater NWR

I was going through hard drives, cleaning up files I did not need anymore and I found this image from years ago of a visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. It is when we first got there early in the morning before sunrise. I was using a 24-105mm lens @ 105mm on a Canon 1D mkIV. Image taken at 5:47 @105mm, f/11, 1/160 sec., -1.3 exposure compensation to hold detail in the setting moon. In post I opened up the shadows for more grasses & landscape detail. Then cropped some sky and foreground grasses for a more interesting panorama look.

TriColored Heron

I was going through bird images looking for one to post instead of more landscapes. I came across this image of a Tricolored Heron. This was from a small local Wildlife Area where I used to live and was a not a common visitor to this small lake. Image taken in early evening with a 400mm f/4 DO lens @ f/4.5, 1/160 sec.

Autumn Leaves

Here are some Autumn leaf images taken a few years ago. So far this season, here in NJ, the leaves are not very colorful. So while I am waiting I thought I would post these. The featured image was taken @f/11 with a 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 1.4x teleconverter. The leaf was floating in a small lake at sunrise. Images below were along the the walking paths at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ.

Leaf on Leaves, Celery Farm Natural Area, Canon 70-300mm DO lens @ 300mm, f/8, Canon 1D mkIV
Leaf on Leaves, Celery Farm Natural Area, Canon 70-300mm DO lens @ 210mm, f/8, Canon 1D mkIV
Colorful Leaves, Celery Farm Natural Area, Canon 70-300mm DO lens @ 230mm, f/8
Leaf on Stump, Celery Farm Natural Area, Canon 70-300mm DO lens @ 180mm, f/11

LadyBug On Thistle

On a visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park, I found this Ladybug climbing on a Thistle. I liked the “Spot” of Color of the Ladybug against the green part of the Thistle. I thought it looked like it was pointing to the flowering colorful top on the thistle and added interest. Image taken with 300mm lens @ f/11 on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Brown Pelican FlyBy

A close flyby image of a Brown Pelican from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge  in Cambridge, Maryland. I was purging files from backup hard disks and thought this was an interesting image of the Brown Pelican to post here. Image taken with a 400mm Canon DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.

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