Looking Up

This Great Egret landed on a pile of sticks out in the lake at a local Wildlife Refuge. It kept looking up and glancing around. At first I thought it was looking for a hawk that was screeching nearby. But then I saw a few Dragonflies buzzing around above the Egret. It is interesting to watch the Egret pick them out of the air as they fly by.

Osprey Flyover

It is always fun to photograph Ospreys flying overhead. And the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge,  Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ usually has quite a few around the Wildlife Drive. Especially in nesting season. I was using a Canon 400mm DO Lens with a 2x teleconverter to photograph these flying Ospreys.
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Cattle Egret @ 800mm

Another series of images @ 800mm. This time a Cattle Egret that was balancing on a sign along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, New Jersey. It was interesting to see it hanging on to the sign with it’s large feet. I did not want the sign to show so I was composing more for portraits against the nice blue sky. Because it was on top of the sign, I was sort of looking up at it. Most were taken with a 400mm lens with a 2x teleconverter. I shot a few different angles and views before moving on leaving the Egret sunning there. Before finding this Cattle Egret on the drive we also passed a small group foraging on the ground.
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2 overlapping vertical images @ 800mm for Panorama

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First image in series shot @ 400mm before moving a little closer & adding the 2x teleconverter 

Alligator With Smile & Feather

I found this Alligator at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. It looked like it was happy & smiling. Then I noticed the feather above it’s eye! Maybe it looked happy because it just finished a feathery meal. Or maybe the feather dropped down from the birds in the trees above the gator. The Alligators there actually protect the many nests in the rookery that are above the alligators. They keep many of the predators that would be attacking the nests from getting to the nests. It is amazing how many nests there are at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Mute Swans

Here are a series of Swan images that I photographed years ago. Many are from a very small Natural Area near where I used to live. Since it had a small lake there were many times you could get nice frame filling images of them. I know many do not like Mute Swans, but I thought they were interesting photo subjects and were fun to photograph.Swan no11 v3Mute_Swans_TO_v1 v4Swan_touchDown_v2_altSwan Flapping_Wings v3Swans fall_Flt_ v3Mute_Swan_v1 v4Swans_Flit_Blur_v1Swan cover_print

Cormorant Stretching It’s Wings

An early morning image taken years ago at a local Nature Area. It has a small lake so many times you could get interesting images of fairly close by birds. The rising sun gave a nice glow to the water. It also highlighted the black cormorant.

Osprey In Tree Sunset

As the sun was setting and the sky was glowing orange I noticed this Osprey in a tree along the Wildlife Drive at J. N. Ding Darling NWR on our way out of the Refuge. I liked the stark dark Osprey & tree silo against the colorful sky. Image taken with 400mm DO lens.

Female Anhinga Reflection Panorama

We were photographing this female Anhinga at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and I really liked the Anhinga’s reflection and wanted to include it in the final image. So I shot 2 images to combine in Photoshop. I manually aligned the 2 images (300mm) and did a soft edge mask to blend the 2 images into the final image. Sometimes when you blend 2 images automatically in Photoshop, it distorts or greatly skews one of the layers so it looks strange. So manual alignment sometimes works best.

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Closer Image, Single Female Cormorant Image with 400mm Canon DO lens with 1.4x Teleconverter , Canon 7D

Roseate Spoonbill FlyBy

Here are a series of images of Roseate Spoonbills in flight. These are from a previous trip to Florida, but did not post them before. One of my favorite birds to photograph! Plus they are a Large and Colorful bird. Easier to fill the frame and you definitely see them coming! Also they are interesting to watch how they interact with each other in the tree tops. My next post will show some of those images. Being retired now I have time to go through my large backlog of past trips. These are all taken back then with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens on a Canon 7D (Full Frame FOV ~ 640mm)

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Incoming Roseate Spoonbill

I am going through backup Hard Drives cleaning up and removing unneeded files. Sometimes you find interesting images you have not used before or you want to try different ways to adjust the file and bring out more details on already worked on files. The more you adjust files you find different ways or techniques to improve the image.  This image was taken years ago at Ding Darling NWR with a Canon 7D with a 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter ( ~ 896mm effective Full Frame FOV)

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