Shorebirds Walking Along Shore

When we were at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, we were surprised that a few sections of the Wildlife Drive had open views of the shoreline. Usually along the shoreline is blocked by grasses and other vegetation making difficult to photograph shorebirds on the shore. They recently rebuilt the Wildlife Drive from the hurricane damage a few years ago. You are not permitted to go off the Wildlife Drive, except for a few trails, so it rare to be able to photograph a close shorebird at a little lower angle. I believe these are Dunlins, but I am not an expert on shorebirds. Many times they are very similar to another type. I usually photograph the larger subjects.

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Pintail Ducks

We found this pair of Pintail Ducks while we were at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville New Jersey. It started as a grey overcast day but brightened up a little before we left. They were swimming away from us but I was able to get a few photos. The featured image is cropped a little, the second I waited for the female to finally turn her head a little so it was a better image. I had wanted to do a 2 shot image stack. The first focused on the male, the second on the female, but she was too quick for me. So in this image she is a little “soft” in focus. With Photoshop it it is fairly easy to do a multi-image handheld focus stack on moving subjects, especially with long lenses.

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Male & Female Pintail Ducks swimming away

Mute Swan Gliding In For Landing On A Foggy Morning

Still going through files I had not gotten to working on. Somehow work keeps getting in the way. This is from a local nature area. It was a foggy morning so I thought I might get some ducks in the fog before the sun burned off the fog. Then a Mute Swan glided in heading towards me. I liked this one because of the reflection of the landing Swan. The light was poor and again I added contrast and other editing techniques to make it less “muddy” looking but still give the look of the foggy morning.

 

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl photos from the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ, photographed a couple of years ago. I was going through older files, cleaning up folders and sorting out images. We had heard there were two Snowys around the Wildlife Drive. We actually spotted them a few times, but they were quite far out in the fields along the shoreline. This was photographed with a 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 2X teleconverter, and cropped fairly tight. Not the best image, but a Snowy!

Blue Dasher Dragonflies

Blue Dasher v3 Pond 2015_43G0914Dragonflies are one of my favorite subjects. I usually use a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with an extension tube, a 1.4X Series III teleconverter, and then another extension tube. This combination, with the extension tubes actually magnifies the image on the sensor. These were probably 8 to 10 ft away, but still filled the frame. I also use a flash with a Better Beamer flash extender to light them. The combination of the extension tubes and teleconverter totally confuses the metering, so I manually figure out an f/stop by trial and error. But it works for these kind of shots and I am not right in their “faces”.

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Who Are You Looking At!

This American Oystercatcher was searching for food in the sand at Nickerson Beach in Long Island. It started walking straight towards me as I was tracking its movements through the lens. It stopped and was looking straight at  me as though it was saying ” Who Are You Looking At”!    Let me know what title you would give the main photo!

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Hatched Oystercatcher Egg on the Sand. Canon 1D MkIV, 400mm f/4 DO IS, 25mm Canon Extension Tube- (for closer focusing, f/8, 1/500 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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American Oystercatcher Working on a meal. Canon 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/1250 sec, +0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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More Fighting Black Skimmers

I finished working on the rest of the files from Nickerson Beach of the Fighting Black Skimmers in Flight. This whole sequence lasted only about 4 seconds, if that. Here are a select few from 35 shots taken.

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