Curlews Across The Channel

I saw this group of Curlews across the water channel along the Wildlife Drive. Usually I only see one working an area, but here I saw 3 working an area for a meal. The one on the left caught something, not sure what it was but usually when they peck at the ground or forage in grasses they are going after grasshoppers, beetles or other insects. If you see them going deeper with their long bills they are foraging for earthworms, shrimp, clams, etc.  This group was just slowly walking and pecking at the ground. But it was fun to see a small group working an area out in the open.

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Nature Still Life Images From Our Walk

We have been trying to get out and walk more so we were trying the Nature Walk at a local Wildlife Center. It goes through a heavily treed area with ponds and marshy areas, with lots of different plants along the way. I enjoy picking out still life images from what we find along our walk. It can be branches with dried leaves, a feather laying on the ground or almost anything that catches my eye. I especially like shooting 2 to 5 shot panoramas of fallen tree branches. Some have an amazing variety of textures, colors, shadows, etc. Also look for a tree with interesting tree roots, shadows or shapes. Sometimes you find a spot of color when everything else is drab. Look for sunlight highlighting an area of interest. Strong highlighting adds textures or highlights interesting shapes. It is also interesting to look for subjects for some extreme closeups such as 1X to 8X, but that is for a different blog post. To sum it up, it is like a treasure hunt and your techniques can enhance what you find. It also helps you see more and broaden your visual skills. On a walk I usually take 2 cameras, one lightweight m43 with a 14-140mm lens (35mm equiv. of 28mm to 280mm) and a Canon 1D MkIV with either a long lens or a 150mm macro. It depends on how much I want to carry.

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3 shot panorama

 

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Yellow Rose

More Roses from the Gardens of Wyckoff.

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Immature White Ibis

We saw quite a few Immature White Ibises. You might think that they are Immature Glossy Ibises, but they have some white on the belly and rump with splotchy mottling. This one was feeding along the shore and did not seem to be bothered by my presence enabling me to get some closeup shots. He walked up to me so I did not think I was bothering him. After he ate his shrimp he moved on.

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Ibis with Shrimp
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, @ f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 2000

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What a Beak!
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, @ f/8, -0.33 exposure compensation, 1/200 sec, ISO 2000

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No Meal Under Here!
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, @ f/8, -0.33 exposure compensation, 1/200 sec, ISO 2000

Pelicans, Pelicans and more Pelicans, Oh My!

Pelicans are fun to watch and give you a lot of photo opportunities. Sometimes they seem almost comical, other times just plain clutzy! There was quite a large group where we were set up and with the Sigma 300-800mm I could pick my group and zoom in or out depending on the action, or lack of action, going on. I also had the 400mm DO with a 1.4X teleconverter over my shoulder in case something flew by closer.

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Look at what I caught!
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 640

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Not Easy to go Down
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 640

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Maybe Need More Water
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 640

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Still Not Going Down
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 640

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Double Itch
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/11, 1/800 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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Seeing Eye to Eye
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/11, 1/2500 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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Still Scratching
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG EX lens @ 800mm, f/11, 1/1600 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

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American White Pelican Fly By
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400 DO IS f/4, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, 560mm, f/11, 1/800 sec, +0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 400

BIF – Anhinga

Another from the Birds in Flight Series. This time a female Anhinga. They are quite fast flyers so I was only able to get a few shots this time as she flew by.

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Cormorant Fly By
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 @ 560mm, f/11. 1/500 sec, + 1 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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Cormorant Fly By
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 @ 560mm, f/11. 1/500 sec, + 1 exposure compensation, ISO 400

Cormorants

We were watching a number of Cormorants scattered about in front of us. You never quite know what they are going to do, so I tried to keep an eye open to see which one would do something interesting. Here are a series of different Cormorants in a variety of activities.

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