Osprey Hovering Before Diving

At the end of the year I go through my backup drives to cleanup and delete files no longer needed. I found this Osprey image taken years ago on one of those backup drives. This was taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, New Jersey. Image taken with the Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 lens @ 800mm. This was one of my favorite lenses back then. A beast to haul around, but once you were setup in an area, you could really get amazing results working that area for images. It did well with flying birds on a Canon 1D style camera body back then. Between the 1D mk IV body, heavy duty Gitzo tripod and Wimberly gimbal head you were over 20 pounds. So you did not roam around to much with this combo. But it was definitely a fun combo to use and produced extremely sharp images. For birds in flight it was great because you could zoom out to find them flying in the distance, then zoom in to get the shot. I do miss it from time to time but I make due with the 400mm Canon DO and Tamron 150-600mm lenses with teleconverters. Not as sharp as the 300-800mm f/5.6 Sigma, but close enough and my back appreciates the lighter load to carry.

More Sigma 300 – 800mm images below —

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Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons

I was going through old hard drives and found this series of images from 10 years ago of a pair of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons that were nesting on a busy side street leading into a park and baseball fields in Northern NJ. It seemed like a strange place for their nest since there were woods and a pond just a couple of hundred feet down the road, but they chose a busy street section. I followed them photographically (from a far distance with a 400mm Canon DO f/4 lens and the Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 lens @800mm and 1.4X & 2x Telconverters) for their nest building and raising the young. The images featured here were when they were first building their nest and displaying near the nest. The featured image was shot with a 400mm f/4 Canon DO lens & 2X teleconverter with fill flash before sunrise with a Better Beamer flash extender.

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Early morning, 400mm f/4 DO with 2X Teleconverter @ 800mm, Fill Flash with Better Beamer

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400mm f/4 DO with 1.4X Teleconverter – 560mm

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400mm f/4 DO with 1.4X Teleconverter – 560mm

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Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Displaying – 560mm

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Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Early AM @ 800mm

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Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron @ 800mm

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Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Displaying @ 560mm

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800mm @ 8 PM

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Early Evening – @ 560mm

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Early Evening  @ 400mm f/4 DO w/2x Teleconverter – f/10 1/250 – Displaying

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Early Evening – 400mm f/4 DO w/2x Teleconverter – f/10 1/250

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Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Displaying

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I had made a pdf e-book on the nest building and the Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron family. This is back cover

 

Pair Of Sandhill Cranes in Flight

I was going through old images on backup Hard disks and found this image of a pair of Sandhill Cranes in flight at the Lake Woodruff NWR in Florida many years ago. Photographed with a Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 zoom lens. The Sigmonster as it was called was an interesting lens. Very Sharp at all focal lengths but TOUGH to carry around a large Refuge at 12+ lbs and then the tripod and camera body, but you could really work an area and get some Great Images!

Below is an image of some Whooping Cranes that stayed with that flock of Sandhill Cranes at Lake Woodruff that year.

Sometimes it is fun to go through old images.  Hopefully it shows your photography is getting better over time!

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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

BIF – Brown Pelicans

Birds In Flight – A Brown Pelican Low Altitude Fly By this time. I was watching this Brown Pelican making a lap farther out then he circled in and flew in front of us. I was able to get a small burst as it flew by. Usually I like them with the sky as a background, but it is interesting looking at the wing positions, and wing patterns as they are flying by.

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Brown Pelican Low FlyBy
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, + 0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

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Brown Pelican Low FlyBy
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, + 0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

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Brown Pelican Low FlyBy
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, + 0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

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Brown Pelican Low FlyBy
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, + 0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

A Study In White

I was following this White Ibis when this Snowy Egret flew in. I was setup with a Sigma 300-800mm zoom which helped, so I could frame my subjects while they were interacting with each other. They just seemed to dance & prance around each other, not seeming to notice the other was there. Usually I use a little minus exposure compensation with white birds, but it was still early in the morning and a little dark. This time I used +0.33 exposure compensation with aperture priority after checking the histogram. This sequence only lasted a little over 2 minutes.

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Coming In
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Touchdown w/ Full Wing Spread
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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What’s for Breakfast
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Looking for a Meal
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Well I found something
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Still Looking
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Looking, Looking
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Coming Over
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

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Crossing Paths
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG APO f/5.6 lens @ 687mm, f/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 640, +0.33 exposure compensation, aperture priority.

One Leg Up Reddish Egret

This Reddish Egret was just standing on one leg for about an hour. I was shooting other birds flying in and out, hunting for their meals and interacting with each other. This one was just standing on one leg watching what was going on. I usually do not see them that motionless for that long. At least being that still made for a good subject to photograph.

Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG f/5.6 zoom @ 800mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 640

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