Cormorant Portraits, Sunning On Treetops

We saw a quite a few Cormorants sunning on the top of trees as we were walking the trails on our trip to Lake Woodruff NWR. The featured image was taken with a 300mm f/4 lens. I liked the strong sunlight on the Cormorant enabling more detail in the dark black bird. The images here were 2 different cormorants from different tree branches.Cormorant_v1_LW_7D_300mm_MG_0257

Additional Cormorant Images:

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Cormorant @ 273mm

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Cormorant @ 375mm

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Cormorant @ 375mm

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Cormorant @ 375mm

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Cormorant @ 309mm

Marsh Rabbit

While we were walking the trails at Lake Woodruff NWR, we saw a few small rabbits. Looking them up they seem to be Marsh Rabbits. Marsh rabbits are typically smaller than Eastern Cottontail Rabbits. Adults from the Florida peninsula weigh approximately 2.2–2.6 pounds with a total length upwards of 17 inches. The hind feet of the average mainland marsh rabbit is also larger, at 3.6 inches compared with 3.5 inches for the typical Florida Marsh Rabbit. The featured image was taken @ 600mm.

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Marsh Rabbit @ 600mm

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Marsh Rabbit @ 428mm

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Marsh Rabbit @ 600mm

American Alligators @ Lake Woodruff NWR

On our trip to Lake Woodruff NWR we saw quite a few American Alligators in the channels along the paths. In other years we saw more, but they are not my favorite photo subjects, so it was fine for me. This is a closeup Head shot that was taken along one of the channels near the entrance. Other years we saw them on the paths or the shoreline. But this trip they were mostly in the water. It was hard to get good shots of them because of the reflections of the grasses and other plants along the shoreline which made the background busy looking.

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Same image as the featured image with a feathered in softer background

 

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American Alligator @ 600mm

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American Alligator with reflections of the grasses in the water @ 200mm

Sandhill Cranes FlyBy In Morning Light

A couple of images of Sandhill Cranes flying out early in the morning. Images shot at 213mm with a 150-600mm Tamron lens.

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Sandhill Crane Fly-By Sequence

A series of images of a Sandhill Crane Slow FlyBy. Interesting to see the wing positions as it slowly flew by me. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens. Images captured @ 428mm.

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Sandhill Crane Panoramas From Lake Woodruff NWR

On our trip to Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLand Florida we were hoping to see Sandhill Cranes. They did not disappoint us. The only problem was it was a spur of the moment trip so I traveled light and only chose the lenses I thought would be best. I did not want to load up the car with too many lenses to carry once we got there. So for long lenses I brought a 300mm with a close focusing capability and a Tamron 150-600mm zoom for versatility along with teleconverters. Usually the Sandhill Cranes are in large flocks or off in the distance. The first walk in to the trails, 2 Sandhills landed right by us within a couple of feet. They stuck with us for quite a while giving me the opportunity to get a lot of portraits. But to get the whole Sandhill Crane in, I resorted to shooting panoramas of them. All panos were shot handheld and assembled in Photoshop. The featured image is only 2 vertical images blended because the Crane was a little further away from me at this point.

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Sandhill Crane, 2 Vertical Image Panorama, 300mm lens

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7 horizontal images, handheld panorama, 300mm lens

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Sandhill Crane,  2 Vertical Image Panorama, 300mm lens

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Sandhill Crane Panorama, 7 Horizontal Images, 300mm

Great Blue Heron FlyBy

Here are a few Great Blue Heron images taken on our Lake Woodruff NWR trip to Florida. As we were walking the trails I saw this Great Blue Heron coming by us. I was ready and got a few side view images that I liked showing an  angular side view. I thought it really showed the length and form of the Great Blue Egret as it flew by. This view also shows how large they really are when stretched out in flight. All images were @ 600mm, taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens. I am really liking the Tamron lens. It produces great images with fine detail and is very versatile with the wide zoom range. Especially nice when you are walking and not wanting to carry a variety of lenses to cover what you might see to photograph along the way.

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Great Blue Heron FlyBy @600mm

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Winging Further Away @ 600mm

 

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