Saturday, December 29, 2007
For the afternoon, I shot at the Viera Wetlands and immediately after arrival lucked into a Bald Eagle in great evening light. I ended the day shooting artistic silhouettes of Glossy Ibis flying against a red sky.
What a day!
Snail Kite carrying Apple Snail (Lake Kissimmee):
Bald Eagle in flight (Lake Kisssimmee):
Belted Kingfisher at Lake Kissimmee (my first decent shot after trying for 15 years!):
Bald Eagle in evening light (Viera Wetlands):
Glossy Ibis in flight after sunset (Viera Wetlands):
Friday, December 28, 2007
All shot with EOS 1d2N; 500/4IS with 1.4 or 2x TC. Small crops on a couple of these to improve framing.
Hooded Merganser male:
Florida Scrub Jay:
Osprey with fish. The midday light was harsh when I shot this, so I used the drop in Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. Doubt I would have shot this without the polarizer.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
All with EOS 1D2n; 500/4IS; 1.4x or 2x TC.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
All with EOS 1D2n; 500/4 IS (some with 1.4x convertor); 580EXII (fill flash).
That's me in central Florida pinewood forest yesterday, shooting Pine Warblers:
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here are a few shots from the past couple days. I have so many more to post... next time I find a good internet connection.
Wood Stork (at Loxahatchee NWR):
Turkey Vulture (at TM Goodwin marsh):
Tricolor Heron reflection (at Loxahatchee NWR):
Pine Warbler (at Three Lakes WMU):
Carolina Wren (at Three Lakes WMU):
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I've been having lots of fun here in Key West - a mix of photography, suntanning with my Ipod cranked and eating tons of seafood. I certainly wouldn't consider Key West a great destination for nature photography (underwater excluded). There are a few tame waterbird opportunities and the requisite palm trees on the beach, but otherwise it's over-developed. Not to mention all the crazy hippies, who gravitate towards big lenses and don't stop talking. The culture is interesting down here, to say the least.
Tomorrow we head north and I'm looking forward to some very good bird photo spots.
Here are a few I shot yesterday and today.
1) Palm trees: EOS 1DmIIn; 17-40mm; Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer LB
2-3) Black Skimmers in flight: EOS 1DmIIn; 500f4IS
4-5) Double-crested Cormorant stretching wings: EOS 1DmIIn; 500f4IS with Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer LB (retrofitted to Canon drop in polarizer).
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Hello everyone - it's been a long time since my last post. Sorry! I've been consumed with moving (to the Midland, Ontario area) and getting my life and office back in order.
I escaped the snow today and flew to Florida to join my folks for a holiday trip. We're in Key West for a few days then off to central Florida, a hub for many great bird photo locations.
Driving to Key West this afternoon we stopped to look for Key Deer, a small endangered deer endemic to the southern Florida Keys. Our timing was perfect, the deer were active at sunset feeding along the roadsides. I only had about a half hour of shooting, but was pleased to get these - my first photos of the species.
EOS 1DmIIN (loaner from Canon); 500/4IS
Prepared on a brand-new, uncalibrated laptop. Let me know if they look ok.
Keep your eyes out for many more posts over the holidays!