Vierra Wetlands

You sick of birds yet?

I hope not...I got tons more ;)

Today's image is of a Snowy Egret.  I photographed this guy at Viera Wetlands while down in Florida.  This guy was so much fun to watch.  He would run across the water and dive his head under water.  Apparently he was catching fish.  I wasn't able to see these fish he was catching while I was shooting.  This guy was so fast at catching the fish, throwing it to the back of his mouth and swallowing it that it was tough to see in real time.

Luckily, I was able to capture a frame or two with a tiny fish in his beak.

ISO 400, 420mm, F/6.3 @ 1/2500th second

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Thanks to the 12 frames per second mode on the Sony A77 II, I was able to get these frames that I couldn't really see in person.

Also, since this was a white bird and it was in direct sunlight I had to dial down some exposure compensation in order to keep from blowing out the whites.  I shot this at -1 EV.  

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and the Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  All mounted on my Sirui P-324S Monopod with L-20S Monopod Head.

Space Coast Birding Festival

I just returned home from Titusville, FL.  I was there visiting the Space Coast Birding Festival.  My teaching partner, David Akoubian, was teaching classes and workshops there so I tagged along for the chance to capture some birds with the camera.

Boy did we have several opportunities to do so!  All kinds of birds were in abundance...wading birds, birds of prey, shorebirds and we even took offshore boat trips to see some various gulls that can't be seen from land.

We had several opportunities to shoot on our own while we were there.  A few people had suggested we try this place known as Bio Lab Road.  I guess we went at the wrong time because we really didn't see much when we went down this road.  However an osprey did bring a fish to this dead snag in front of us and chowed down for a bit.

We spent several minutes photographing this osprey while he feasted.  He certainly didn't mind eating in front of us at all.

This is a pretty gnarly photo, but it shows the food chain at it's finest. 

 

ISO 640, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/1600th

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This image was made using my Sony A77II, Tamron 150-600mm Lens and Sirui P-324S Monopod.