Tomorrow morning at 5 am my wife and I head back north to the Lake Superior region. Here are a few final Florida bird photographs which I took during the two trips south which I liked, but never posted.
Muskovy Duck: Ptoooey
Sunrise Great Egret
Double Crested Cormorant
Sunset Sandhill Cranes
Molly and I head back to Duluth early tomorrow morning, and thus will end the two unexpected extended trips to Florida this Winter. From Florida’s days of clear skies and 80F we will return to a stormy Spring where snow is still on the ground.
Given all of that, the birds decided to “fluff up” for my last morning walk. Thus, here are my last few photos from down south:
Florida Fluff Birds: Great Egret & Red-Shouldered Hawk
Meet Mr. Squirrel
Damp Day at the Photoshoot!
I left shortly before dawn on my bicycle for today’s planned birding photoshoot. I had noticed while bike riding yesterday afternoon what appeared to be real good belted kingfisher territory. A pond had some small dead trees in the water which appeared to provide the perfect ambush spots for a hungry kingfisher.
- Good news: A kingfisher agreed with me.
- Bad news: Unexpected rain got me, the kingfisher and a hawk rather wet.
I suspect the kingfisher did not mind the extra water, but the hawk and I were not thrilled. You will be able see the individual drops of water on the railing in the red-shouldered hawk photo! I had hoped the belted kingfisher would move closer and use some trees near me, but at least he did not hang out on the far side of the pond. Oh well, the the life of a photographer!
Although the day started with rain (see earlier post), it ended with a beautiful mostly clear evening. Given Molly and I will head back north where there is still snow on the ground early Friday morning, I took a walk that started just before sundown. After enjoying a beautiful sunset which included some photographs of a red-shouldered hawk on the hunt, I continued my walk into the twilight. It was peaceful, calm and quiet.
As I neared my Dad’s home I saw a great egret intent on an evening fish. As you know, birds do not tend to stand still for having their picture taken. However, given the sky was gorgeous and reflecting into the pond, I wondered …
Thus, I set my camera for an exposure of 1/500th of a second and used the highest manual ISO possible on my camera (3200). Thankfully the egret was so engrossed in its fishing, I was able to take a series of about 15 photographs. I would just position myself in front of the bird, and wait for it to walk to my desired scene. With each picture I played around a bit more with my settings. I hope you like my final photo!