Archives for March 2011

Fort DeSoto PM

The afternoon was equally as wonderful as the morning at Fort DeSoto. We began with beautiful light and then found some subjects to aim our lenses at starting with a Great Egret fishing in the lagoon…

And then I heard a sound which could only mean one thing… Oystercatchers calling to each other. I looked up and in they came…

They flew past us several times giving us the opportunity to try to nail them as they went by. It was a challenge but, I was happy to get a couple of sharp images. Boy do those guys fly fast…

They then landed and began digging in the surf for little tidbits of meat they would get from breaking open the oysters…

All the while we were photographing the Oystercatchers a gull stood nearby watching us as if to say “Hey, what about me!” so, I turned my lens on it for a few quick shots. When I was editing my images, I decided it would be a cool B&W with the colorful eye and bill painted back in…

Before we knew it the sun dropped lower in the sky, casting the world in a soft, warm glow…

And then turned into a large fireball just before it dropped into the sea…

Tomorrow is another day. Stay tuned.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 24-70mm 2.8, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, all three teleconverters (TC-14E II, TC-17E II & TC-20E III) at one time or another on Lexar digital media

Dancing Bird Of Fort DeSoto

We arrived at Fort DeSoto this morning at sunrise and what a beautiful sunrise it was…

The forecast called for overcast and rain and shortly after the sunrise, the sky began to cloud over diffusing the light. We found a group of pelicans fishing offshore and headed in their direction when one landed close by on a piling. I stepped farther up the beach to get some elevation so I was at eye level and eliminated the horizon cutting through the middle of it’s body…

A short time later, we encountered a Tri-colored Heron fishing in the shallows. The trees reflecting in the water made a beautiful reflection. I like the gesture of it’s raised foot…

While we were working the Tri-colored, a Reddish Egret flew across the marsh to the far side of the lagoon and began fishing in earnest. We grabbed our cameras and headed in that direction hoping all the way that he would stick. Luck was with us as he kept working the shallows for a good hour providing us with numerous photo opportunities as well as entertainment…

The rain came while we were photographing the Reddish Egret but, we didn’t let that stop us, the flat light provided us with an extended morning rather than calling it quits when the light got hard. When the Reddish Egret finally flew off, we decided it was time for breakfast and packed it in as well.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 24-70mm 2.8, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-17E II on Lexar digital media