An Afternoon With Captain James

After a midday break to grab lunch, download cards and recharge our batteries (our batteries, not the cameras), we were back on Capt James boat headed back out to photograph the Sponbills for the afternoon. The winds had changed and were blowing from the east making for a challenging situation as the birds were landing with the sun to their backs so, we worked them as they banked to come in for a landing. I love the way you can see the tops of their colorful wings from this perspective…

The strong sidelight of late afternoon made for a more dramatic lighting. When this Spoonbill landed close by, I dialed in minus compensation to darken the background, eliminating the contrasty mangroves making the Spoonbill pop against the dark background…

Appearing unconcerned with our presence, the Spoonbill worked it’s way along the shore into the light where it paused for a bit providing us with a closeup view…

A trio of Oystercatchers were in the area working the shoreline as well and soon got used to our presence and came within photographable range. I am always on the lookout for behavior and preening is always an excellent behavior to photograph as it puts the birds in interesting poses…

When you’re in the field doing what you love to do, time flies by and before we knew it, the sun was setting. Before packing it in for the day we took the opportunity to capture some interesting silhouettes of pelicans against the orange sky…

An night approached we were back at the boat launch with our hearts and our compact flash cards filled with wonderful memories of an incredible day.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II, TC-20E III on Lexar digital media