Nikon D4 Strolls Along The Anhinga Trail

After a deluge that dropped over 4 inches of rain we awoke to a beautiful morning.  We pulled into the Anhinga Trail parking lot at sunrise…the first to arrive.  I quickly set up my D4 with the 200-400mm and 2X teleconverter and headed down the path as early morning light bathed the fresh new day in a clean, clear warmth.  Near the end of the paved trail on the left I discovered three fledgling Green Herons.  They were quite oblivious to us as they worked the water’s edge catching a bug or two…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

I spent the better part of an hour with the youngsters photographing them in various poses and perches…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

and capturing interaction between siblings…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/20

 

I moved to the backlit side highlighting it’s downy feathers on it’s head and added a bit of fill flash to bring out detail in the bird…

 

Nikon D4, Af-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/250

 

Of course I had to make some images of the bird the trail was named for…the Anhinga!  And they were more than cooperative perched right on the fence along the path posing for a photo or two…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/500

 

The male still has some of his breeding plumage with the blue eye ring a telltale sign for one…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

I continue to be amazed at the image quality of the 200-400mm with the TC-20E III.  The D4 rocks when I have to increase the ISO to keep a fast enough shutter speed to prevent motion blur.  It certainly was a productive morning.  While the weather was holding, we headed back to town for breakfast and then to Key Biscayne and Cape Florida Lighthouse.  Stay tuned.