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And there was the day we found not one but TWO Reddish Egrets! It doesn’t get much better than that!
We headed to Texas City Dike on a (free) Monday for the first trip out with my new Nikon 300 f/4 PF. I had used Bill Maroldo's lens a few times, but this was with my own. And with my 1.4x teleconverter. Since we were concentrating on birds-in-flight (BIF) I was using the dynamic 9-spot focus mode.
Parked on the shoulder of the cutoff road under the Intracoastal Canal bridge, Bill Maroldo was working on a Great Blue Heron on his side and I had a nice Little Blue Heron perched on a post on mine. We had some sea fog so the light was nice and there were no crabbers to disturb the birds. Bill suggested I might like to use his 1.7x teleconverter instead of my 1.4x on my long lens.
You can already see where this is going, I bet.
Going to the Texas City Dike almost always guarantees some great bird photos. This time of year the gulls and terns are sporting full breeding colors, and are very busy courting and mating.
Monday's forecast for was heavy cloud cover all day and we headed east. Early. Dang, y'all drive in that traffic every day? We made it out to High Island a little after 9 am and after complaining again about the No Equipment Cart Rule to the nice (but sympathetic) Audubon lady we made our way up to the last platform.
It is hard for a photographer to chose their favorite bird, but Crested Caracaras are special to me. They are not all that common so you get excited when you see one. The high-contrast dark and light plumage is a challenge and since they are scavengers as well as hunters, their behavior is unpredictable.
Getting a sharp, clear image of a bird in flight (or BIF) is a goal of most avian photographers. Some people seem to have a knack for finding and following birds in a blank sky while the rest of us struggle.
There are so many simple things you can do in post-processing to improve your bird photography. Oh, if you are a purist and just do SOOC images, fine, catch you next time.
This is for those other folks who like to tweak their images a bit.
Dec 1, 2017 ~ Often when you start noticing something it suddenly appears everywhere. Kind of like when you learn the definition of the word ubiquitous and then it is... everywhere! Recently I become obsessed with circles, curves and arches.