…morning light is magic…

Avocet Crossing

Why do Avocets cross the road?  Probably because some idiot is trying to take their picture.  Another trip to Bolivar Flats at low tide found this group of American Avocets in what I’d call a tide pool area near the shore.  I waded out into the water to take some flight shots and then made my approach to them from the water side.  Thought that a covert water landing would be better than to possibly spook them from going back on shore first.  Ended up on my knees trying to carry the camera/ground pod as I got closer to shore and then belly crawled up on the sand bar.  That would have made an interesting photo op in itself.  Got totally wet but it was worth it as they didn’t spook but just walked past me on their way to the water.  It’s the thing that I love about laying down with the ground pod – the birds don’t see you until they get very close.  I liked the golden light and the look of their thin legs all grouped together in this shot.

Taken with Canon 40D and 100-400 lens

F5.6 @ 1/500 sec., ISO 250, spot metering on ground pod

4 responses

  1. I am happy to see you blogging. Everything looks good with a nice feel to the sight. I will be checking in on a regular basis. Hope to see out in the early light. I like the marching troops.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:24 am

  2. Thanks David. I take enough photos that I should be able to post some every week. I can’t wait to go out and shoot again.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

  3. Dan Pancamo

    Congrats on the new blog. Love the look, better than blogger. I may give word press a try…

    Following you via google reader/flipboard

    Keep up the great work.


    January 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

  4. Thanks Dan. You’ve got some great shots on your site. I’ll set up a link to it from here.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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