…morning light is magic…

Back to Bolivar

Finally made a trip back to Bolivar Flats to check out the shorebirds last weekend.  It’s been several months since I’ve shot any bird photos there so it felt great to go back.  The best time to shoot at Bolivar is at low tide when the sand bars are exposed, which hasn’t happened around sunrise for a very long time, including this trip.  Decided to go anyway to see what I could get.  Tons of people were there wade fishing and camping on the beach so conditions weren’t ideal.  They also have the area beyond the beach at the vegetation roped off with signs to keep out so no luck with trying to find the falcons.

The day had its moments. Got there about 1/2 hour before sunrise and walked the full length of the beach before trying to take my first shot. My high intelligence level quickly alerted me to the fact that my battery was still in the charger at home.  Luckily had a spare but it was in the car that was a few hundred yards away.  Since it was about 10 minutes before sunrise at that point, I walked as fast as I could which did a number on my feet in the ‘ol rubber boots. Ended up getting two large blisters on my heels and ripped the skin off, joy.  After about an hour of shooting, a group of 6 guys  walked about 20 yds right in front of me in the water and scared all of the birds away.  I just laid there and looked at them and they were oblivious.  I just love people sometimes.

Ended up having to shoot from the beach the entire time with the tide being too high.  Tried to take advantage of what I had to work with and took a combination of back and side lighting shots.  Can’t wait until it’s winter with cooperative tides and no people around.  It’s great out there when the temp’s in the 30’s.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on Skimmer ground pod



4 responses

  1. Jan Killian

    WOW! Your photos are just stunning! Really enjoy each one. If the conditions weren’t ideal today and you got these shots…..I can’t wait till I get to see your winter shots! Thanks so much for posting these…you inspire me!

    September 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

  2. Doug Haass

    Been there done that even better…left all of my batteries in the closet where the last one was on the charger, laying next to the other 3. Starting putting all my gear together at the truck onsite; lens on tripod, converter on lens, camera on converter, card in slot, battery…duh. Took everything apart in reverse order and drove home.

    September 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

  3. Like Jan, I can’t wait for the winter pics. Have always liked the early shots rendering such great light. I have been watching the tides most every week hoping for a turn. Sorry Doug, you got me giggling.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  4. Doug Haass

    It really happened that way. The really bad part; I was chatting with the park ranger when I realized it was all for nothing. Made me sick. I talked to myself the whole way home saying “that will never happen again”.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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