Reddish Egret Close-ups from Bolivar Flats
After five months, finally made it back to my favorite location for shore bird photography, Bolivar Flats. The high tides in the morning have kept me away but went back today to continue to test out my Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens. Very glad that I went as there was more action than anticipated, including several Reddish Egrets. Used the 1.4x III yesterday at Galveston and today at Bolivar. Didn’t even take the bag along to put the teleconverter in, which ended up being a mistake as one of the Reddish Egret’s was too close for 700mm. Had to settle on head shots several times. Ended up missing some great fishing sequences because that he was too close. Live and learn. The teleconverter worked well but the focus would hunt with busy backgrounds. Ended up using all focus points on the close up shots when he would go for the fish. I’ll post some of the action shots later. I’m going to have some fun with this lens.
Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4x III teleconverter, mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley gimbal head. These are all close to full frame shots.
1/640 sec @ F7.1, 700mm, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, AV mode
1/1250 sec @ F7.1, 700mm, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, AV mode
1/800 sec @ F7.1, 700mm, ISO 400, evaluative metering, AV mode