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Down the Hatch, Reddish Egret Style

Found this Reddish Egret chugging down a fish at Bolivar Flats.  Faster shutter speed would have been good but I’ll take it.  Ended up chopping off his feet in the original shot so I cropped the photo to this perspective.


Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II, 1.4X III teleconverter,  mounted on Skimmer ground pod/Wimberley head.

1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, + 1 exposure compensation

1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, + 1 exposure compensation

5 responses

  1. Pretty neat shots in capturing the action. Like the crops, hope to get back out there soon.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  2. It’s a little tougher to frame up with all that lens isn’t it. The only zoom feature on that big boy is your feet, and they are laying in mud and muck. Nice job catching the eye on the fish and bird in focus. That first shot makes it look like a cyclops.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  3. Thanks David. I thought that it was going to be a bust with the high tide but it turned out to be one of my best Reddish Egret shoots yet. I’ll post the good ones later.

    August 17, 2012 at 5:17 am

  4. It is challenging especially with the teleconverter. I wish that I would have left it off as I missed some great opportunities but he was too close.

    August 17, 2012 at 5:19 am

  5. Doug Haass

    I’ve found the extender does three things: makes you back up sometimes, makes it a little harder shooting birds in flight and slows auto focus somewhat. The newer one (1.4X III ) on your 500mm II probably does a little better job than my 1.4x II on my original 500mm.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

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