…morning light is magic…

Marbled Godwit

This Marbled Godwit had just stuck his beak into the sand and started walking away when I got this shot.  He was spitting out the sand and it formed small droplets off of his beak.  Close to a full frame shot taken while laying down with my ground pod on a sand bar.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II, 1.4x III teleconverter, skimmer ground pod, Wimberley II gimbal head

1/800 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

4 responses

  1. Doug Haass

    Up to your usual great stuff. Great light, nice background, good control of DOF and action stopping shutter speed to capture a moment in time.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • Thanks Doug. I’ve had good luck lately with these birds at Bolivar. Lots more to come.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  2. That is one heck of a long beak. Amazing how they can feel around in the sand. Like the your capture with the sand droplets along with the water drop on the claw. How’s the population of birds out there?

    October 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • Thanks David. There are lots of small shorebirds along with some Godwits, gulls, pelicans, a few reddish egrets and the occasional white morph reddish egret. Haven’t seen any Avocets or Falcons. It’s not prime time yet but it will be soon.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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