While taking photos of some Willets, this Clapper Rail came out from the weeds and surprised us. He then walked straight towards us and turned left right while coming very close to where we were lying, which resulted in only minor cropping on the last two shots. Helped to prove the point that birds don’t recognize you as a person while lying down with a ground pod.
These Rails usually stay close to the weeds for cover so it was very cool to see this one out in the open.
Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head
Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation
Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation
Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation
Out in the open walking towards you – that’s what gets the heart going. Beautiful.
January 27, 2016 at 6:58 am
As always so very nicely captured. Thanks for sharing. I guess I need to pull the trigger on that pod and gimbal and take a trek with you Tim. Again beautiful images.
January 27, 2016 at 8:55 am
Thanks Lyle. He was only out for about 1 minute but it was lots of fun. A very pleasant surprise.
January 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm
Thanks David. I’ve got a spare ground pod and a Wimberley sidekick gimbal head that you can use. Will need some waders this time of year. Let me know if you want to make the trip sometime.
January 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm
That’s a nice catch!
February 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm
March 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm