…morning light is magic…

Drinking Roadrunner

The roadrunners were the highlight of my last trip to Santa Clara Ranch in south Texas in June.  On the last day, they were very cooperative and came to the pond to drink.  Up close, they are very beautiful birds.

On the last photo, you can see the reflection of the pond in the water drop.  They scoup up the water in their bill and tilt their head back to drink.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head in a photo blind

Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, 500mm

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8 responses

  1. Wonderful photography

    September 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    • Thanks Victor. They were much more photogenic than I expected.

      September 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  2. Terrific shots.

    September 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    • Thanks Belinda. It was lots of fun to get photos of these birds. I’m now hooked and can’t wait to go back.

      September 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  3. Gorgeous close-up action, wonderful detail!

    September 17, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    • Thanks Donna. Shooting from photo blinds allow for some cool photo op’s. Hoping to go back again in Nov.

      September 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

  4. The clarity is spot on. Good work.

    October 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    • Thanks David. I’d highly recommend a trip down south. Some very cool close-up photo op’s at the blinds.

      October 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm

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