…morning light is magic…

Whooping Cranes

Made my first trip to the Rockport, TX area to see the Whooping Cranes a few weeks ago.  It’s been on my bucket list forever since I’ve lived in Texas but never made it there until now.  Thanks Scott for the invitation.

We took a boat tour with Kevin Sims and he got us very close to the cranes at the Aransas NWR.  He has a small flat-bottomed boat that he beaches on the shore to help keep it stable to shoot from with a tripod.  With the upper and lower decks, there are plenty of different perspectives to get.

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We went out for two mornings in a row but it was cloudy most of the time.  I’ll definitely be going back again next year.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500MM F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley gimbal head

1/2500 sec @ F11, ISO 800, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation

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1/1250 sec @ F10, ISO 400, evaluative metering

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6 responses

  1. Fantastic shots!

    March 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    • Thanks Belinda. Appreciate the comment.

      March 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

  2. Fantastic shots – looks like I need to revisit my bucket list . . .

    March 8, 2017 at 7:50 am

    • Thanks Connie. It’s well worth the trip, especially shooting from the boat, which is the only way to get real close to them.

      March 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

  3. Beautiful captures, I love the close-up! Hubby & I were supposed to be camping on Mustang Island this winter from January to April, but a life curve-ball cancelled out our trip. My main bird to photograph was the Whooping Crane, thanks for sharing!

    March 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

    • Thanks Donna. Sorry to hear that you couldn’t make the trip. They are very cool birds to see being 5 ft tall with a 7 ft wingspan. Hopefully you can go back sometime.

      March 8, 2017 at 10:47 am

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