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Avocet with Breeding Plumage

My day job and non-cooperative weather has kept me away from photography lately so it’s time to dig into the archives.  Found this Avocet that was coming into his breeding plumage at Bryan Beach, TX last summer.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II head

1/500 sec @ F4, ISO 500, evaluative metering

 

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Skimmers in Action

Here are a few more action shots of Skimmers trying to catch fish.  Easier said than done sometimes.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

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Avocet Dipped in Chocolate?

It looks a little like chocolate on his foot but I’m sure that it doesn’t taste like it.  Just a little stuck in the mud but a nice pose none the less.

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

1/640 sec @ F11, ISO 400, -2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Down the Hatch

It can be a challenge to get close to Black Crowned Night Herons.  Got a bonus on this trip to Bryan Beach, TX with seeing three BCNH’s at eye level with this one eating breakfast.  Unlike my previous post with the Tern that couldn’t swallow the fish, this BCNH had no problem swallowing it whole.  I was able to get fairly close using my ground pod as he was too preoccupied with feeding.  Apparently he was really hungry as he kept fishing after chugging this one.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 500mm

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The Hunt

It’s always interesting to watch Black Skimmers flying with their beaks skimming in the water.  What’s more fun is to try to capture the action when they try to catch a fish.  They will be flying along and all of a sudden their head will snap down when they feel a fish hit their beak.  Grabbing the fish can be another story.  Good times.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 500mm

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The Splash

This Skimmer was hunting for its prey and ended up splashing water up over his head which was an added bonus on this shot.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II head

1/400 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, no flash, 500mm

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Skimmer Close-up’s

Here are a few close-up Skimmer shots.  Close cropped these photos as the backgrounds were filled with distracting elements.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head.

1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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1/400 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 500mm

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1/500 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 500mm

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