The nesting activity has started early this year at High Island’s rookery. It’ my favorite time when breeding plumage is on display along with the Great Egrets busy mating and building nests. The rookery is filling up quickly with it being difficult to get isolated bird shots.
My keeper rate has gone up this year with my 500mm lens and using manual exposure more. However, 500mm with a crop sensor camera is almost too close in some cases as I’ve clipped lots of wings on action shots.
Caught this Great Egret with wings spread flying back to the nest with a stick. Unfortunately, the mosquitos have almost the same wing span. They are very nasty this year, at least around sunrise, so be prepared.
More to come…
Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on a tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head
1/800 sec @ F8, ISO 400, manual exposure at 500mm
Made another road trip yesterday to the High Island rookery. Just can’t get enough except for the mosquitos. They are very intense before the sun comes up. Hosed myself down 5 times with bug spray and still got several bites. Not for the faint of heart but worth the reward of seeing the morning light shine through the breeding plumage.
Tried shooting from the upper level on the last platform this time and liked it better than the lower platform. On the upper platform you can get the distant trees in the background which allows for a dark background with the white birds. Had better luck this day with some mating dance action. This Great Egret spent about an hour strutting her stuff but didn’t have any takers except for a few photographers. She flew away rejected and dissatisfied. I left with a smile on my face and craving a cigarette for some odd reason…
Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on tripod with Sidekick gimbal mount.
1/640 sec @ F5.6, – 1/3 exposure compensation, ISO 400
1/1000 sec @ F5.6, spot metering, – 1/3 exposure compensation, ISO 400
I’m a big fan of foggy weather. I love it when the sun comes poking though the fog early in the morning. That was not to be on this outing to High Island rookery in late March. Lots of fog with lots of clouds. Tried to make the best of it with some Great Egret shots. Another nice to have at High Island is a little wind so that the breeding plumage feathers get some movement and definition. It also gives them a “beatnik” look, IMO. Although, I may just be having a flashback from the 60’s…
All taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on tripod, no flash.
1/320 sec @ F5,6, ISO 250, spot metering, +1 exp compensation
1/400 sec @ F5,6, ISO 400, spot metering, +1 exp compensation
1/320 sec @ F5,6, ISO 320, spot metering, +1 exp compensation
1/400 sec @ F5,6, ISO 320, spot metering, +1 exp compensation
1/500 sec @ F5,6, ISO 320, spot metering, +1 exp compensation
1/640 sec @ F5,6, ISO 320, spot metering, +1 exp compensation