This Marbled Godwit walked very close to us at Bolivar Flats on the same day as we found the white morph reddish egret. He kept probing the sand for food.
I like this shot as he is facing in my direction, the position of his feet, got some interesting lighting on his bill and the raised tail feathers, which isn’t typical from my experience.
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.
1/640 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation
1/800 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation
This Marbled Godwit had just stuck his beak into the sand and started walking away when I got this shot. He was spitting out the sand and it formed small droplets off of his beak. Close to a full frame shot taken while laying down with my ground pod on a sand bar.
Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II, 1.4x III teleconverter, skimmer ground pod, Wimberley II gimbal head
1/800 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation
Blurred Wing Lift Off
Caught this Marbled Godwit talking off while laying down with my ground pod. He was a couple of feet off of the ground at this point. Was using aperture priority but the shutter speed was low enough to blur the wings. Glad to see that his head was relatively sharper than his wings which is always the challenge with these type of shots.
Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on Skimmer ground pod.
1/320 sec @ F7.1, ISO 200, spot metering + 2/3 exposure compensation, no flash