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Wood Storks in the Rain

I’m usually not out taking photos when it rains but may have to start doing it more often.  Was taking wood stork photos at Brazoria NWR when I got a text alert from one of my weather apps that it was going to rain.  Looked to my right and saw the rain coming.  Reached for my lens raincoat and it started pouring.  Through the raincoat on the seat and stuck my 500mm out the window to start shooting the storks in the rain.

Wasn’t sure what shutter speed would be optimal to emphasize the rain so pretty much tried them all from 1/60 to 1/1250 sec.  Having a clean background would have helped to see the rain but didn’t have that luxury. 

The gully washer lasted about 8 minutes.  Hoped that they would flap their wings to dry them off when it stopped but they just stood there.  Turned around to drive away and found a much better target standing in the road…

1/250 sec @ F8, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm, hand held out my car window

Wood Storks from Brazoria NWR

The Wood Storks were out in force on this trip to Brazoria NWR.  There were about 15 of them hanging out when I got there and another 10 showed up later.  Some stayed in the back of the pond and others would walk around feeding and got very close.  It was fun to watch and shoot.  Got some full frame shots at 700mm with my 1.4x that I’ll post later.  I’ve seen Wood Storks at a distance before but never this close up.  Was a very good time.  Went back again for the next two weekends and never saw them in numbers like this or as close up.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4x III teleconverter out the car window.

1/2500 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, spot metering

1/2000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 400, spot metering

1/2500 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, spot metering

Nature’s Halloween Mask

Mother nature was a little cruel to Wood Storks.  Their face would make a great Halloween mask.  Their feet are a little gnarly as well.  This photo was taken about a month ago from Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.  Got some full frame shots as well.  More to come…

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4S III teleconverter, handheld out the car window

1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 250, spot metering, 700mm