Laughing Gull

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Laughing Gull

The birding opportunities were less numerous than I had expected them to be last week, but there were a few great chances. The Bald Eagles were fairly plentiful, shore birds were okay, and when the shrimpers came in from the Gulf, the Laughing Gulls were great. I tried hand holding for a while but found myself not focusing on the area where the light was the best. I set up the gimbal head and concentrated on one smaller area and had lots of success. Photographing birds in flight is very difficult and your chances for success can be increased greatly if you narrow your field of view to one area of concentration. I am doing a few lectures and field workshops in the next couple of months at Festival of the Cranes in New Mexico (November) and the Space Coast Birding Festival (January). If this is a subject of interest, these two events are a great chance to learn and in great places at that!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Aperture Priority, f8, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/3200 of a second, Sirui R4214X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

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