Archive for Capturing Birds in Flight

Awkwardly Beautiful – the Wood Stork

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Awkwardly Beautiful – the Wood Stork.
 
A bird that interests me when I see it would be the Wood Stork. When seen in flight it is graceful. Walking through an open meadow or along the shore of a pond still graceful. When seen standing still focusing on the details…awkward. The graceful movement of the bird seems out of place with the face, but once again, nature evolves for its survival and surroundings. The Wood Stork is the only stork to breed in the US, which occurs in the winter. It times its breeding with dryer seasons when the fish are concentrated in smaller pools making it easier to fish. They are great birds to hone your skills when photographing birds in flight.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400 (still), 720 (flight), shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

Black-bellied Whistling Duck.
 
I have to admit, I had never seen a Black-bellied Whistling Duck (BBWD) until my last trip to Florida. We had heard of a water treatment plant in Titusville that had hundreds of them there. It turned out, it was just down the road from our hotel. After the Friday morning session, we decided to stop by the Blue Heron water treatment facility. I heard the ducks long before spotting them. They were sitting on one of the areas between ponds and were flying in and out often. We decided it was a great opportunity to practice our birds in flight as well as getting some good still images of the ducks. Seeing their feet, I thought about how similar they were to Wood Ducks and it didn’t surprise me that they nest in cavities in trees or even boxes on poles. I really enjoyed watching and photographing these ducks for about an hour. It is obvious why they earned their names of “whistling” ducks.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600 (flight) 800 (stationary), shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second (flight) 1/500th (stationary), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight.
 
Today is the start of the Space Coast Birding Festival in Titusville, FL. I spent the day yesterday scouting the locations I will be leading my groups in field workshops. One location is the Orlando Wetlands City Park. I was a little worried when I saw that it was a 1600 acre water treatment plant. This isn’t like the water treatment plants anywhere I have seen though. This place is really beautiful and abundant with wildlife. Lots of birds and alligators to be seen. One such bird was a Red-shouldered Hawk that was flying around looking for its next meal. I happened to catch something flying towards me and when I saw it was the Hawk, I quickly reacted by bringing the camera to my eye, and I panned with the bird as it flew by and up to a nearby tree. This image is full frame with no cropping. Having your camera ready to capture an image is critical when photographing birds, especially in flight. Wow, that lens is sharp! One note on the bird, most Florida Red-shouldered Hawks I have seen in the past are much paler in color, this one is very deep and rich in color, much like the ones I see back home in Georgia. I am looking forward to a great week of birding and photography!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Trumpeter Swans taking flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2018 by lilybug1960

Trumpeter Swans taking flight.
 
As we drove out of Jackson Monday headed back to Moose, we saw a large gathering of Swans along the road. Fortunately they were where a pullout was located and we were able to stop and photograph them. As we photographed a few pairs and singles, we heard a ruckus coming from down river. I looked up and saw 2 Swans taking flight. Still low to the water, they flew by. I raised my camera and lens, zooming out as I panned with them, and was able to get probably 10 frames as they flew by me. Several were sharp, but this one had good separation between them and was my favorite image of the encounter.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, @420mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Sandhill Crane Impressions

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Sandhill Crane Impressions
 
It did my mind good today to challenge it with creating images vs. capturing simple birds in flight. Sometimes exercising one part of the brain takes the hurt from another part, and the heart as well. I worked with my group tonight photographing the Sandhill Cranes as they flew in during and after sunset. I talked them into slowing down their shutter speeds and panning with the cranes. After a few attempts they were totally into it! It is good to see smiles on faces when they attempt something new and completely out of their comfort zone.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Aperture Priority, f6.3, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 1600, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA