|Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens; Bolivar Flats near Galveston, Texas|
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600 sec. @ f8
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|Tricolored Heron, Egretta tricolor; Saint Augustine, Florida; Alligator Farm|
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, 1/160 sec. @ f7.1
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/3200 @ f5
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
|Clapper Rail, Rallus longirostris|
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 sec. @ f7.1
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Withe Pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos: Bear River Bird Sanctuary; Brigham, Utah|
The sun was moments away from slipping behind the mountains when I saw this small flotilla of preening pelicans. I got the shot as the sun was literally slipping behind the mountains. The light had already turned from gold to a rosy glow that intensified the pelicans bills and tinted their white plumage pink.
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, 1/60 sec. @ f11
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
I shot this Marbled Godwit from the north jette at the entrance to Galveston Bay. The light was just perfect and brought out every detail of the bird. This was shot about 30 minutes before sundown.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600 second @ f7.1
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
|American Avocet, Recurvirosta americana; preening|
|American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana; feeding|
Top Image: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500 second @ f8
Bottom Image: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/640 second @ f8
Saturday, November 2, 2013
|Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
The Yellowlegs has long been one of my favorite shorebirds. I first photographed one in Homer, Alaska more than three decades ago. I found a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs at the head of Beluga Lake that were very cooperative and allowed me to take frame-filling shots. It was exciting photographing the Lesser Yellowlegs on its breeding ground. They are so wary during migration here in Alabama, that it is almost impossible to get good photographs.
There are two species of yellowlegs, Lesser and Greater. In the 30 years since I photographed the Lesser Yellowlegs in Alaska, I have not had an opportunity to photography another until I found these Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs on the Bolivar Peninsula.
The Greater Yellowlegs is the,……greater, of the two yellowlegs. The Greater Yellowlegs (above) measures around 14 inches long, while the Lesser Yellowlegs (below) measures 10 ½ inches. When the two are flocked together their apparent size is obvious, but when seen individually they can be a bit hard to differentiate. Vocalization is the best way to tell the difference between the two species. The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America describes the call of the Greater Yellowlegs as a loud, slightly descending series of three or more tew notes; while the Lesser Yellowlegs is a higher, shorter note.
Check out this link to see the Lesser Yellowlegs shot in Alaska: http://www.bobbyharrison.blogspot.com/search/label/Lesser%20Yellowlegs from my March 25, 2010 post.
|Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
Top photo: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f5.6
Bottom Photo: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400 second @ f8
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|Long-billed Curlew, Numenius americanus; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/2000 @ f6.3
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Clapper Rail, Rallus longrirostris; Bolivar Peninsula, Texas|
|Clapper Rail, Rallus longrirostris; Feathers fluffed after preening|
Here are a couple of more shots of Clapper Rails from the Bolivar Peninsula. The top shot is a capture of a rail as it walked into an open space between patches of reeds. The bottom shot is the same bird from the October 26th post. It was taken as the rail fluffed its feather during a bout of preening.
Top Image: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, Exposure: 1/800 @ 7.1
Bottom Image: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, Exposure: 1/1600 @ f5.6