What a fun weekend. I could get use to this being off! Yesterday Jeanne and I went for our normal Sunday photo drive and the first place we wanted to go was the 16th Street Basin.
Jeanne saw him first but even from a distance you could tell it was a lone Great Blue Heron. They are so skittish we knew we had to be stealthy. So I drove only about 5 mph on the wrong side of the road so that he wouldn’t be bothered by us. Once I got past him I got the camera set up. I shot these images with the Nikon D4 | Sigma 50 – 500 mm VR lens | ISO 400 1/1250 sec @ f8.0.
When we got turned around and drove back, as soon as I stopped the car he gave me this pose and I knew that it meant he was ready to depart the area. So I just started firing off the camera, figuring that none of the shots would be in focus but hoping I would get one out of the group that was usable. I was really pleased with this one.
I got very lucky on this series of shots and the camera and lens performed beautifully. Remember you can click on the image and see a larger version of the image.
We then went down to the river and visited our favorite little park. There wasn’t much going on there so we decided to take a look at the lock and dam. Much to our surprise there were 4 – 6 eagles flying. I never got a killer shot of one as they were more on the Wisconsin side of the dam but I did get some decent shots of eagles as a couple of them got close to my lens.
So between Saturday and Sunday I got a lot of wildlife shots. Eagles, Herons, Ducks, and yes Betty, some Geese. 🙂
If you like wildlife shots you should enjoy the posts this week. If not, well I’m sorry because for the most part that’s all I have so far. Of course, now with Daylight Savings Time in effect I have shooting opportunities every evening after work. This evening some of my friends from work asked me to fly the Phantom again so I am going to take it with me and if the weather conditions permit I’ll have some video later in the week.
I did take the Phantom with me yesterday in hopes of flying it over the Basin, but the wind was just too high and with my limited flight experience I was unwilling to risk it. Probably a smart thing. Well actually Jeanne said no. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Nice shots! I like the gestures of the egret.
I like them, I like them! 🙂