Off at Zero Dark Thirty Hours this morning for a full day of benefit meetings. Two long days but it’s good to see all the folks at our different banks. I have some more images from my Green Island session.
I found this guy crossing the road on my way into the preserve. I stopped the car and approached him on foot. He withdrew into his shell so I had to wait for him to come of his shell for this image. 🙂
Just a reminder you can click on any image and reveal a larger more detailed version of the image.
I saw some movement behind the over growth on one of the canals. I followed it for awhile and then this little Mallard Duck emerged. He was having a little turf battle with a Red-Winged Black Bird. I love photographing Mallards.
This is not the image I wanted to capture. The auto focus system caught the branch that was closest to the camera, which left the Egret a little softer than I like. When I was photographing this magnificent creature I didn’t realize the AF was on the branch and not the bird so I just kept shooting. Still it’s a nice shot so I present it today for your enjoyment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. I decided yesterday morning that I would go to the Green Island Wildlife Preserve and see what I could find. I was disappointed to learn that the main area of the preserve was closed because of duck and goose hunting season. So even though I only wanted to hunt with a camera I could not enter.
So I traveled some of the side roads that were still open. Pickings were pretty slim but I wanted to try out the Nikon D500 with a 600 mm lens. I have not tried it with a long lens and I was very happy with the results. The Nikon D500 is a DX (cropped) sensor, which gives a 1.5 times magnification to any lens. So instead of shooting a 600 mm lens what I was actually shooting was a 900 mm lens. I was thrilled with the results.
I also took the Nikon D4 with me and the difference in that 300 mm of additional length was dramatic. None of the images I am showing today have been cropped. You can click on them to make them larger to reveal more detail.
By far the most prevalent wildlife I saw yesterday were Coots. They were everywhere so getting the right shot wasn’t really a problem.
I was actually on my way out of GI when I noticed some movement in the brush along the left side of the road. I stopped and backed up until I saw this Blue Heron. He was fishing in the canal that runs the length of the road. Trying to get a shot of him in all that brush proved to be a real challenge. I have several images of blurry blobs to testify to that.
So what I did was change my focus setting to single point and focused only on the eye. He wasn’t moving so after several tries this is what I came away with. I’m happy with it.
The ubiquitous turtle. It was a nice sunny day and the temperatures were mild for November so I found this guy sitting on a downed tree trunk. I had taken the long lens off the D500 and put it back on the D4 but I was so close to the turtle it didn’t make any difference.
That’s it for today.
It’s election day in US and finally the end of a very long, weird, and divisive election. I pray for our country no matter who wins. Jeanne and I voted a couple of weeks ago. I hope you will exercise your responsibility and vote as well.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.