Springtime in Florida is wonderful! Bird photography is at its best this time of the year. Rookeries all over the state have lots of Mother birds nesting and the eggs are hatching daily! I was lucky enough to see the first bunch of baby egrets close to the walkway at Gatorland. It was tough grabbing this shot…shooting through branches and leaning over the railing….hoping not to fall into a lake of alligators! I’ll call these guys Larry, More and Curly! I love the hairdos! I had no idea that baby Egrets were punkers! LOL
I shot many birds this day…but still need more skills on bird photography. I’ll be back next year and may rent a 400mm lens? Borrow Lenses is a great place to rent gear! This was hand held..also a tripod would be helpful!! I used my 70-200mm lens…it was ok..but I really want those up close shots a 400mm lens can offer!
I took a little time off yesterday and visited Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin yesterday with my good buddy Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits). We figured as it was spring, why not try and capture some flowers in macro. Unbeknownst to us…it was windy… although a beautiful day! We snapped a bunch of flower shots and walked around the park. As we walked down this one path, Jim saw the cardinal. He was only 5-8 feet away. He flew into the bush and I quickly changed lenses form the 105 Macro to the 70-200 VR. I took a few step in and snapped away! As I was taking pic the grounds keepers told me to get out as there due to possible poison ivy. Oh well..if I get it well worth it! I have always wanted to give “birding” a try…but its another type of photography that really needs a 200-400 lens….a bit out of my budget! Not bad for a quickie shot! The flowers and birds are out in TX…spring has arrived here! Hope you got a few shots Jim!
Here is a post I call Fractalius Fun! I have posted a few photos before using this plug in…this is one of my favorites. The plug in is produced by Redfield. I posted the Las Vegas sign, a flower and a ballon using this plug in. Flowers and Animals seem to be the best subjects. But with photography feel free to experiment and you may find something new and exciting! I took the bird photo and blacked out the background. Then applied the plug in. Black background using Fractalius gives the effect some strength. One of my goals is to someday shoot an eagle…I would imagine this majesctic animal would be perfect for a Fractalius effect! Enjoy!
This is the second Great Egret shot from Gatorland. I assume this guy is taking a “dont mess with me” stance. He ruffled all his feathers up. It is neat to see these birds act like normal and to see them interact with each other. In Gatorland (see my post for more details below), this bird rookery had tons of Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets and Tri-Colored Herons. I would estimate 500-1000. So it was a quiet-noisy section of the park. Really amazing to witness. I have one more gator shot to post tomorrow and that will be it from Gatorland. If you are in Orlando…I say check it out! I will go again later this year!
This is another picture from Gatorland (see my post below). I am getting to go through my pictures and found some cool shots. Here is a mother Great Egret taking care of her eggs and nest. It was amazing how close you can get to these magificient birds at Gatorland. They feel safe when people were around as they are left alone…even if they are arms reach away. Great stuff! Once I get a bigger lens…I am all for “birding” again. The 18-200 VR was solid…but I wish I could get closer shots! Most birding photographers will use a 70-200/200-400/600mm lens. Wow! I would love to have that Nikon 200-400mm or the Nikon 600mm! We can all have a dream! I’ll post one more bird shot tomorrow. Enjoy relaxing at your nest!