Orlando, Florida – Egret (Infrared)


From Orlando, Florida’s Gatorland here is an Egret from the Rookery. Now is the season to visit and see these beautiful birds as they nest and lay eggs. But watch out for the gators below!

Orlando, Florida – Egret

I just returned from Orlando and had a late afternoon free and decided to see how the birding shots would be at my favorite place in Orlando…Gatorland!    It is nearly mating season and the Egrets are gathering.  Already this day I saw one mother with eggs!  Wonderful!  You can get so close to the birds.  If you want to try your hand at birding photos…this is the place to go from Feb-April!   I do not have super skills in birding…but I try my best!   I shot the above pic hand held.  I can imagine a monopd or a tripod might be better.   I hope to be back here in April with more gear in tow!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 + Nikon TC-14EII (1.4x Teleconverter)
  • Setting: Manual Mode
  • Focal Length: 200.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/320 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Hand held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photo Tools 2.6

Orlando, FL – Tricolored Heron

Here is Tricolored Heron from the Gatorland Rookery in Orlando, FL.   I hope to back in the spring to catch more birding shots.  I need lots more experience shooting birds, I’d consider my skill level…a beginner!  But it is fun and you have to be patient.  And here at Gatorland, the alligators are just a feet away, so you also have to be careful!  Hope your day flys by!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 150.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/500 second
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Hand held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • Orlando, FL – Gatorland (HDR)

    This hungry guy is from Gatorland in Orlando, FL.  I am a big fan of Gatorland.   A small park near Disney…if you are in town on holiday…its a great place to visit.  Lots of critters to see and these big gators!  This dude was waiting for lunch…good thing I had a big lens, so it wasn’t me!

    We lived about 30 minutes north of Orlando for a few years.  Florida is a wonderful state…but we learned quickly if there is a lake with water..chances of a gator in it are good.  When we first moved there about 2004 we had a small lake in the backyard.  Probably 25 houses surrounded it (decent size).  We asked the agent, “There are no gators in here”..he kindly noted “No, this is a gated community”.   Then about 2 months after we were in…I was eating my breakfast and the lake was nice and calm.  I saw something floating.  Looked twice…and yep a gator in our backyard!!  He wasn’t too big luckily…about 4 feet.  But hey..any size is too big for me!  I grabbed a tennis ball and did my best Nolan Ryan and missed him (just a bit outside).  He turned and watched me for the next 10 minutes.  I got bored that he was not showing any aggression.  Probably afraid of me.  LOL  In FLA if I can recall, an alligator below 6 ft must be left alone if not causing any problems.   So I called anyway as our daughter was just a baby…and a gator in the backyard is not welcome!  Never saw him again after that day!  Whew!

    I have quite a few gator stories.  I am sure anyone that lives in FLA does!  If you ever see one and he chases you…just remember to run diagonally!!  Their small legs cannot make quick turns!  C Ya Later Gator!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR + Nikon TC-14EII (1.4x Teleconverter)
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 280.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/160 – Single RAW HDR  (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/10
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Orlando, FL – Egret Babies

    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!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8 + Nikon TC-14EII (1.4x Teleconverter)
    • Setting: Aperture Mode
    • Focal Length: 210.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/160 sec
    • Aperture:  f/10
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Orlando, FL – Polly want an HDR?

    Last week I was in Orlando and wanted to head to Gatorland after work and take some birding shots!  I did get some wonderful Great Egrets…will post em soon!  But the Parrot’s and Macaws they have there are classic!   This is an older guy…kinda grumpy!  Funny all the others are together…this guy is solo away from them.  A definite character!    When you walk up to him, his voices his opinion or what on his mind!  Too funny!  He was nice enough to pose for me!  So thanks dude!    After I processed this I thought what are the most famous Parrots in history…my first thought was the one on Sponge Bob!  He is Patchy the Pirate’s Potty the Parrot.   You can tell what TV shows I watch!  Thanks to my little one!  Gotta love Sponge Bob!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 + Teleconverter TC-14EII
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 210.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR from Single Raw (+2 to -2)  1/160 sec
    • Aperture:  f/6.3
    • Gear:  Hand held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Orlando, FL – Train Tracks (Infrared)

    Gatorland Train Tracks IR

    NIKON D70S (Modified by LifePixel), Nikon 18-200 VR

    Back in the summer I was in Orlando at Gatorland and took a few IR photos.   Here is one from the train track crossing.  At Gatorland they have a little train you can ride that takes a quick 10 minute tour of the park.   Nothing special, but cute.  I am eager to head back to Gatorland in the spring!   The Rookery will be busy!    If you have read my previous posts on Gatorland…I give it two thumbs up!   Just go when its cool!!    Enjoy!