Friday, January 2, 2015

Aquatic Birds In Flight

New Year's Day, I spent the late afternoon at Shelley Lake, practicing photographing birds in flight (as well as a few perched or in the water).  I had not tried anything like this since mid-summer, and hoped that with some effort I might get a few good results.

There were some wonderful colors in the water, due to the sky and the remaining orange tree leaves.  I did a few atmospheric, environmental shots along with the attempts to get close-ups of the birds in flight.

Seagulls are almost as common as ducks in Raleigh now, which is probably not a good thing for them, but they're here, so...

Allowing this duck to be a silhouette meant a dark exposure with intense colors reflected in the water.

A quartet of Canada geese took off from the water and flew in a line for a second or two.

It can be challenging to coax the camera into focusing on a small bird against a "busy", contrasty background of foliage, but I feel it can make for a more interesting picture than just a bird against a uniform sky.  In this case, I was at a fairly high vantage point, and the bird swooped a bit lower than me, also tilting slightly toward me at the moment of this shot.

While hiding in the weeds, I noticed a confluence of twigs that made a nice abstract design.  It gave me a little variety to end my hour and a quarter escape into the wild world.  Even a brief time like that  can make so much difference in our lives!

[All photos with Canon 1D Mk IV, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II]



  1. Among all your talents (and there are so many), perhaps photographing birds ranks among the highest? I don't know but you certainly know how to take some spectacular photos, that is for sure!! I do miss seeing Ziva, though.

    1. Thank you, you are very kind! Do not fear, Ziva will reappear in these pages soon!


You may comment anonymously if you wish. Comments are moderated. Spam will be blocked or removed.