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A slow day in the Wetlands

Discussion in 'Birds' started by HarryB, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hi you'll,

    Yesterday I shot with Kevin and Gale at the Viera Wetlands. I went home a tad discouraged because, as we had talked about the whole time we were shooting, it was really a sloooow day at the Wetlands. I managed to get these shots.

    a northern shoveler
    NIKON D2H    ---    700mm    f/5.6    1/640s    ISO 250

    a Greater Yellowleg
    NIKON D2H    ---    400mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    a snowy egret
    NIKON D2H    ---    400mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    ISO 200

    a Least Sandpiper
    NIKON D2H    ---    700mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    ISO 400

    a Broad-Winged Hawk
    NIKON D2H    ---    700mm    f/6.3    1/320s    ISO 400

    a Green heron on a bad hair day
    NIKON D2H    ---    400mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 250

    a little ole gator
    NIKON D2H    ---    700mm    f/6.3    1/500s    ISO 250

    What a bummer, no eagles, no opreys with fish in their talons, no caracaras, and no large groups of birds.

    As I was culling out some shots I did some quick math and I had 245 shots of 18 different varieties of birds and I had passed on shots of another 12 or so because I had similar shots of them already. We had seen over 30 varieties of birds in a few hours. In fact it was a fine day at the wetlands. The only thing slow was a certain photographer who had become so spoiled that he couldn't appreciate what was in front of him.
  2. Slow day or not, Harry, your photos are always excellent. I'm kind of glad in hindsight as it made me go back and "look" for something to shoot. Guess we get spoiled at the over abundance of opportunities sometimes at Viera.

    It was a great day, nonetheless, even if lunch was the best part of the day!
  3. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible day Harry. If I were you, I'd give away all my equipment and take up stamp collecting. You can send the 500 f4 up to Huntsville. :biggrin:

    Obviously, I need to move to FL. A really bad day down there usually beats a great day here. Very nice shots all. :wink:
  4. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Kevin, it was a fun day with great company. I think we have gotten spoiled and a tad lazy shooting at the Wetlands. We expect great photo ops to be awaiting us around every bend of the road. We have almost forgotten what its like to work at getting our shots.
  5. Rub it in, Harry. :smile:

    Just tell some of them to hang around until February, that's all I ask!
  6. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    I'll trade you a bad day at Viera anytime !!
    As always Harry whatever you post is a pleasure for me to view.
  7. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    You're right Frank, a bad day here is better than a lot of other places. Us natives just have to learn to appreciate what we got.
  8. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Not to worry David. I gave all the birds explicit instructions that they were to stya in place until March. :biggrin:
  9. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Ben. There are no bad days at Viera, just a bad photographer every once in awhile.
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