Birds of Odessa

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Another trip to Odessa in the Permian Basin of west Texas, and more birds to photograph over various evenings at sunset...

The first is something that I call Sunset Sushi.


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I had the opportunity to observe an immature BCNH


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A Great Blue Heron flew in for a visit, displacing the immature BCNH


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And then, there was the BCNH with the guilty look. Just as I arrived to shoot, a person watching nearby told me it had just **gasp** eaten a duckling a little while before. I didn't see it, but that mess around the beak was certainly odd...


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D200, 200-400mm f/4 AFS/VR, various ISOs, processed in Nikon Capture, crop and copyright in PS-CS2



Always shoot.




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Beautiful captures. There's always a charm over bird eating sushi pictures.
The lighting in all of these are fantastic!

First one could maybe benefit of a contrast bump as it seems there's more natural back lighting than there is on the subject, and therefor you've probably gained some shadow levels aye?
 
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Super shots and a great time of day. All well done but #1 is my fav. Dusk and dawn make Texas a great place. When I was there I tried to avoid high noon.
 
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Beautiful captures. There's always a charm over bird eating sushi pictures.
The lighting in all of these are fantastic!

First one could maybe benefit of a contrast bump as it seems there's more natural back lighting than there is on the subject, and therefor you've probably gained some shadow levels aye?
Alex :


Thanks for the kind words.

And yes, I've already made some shadow adjustments on the first shot. These kind of backlit photos offer some challenges, and as I didn't have the opportunity to use flash, adjustments were the order of the day in Nikon Capture.


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First one looks like its eyes are bigger than its stomach, like the color on the last one.
John :


Yup, and yet, they do get them down into their gullet. However, I saw one on Sunday night regurgitate a truly enormous pellet, so they must have limits on this.



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Super shots and a great time of day. All well done but #1 is my fav. Dusk and dawn make Texas a great place. When I was there I tried to avoid high noon.
Thanks for the kind words.

I actually very much enjoy my work in west Texas. There are a scad of great photo opportunities, truly nice people to meet (I invited one last night to join the Café), and I get my trips financed by work, so the costs are low to be in such a fun place.

And yes, the sunsets are magical. I've had some fine success other times here (see : Same old, same old...)



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John, you appear to out-doing yourself with these, AGAIN. Beautiful light to work with
Nick :


Says the guy with all of those really neat baby-bird-in-nest photos ! A high compliment, and thank you.

As for the light, I just have to remember to stop doing e-mail at sunset, and I just walk around and point my camera... :biggrin:




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What a great series. The light is beautiful and you really took advantage of that! Vern nicely done.
 
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John, these are terrific shots... I love the colours of the light. You really nailed the juvie NH in the second shot. I never knew that the BCNH were meat eaters! :Shocked: I thought they were only fish eaters.... learn something new each and every day.

Glad to see you're seeing some beauty in Odessa! :wink:
 

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Very nicely done, John P!

A great caption on that last one would be something like,

Who Me? Nope, I didn't see no ducky....

Wade
 

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