Birds of Odessa

Discussion in 'Birds' started by PJohnP, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    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.


    I had the opportunity to observe an immature BCNH


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


    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...

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

    Always shoot.

    John P.
  2. 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?
  3. jsch33


    Dec 27, 2006
    Surprise, AZ
    First one looks like its eyes are bigger than its stomach, like the color on the last one.
  4. 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.
  5. John, you appear to out-doing yourself with these, AGAIN. Beautiful light to work with
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great light
    Beautiful images
  7. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    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.

    John P.
  8. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    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.

    John P.
  9. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    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...)

    John P.
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  10. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    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:

    John P.
  11. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Gale :

    Thanks for the kind comments.

    John P.
  12. Nice work John. The Odessa C of C could use your images to change their image from West Texas Dusty Oil Town to Birder's Paradise.
  13. Sharon


    Feb 18, 2006
    What a great series. The light is beautiful and you really took advantage of that! Vern nicely done.
  14. 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:
  15. Beautiful light. Really great images.
  16. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Outstanding shots John. Great work, and you really caught the beautiful light.

    Well done. :smile:
  17. Igor


    May 15, 2005
    Ukraine, Europe
    Superb shots John!
  18. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    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....

  19. Very nice captures. Great use of light.
  20. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    When I saw these I couldn't help but quote Mike Myers from SNL. "Like buttah" Beautiful light! Great images!