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Black Skimmers

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Randy, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    we were shooting the Willets when 50 Black Skimmers descended on the beach. It' rare to get this kind of opportunity in the last hour of sun.

    If you ever wanted to shoot Florida go now. In 12 years of shooting down there I have never seen a spring even close. Lots of variety and lots of birds.

    D5 + 500e HH, I HH this combo all week and on 2 boats. This setup yielded 2x the keepers as the D4 + 500g did last year.


    p2782055184-6.
    NIKON D5    ---    500mm    f/10.0    1/3200s    ISO 1000


    2.
    p2782055186-5.
    NIKON D5    ---    500mm    f/10.0    1/3200s    ISO 900


    3.
    p2782055183-5.
    NIKON D5    ---    700mm    f/10.0    1/3200s    ISO 800
     
  2. Cool, timing was perfect on 3.
     
  3. Randy, Great shots! I really love shot #3 showing the bird feeding.

    Thanks for sharing them and inspiring Georgie and me to get off the couch and go shooting.

    Cheers,
    alexis and Georgie Beagle

    "the couch is comfy thank you very much. " -Georgie Beagle
     
  4. Nice low angle skimming in #3. Got one more boat trip left in ya?
     
  5. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx

    that's easily my best skimmer skimming shot ever
    thx Alexis
    this was quite an epic trip for shooting
     
  6. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    2 more
    going back to Alafia Banks with Fred for 1hr shooting and 3 hrs snook fishing
     
  7. Excellent plan. Snook are fun to catch, just keep your hands away from the gills.
     
  8. #3 is amazing, nicely done.
     
  9. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    Great shooting, Randy!
     
  10. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    I'm only touching the rod, reel and fork. I love fishing charters, come with money and leave with your fish cleaned in a bag on ice, and I love Snook even more.

    I'm looking forward to Ospreys on the 25th
     
  11. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Louie. The D5 locked on these guys 99% of the time. It's not just better than the D4, It makes the D4 look broken
    thx Karen
     
  12. yup, outstanding #3 really neat pics.
     
  13. You bird-whisperer you!
     
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  14. Great shots.. especially number 3. Looks like you're going to have some fun with this combo.. Is that the new 500? Oops now I see..the "e"
     
  15. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thanks Bob, yes it is the new 500e, IQ off the charts but even more amazing is Nikon took a hard to hold lens (the g version) and created a HHable 500mm, the e version
    thanks Nick
    thanks Darrell
     
  16. keirin

    keirin

    Dec 31, 2005
    Those are wonderful. Getting a photo of a skimmer doing what it's name says is one (of many) yet unfilled goals.
     
  17. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thanks

    #3 is my all time best skimmer skimming shot
     
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  18. Mike Irish

    Mike Irish

    Jun 14, 2008
    Ireland
    Yes Ranys No:3 is special for sure.
    Mike
     
  19. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thanks Mike
     
  20. keirin

    keirin

    Dec 31, 2005
    Sounds like you've got the start of a good tongue-twister going there: how many minnows might a skimming skimmer skim if a . . .
     
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