Quiet Hour with a Snowy

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Uncle Frank, May 13, 2005.

  1. Did you ever go fishing at the wrong time of the day... just to go fishing? You fuss with your gear and toss in your line just to enjoy the peace and quiet. Catching a fish isn't necessary.

    I did the same thing down at the lake today. I rigged up my d70 with the 80-200/2.8 and Kenko 1.4x, climbed down the steep bank to the lake, and planted myself near one of the snowy egrets' favorite fishing holes. The sun was too high, the shadows too dark, and I knew the chances of getting a good shot were slim. But that wasn't the point. Being there was.

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    And how was your day?
     
  2. you are an amzing guy, Uncle Frank. Love your sense of humor, but how perfect these pictures are. Well exposed and it looks like you spent your time well. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    WOw, these are great shots!

    Definitely my very favorite shorebird! Super details. Well worth your efforts!
     
  4. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Very nice series Frank. I'm so jealous. 8)

    Still nothing but honkers and quackers for the most part at our local pond. I did see a GBH fly over though, and we saw a little green heron on Sunday. He was behind a branch though, so we didn't get any decent shots.
     
  6. Way to go Frank, you had a good outing. I really like image #3, the lighting is very nice.
     
  7. Greg

    Greg

    909
    Apr 5, 2005
    Fayetteville, TN
    You are so right. Many times I'll go fishing and not care if I catch anything or not. If I do it's a bonus. Being there does seem to be a lot of it. and you certainly pick some good spots.
     
  8. Thanks for all the generous comments, folks!

    Dave, they're far from perfect, but I'm glad you liked them... and my twisted humor :twisted:.

    Steve, they're my favorite shorebird, too, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have so many of them at the local lake!

    Paul, the 80-200/Kenko 1.4X combo is working so well that I'm questioning if I really need that 300/4 after all :shock:. The birds seem to tolerate me pretty well, as long as the fishing is good.

    Frank, maybe you should start scouting around, and find out where that GHB lives...

    Gordon, I had a very relaxed session with the egrets. As we discussed, it's the antithesis of a wedding shoot. No performance pressure at all 8).

    Greg. you're my kind of guy. Going fishing is the important thing... not catching fish :wink:.
     
  9. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Uncle Frank,

    The highlights are sweet in those images. Great set of captures!!!
     
  10. Thanks, Frank! How's the picture linking going? I check your pbase gallery, and just love your baseball series!
     
  11. drueter

    drueter

    963
    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Nice shots, Frank! I'm not a fisherman, so I've never done the bait drowning thing, but I have done the same thing looking for birds when I thought they wouldn't be there. It sure helps you relax -- especially when you get some great shots as a bonus!
     
  12. Don, looking through your gallery, I don't think you get shut out very often 8).

    So what's with the Dr. Nuke handle? I like it. Why don't you use it as your sreen name here?
     
  13. Great shots

    Frank,

    Which flavor of the 80-200 are you using. I have the 80-200 f2.8D AF but it isn't the "S" model. I've been trying to find a decent TC to use with it.

    Mine is the one that doesn't have a tripod foot so I use the Kirk mount on it.
     
  14. I have the current model, Jim, which is two ring, with a tripd mount. It's non-AFS.

    I'm using the Kenko Pro Tellus 1.4X TC.
     
  15. drueter

    drueter

    963
    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Thanks for the kind comments Frank. I have a lot of great opportunities right out my back door now, so I usually see something and head out to stalk it -- don't get shut out nearly as much.

    On the dr_ nuke handle, I'm a retired nuclear engineer and came up with that screen name when I first joined that other forum. Decided to be less anonymous here, given the nice atmosphere of the cafe!
     
  16. Leigh

    Leigh

    Feb 19, 2005
    Alabama
    I loved looking through this series....I felt the peace you must have gotten just being there. For me, these days it's gardening. I'm just about done planting the veggies and herbs so now it's a matter of keeping the buggy little weeds out. But that's not the point either....it's the quiet and the time of just being outside. Thanks for sharing your natural prozak moment with us.
     
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