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Some different Florida wildlife...

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Backdoctor, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. I went with Mary to Gainseville for her appt. with a specialist. On the way, we stopped off at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It is huge, and quite wild. There are wild Bison, Horses, Deer, and much more.

    We did come across some deer which quickly went into the woods. I had to manually focus while shooting from my car. Lots of oof shots, this one is not bad, but the head is blocked some:
    NIKON D2H    ---    420mm    f/7.1    1/250s    ISO 1250

    I lived in Gainseville years ago while doing some post graduate work. At one time, I lived in a mobile home, around a pond with other mobile homes and cabins. There were these Banana Spiders that were as large as my hand. One time, while walking at night by my house, I walked into a web. That'll wake you up real quick. Here are two webs I shot, on a monopod with the D2H and 300 f4 with 1.4x:
    NIKON D2H    ---    420mm    f/7.1    1/400s    ISO 640

    NIKON D2H    ---    420mm    f/7.1    1/250s    ISO 800

    anytime I see one of these guys, I still get the chills from when I walked into that big ol web... ewwwwwwwww!

    There was this gopher tortoise on the side of the road, eating. I got out. He watched me as I shot some photos of him, then he made a mad dash for his burrow. Here he is running to his burrow. Had to pan and use all my skills to capture him on the run:
    NIKON D2H    ---    420mm    f/8.0    1/750s    ISO 250

    NIKON D2H    ---    420mm    f/8.0    1/640s    ISO 250

    glad they came out in focus, he was really moving fast.. :D 

    Can you believe it, no bird photo! I did get a shot of a red shouldered hawk, but so far away it wasnt worth posting.
  2. Nice again! The spiders are really very cool!!!
  3. Neat images Harris but the macros are really cool. Nice work.
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Harris, I kept looking for the blurred background on the tortoise shots as I figured that you were panning pretty hard. :roll:

    Excellent series. All good, but I really like the spidy shots. You're right, unusual to see a post from you and no birds. 8)
  5. Thanks Gordon.

    Frank, just trying to try some other stuff ............ 8)
  6. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    very nice series
    as others have said the macros are excellent !!
  7. cmpalmer


    Jan 27, 2005
    Huntsville, AL
    Thanks for reminding me of the Florida banana spiders :eek: 

    I was walking on a trail near Tallahassee a few weeks ago and ran face first into a big web. The first thing that came to mind was those spiders "as big as your hand". I did the Mad Spider Web Dance and was extremely grateful that (a) the web didn't seem to be inhabited, and (b) I was alone on the trail -- otherwise I may have been involuntarily commited (it wasn't a pretty sight).

    Great pictures!
  8. Thanks for reminding me, I have a banana spider on my front porch. Need to knock the web down. Don't care to walk into it again.

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