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Unexpected surprises

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Kevin Scott, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Ever since Harry had to post those disgusting photos of that evil bird, the Bald Eagle, from Viera, I have been on a mission to get a nice close up shot of one sitting in "the tree". :mad: 

    I've tried covert missions with moderate success as well as known get togethers, even with out of town visitors escorted by Harry. These shots were from that outing. Still can't consider it Mission Accomplished but I am determined.

    All of these shots are with the 300/f4 afs + 1.7tc, all handheld, aperture priority and ISO from 200-400.


    and a few flying shots



    And the unexpected surprise? Well, after leaving the eagle I started to walk back to the gang when I spotted this little Green Heron. I kept getting closer to him in hopes he'd take flight so I could get a good flight shot of him since they seem to be difficult to get at Viera. I couldn't have been more than 15-20 ft away. So close that I had to switch out of HSC mode. I kept getting closer then realized he was hunting so I stopped and watched. Here's what happened:

    The hunting pose

    The catch

    A second time around

    And the surprise? OMG!! A Greenie doing a flip!! And it's even in focus! :cool:  Woo hoo!!!

    I was so excited that I ran back to Harry and showed him my prize! This last shot made me more happy than even getting the decent eagle shots! There's probably something wrong with me but it's these little things that really get me excited!!

    Oh, and I did manage to get a few flight shots. Here's one...
  2. That's huge Kevin, the images you captured are amazing!

    I'd frame the greenie flip ;) 
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Fantastic Kevin,
    Great work..
    Really proud of you :>)))))))
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent series Kevin. I love the third Eagle shot. I got some similar shots of a LGH under the same circumstances several months ago. Seems that when they are hunting that they are much more tolerant of two-legged animals with big black things pointed at them. :rolleyes: 
  5. lowlight_junkie


    Nov 28, 2005
    Really excellent series of shots, you guys make me so jealous of the fantastic array of creatures you have over there!
  6. I love it when you get determined, we all benefit!
  7. Outstanding love the third shot of the flying eagle and the flight shot of the LGH is top on my list. Every one of your posts is top notch
  8. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Outstanding Kevin. You got some good eagle shots (especially the 3rd one) and some outstanding GH shots. An eagle in flight is a much easier shot than a GH in flight. The flip shot is prime.
  9. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    Kevin, I was wondering when these were going to show up. I really like eagles #2&3.

    Good job on the greenie flip too.
  10. Wow, cool shots!
  11. Very nice. The glowing eye and the texture in the feathers along with the arched wings make #3 my favorite.
  12. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    Oh I knew you were going to get an Eagle, not good ..... BULL Dukey :biggrin:

    Great stuff Love that 1st Bif, crisp, clean a keeper
    and your greenie jumps right out of the screen

    Very happy for you buddy, going to back to my rock now :rolleyes:  :tongue:
  13. Y'all are too kind! Had a really bad day yesterday and reading these messages sure has cheered me up!! :smile:

    Thanks alot for the kind words! Still want to get a close up of Mr Baldy but am sure it will happen soon.
  14. Outstanding shots Kevin. Your Eagle shots are really excellent. Your capture of the "flip" is terrific. Still waiting to join that club. I can certainly understand your excitment with this series.

  15. A excellent series of shots definitely worth the day out.

  16. Kevin...What settings do you use for the Eagles when they are flying?...Thanks...
  17. heiko


    May 15, 2005
    Some great stuff you got here! Like all of them, but the one before the last and the eagle in #3 are my favs.
  18. Thanks Louie! I've got a few flips but this one really got me excited for some reason. Thank God for 5fps (I wasn't in HSC mode) since it wasn't till I reviewed the shots that I saw the flip!
  19. Hi Philip,
    It seems that even on the "slow" days at Viera one can still end up with some treasures. Thanks for taking time to comment!
  20. A lot of time I shoot manual but the rest of the time I'm in Aperture Priority, which is the case with these shots. The banking eagle shot was f7.1, 1/1250, ISO250 and the right facing eagle flight shot was f6.7, 1/1250, ISO250.

    Typically I've found that anywhere from 6.7-8 will give me good clarity of the bird so I usually keep it around that mark. Then I'll bump the ISO to give me a fast enough shutter speed.
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