Monday, February 23, 2009

Roseate Spoonbill...

I decided to continue this week with the birds I photographed in Florida, partly because I didn't know what else to post and because they are fresh photographs. All of my photos from the last two weeks starting with the battle of the Bulge were taken with my new lens the Nikkor 70-200 1:28 AF-S VR. What a great lens. It is super fast and very sharp. I guess you really get what you pay for, I know after a couple of weeks I have fallen in love with it.

My bird panning skills leave a little to be desired. It is not something I do often and I need more practice. This trip was a chance to due just that, I took many photos some came out great other found the delete button in a hurray. I was a little disappointed in my performance at times and I think that came from being a little overwhelmed. I really only had one day to shoot and watch birds and I didn't make the best of my time, sometimes just watching instead of shooting. Had I allotted more time for shooting I think I would have had more keepers.

This beautiful bird is the Roseate Spoonbill, I first came to know about him through Klaus's site. I was hoping to get the chance to see this creature on my visit and I did on Black Point Drive. Some of my best photos of them came in flight, their pink color with the fantastic blue sky made for some great photos. To learn more about this bird follow this link While you are their click on the play sounds from this species to hear the distinctive sounds he makes.

By the way, my new profile photo is courtesy of Klaus, taken at sunrise on Black Point Drive.


Arija said...

Just to get one like this would be
a miracle for me. Great capture!
The beauty of digital cameras is that you can just delete the th out them costing anything, and anythig worthwhile you get is a bonus.

nessabates said...

What pretty colors the spoonbill has! You got a great shot! Now I have lens envy...hehehe

Coca Cutie said...

Too beautiful Bradley!!
I always get amazed with this kind of shots.

Love your new pic too :)

Leedra said...

I was so disappointed I did not see a Spoonbill this trip. My trip to Fla last Feb was the first time I saw them in person. So was on the lookout constantly. I do have to say last year they were at a pond that was mostly drained, they were walked along almost in the mud at the edge. This year the pond was at full. Probably to deep for the Spoonbills.

You captured an awesome photo here, such color.

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kjpweb said...

Excellent - wonderful shot! You gotta love these critters! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Salty said...

Wow! Great spoonbill shot Brad! I think we all miss quite a few flight shots but you were spot on with this one.

I have never been able to get a spoonbill to quit spooning long enough to get a decent shot.

Ruth said...

What a great picture. I have never seen one and the colour is beautiful.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses the delete button. I use it a lot, especially since I'm bad about forgetting to check my setting before I snap a shot. I think I do more shooting than watching. :-) BTW, I love the shots so I don't know what practice you need.