Thursday, March 11, 2010

St. Marks Birds in Dawn Light

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Insomnia drove me to St. Marks pre-dawn Monday. The sunrise was a beauty, but the birds were especially glorious in that magic light. I particularly love the backlighting in the coot and cormorant silhouettes. The Redhead was a willing model, as was the pair of Lesser Scaup.

The lagniappe (loosely defined as "the cherry on top") was a Belted Kingfisher. The F-You Bird -- as he's referred to by a sailor friend of mine -- is known for flying far away at the first hint of a camera, or even a stopping vehicle. This guy flew to the top of a roadside cedar in nice light as I was approaching... and then, to my amazement, stayed there as I stopped and slid my telephoto lens slowly out the window. He posed for about 15 frames before flying away.

4 comments:

無尾熊可愛 said...

It's great!!.............................................

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Bob Thompson said...

These images, especially the kingfisher photo, were definitely worth loss of sleep.

Dorothy said...

Fabulous pictures; worth the effort to get up early. Thanks for sharing and inspiring all us late sleepers!