Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bosque Sunrise & Snow Geese

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
Wow, another day, another incredible sunrise.
Wow, another day, another incredible sunrise.

While some Snow Geese blasted off to the south, (you can see them above the trees on the left side of the image), a few came into the main pond.  I used the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF  17-40mm f/4L USM @ 32 mm for this image.

Bosque Reflections at Dawn-8291
Bosque Reflections at Dawn-8291

Textures, colors, light and a little creativity.   Canon EOS 7D, EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens @ 100mm, ISO 400.

Snow Goose Dreams-9051
Snow Goose Dreams-9051

I was really trying to get a little of the character of the Snow Goose and the texture in the feathers to come out.   This image was taken in the middle of the day with side lighting.

The geese were close to the shore, but staying back about 20 feet or so.  I guess that's their comfort zone for a bunch of photographers with big lenses pointed at them.   To get a close, tight shot, I opted to use the Canon EOS 7D with the EF 600mm f/4L IS USM lens with the  1.4X Extender II.  The effective focal lenght was 1,344mm, @ ISO 200, 1/320 sec. @ f/6.3.