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San Diego bird Photography Workshop

Expectations

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As photographers do we just go out and photograph what's there or do we expect to see certain birds in certain locations?  The habitat was right, the birds that I had photographed five times before in the same location were not there.  Why?  What changes, recent storms, climate change, who knows?  In the past two days, I have expected to see Lesser Scaup in one spot and Wood Ducks in another, and they just weren't there.  There were consolation prizes, though, Redhead ducks and Surf Scoters in Glorietta Bay and Phainopepla, Red-tailed Hawk, and Northern Harrier at Santee Lakes.  Today I think I'll just go out and see what I find!

Here are a couple of my favorite images from yesterday at Santee Lakes.

A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.

Enjoy    Thanks    Tim

Snowy Plover - Directional versus Quality of Light

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It was just after noon that I came across this Snowy Plover today.  So the light was not the typically sweet morning or later afternoon light that warms up an image, that I like.  But by putting the sun directly on the face and eye of the bird I was still able to get a workable image, without too much contrasting shadow below the main subject.  

Taken at 12:28 PM on 1/17/16.
Taken at 12:28 PM on 1/17/16.

This image was created at 1/640 of a second, at f/7.1 and ISO 250.  With the handheld Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the EF 100-400 mm f/4.5 - 5.6 IS lens.

Enjoy  Thanks Tim

Birding/Photo Project #6 & More San Diego Images

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The calm waters of Bolsa Chica at sunrise.
The calm waters of Bolsa Chica at sunrise.

Magical sunrise at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. While Bolsa Chica is a legend in the birding and bird photography communities, I did not fair so well in my San Diego Workshop trip.  The sunrise was magical, and I created the pan blur below.  Some days it’s just better to enjoy the view.

I did add a few new species to this year’s goal of photographing 500 species of birds.

Savannah Saprrow at Bolsa Chica, morning light.
Savannah Saprrow at Bolsa Chica, morning light.
White-crowned Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Reserve, morning light.
White-crowned Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Reserve, morning light.
Northern Pintail, drake at Bolsa Chica.
Northern Pintail, drake at Bolsa Chica.
A male Surf Scoter in the calm protected waters at Bolsa Chica.
A male Surf Scoter in the calm protected waters at Bolsa Chica.
Western Grebe in the still waters of morning, Bolsa Chica.
Western Grebe in the still waters of morning, Bolsa Chica.

Birding/Photo Project #5 & San Diego Workshop Images

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These images were created on the banks of the San Diego River, and at Cabrillo National Monument as part of the San Diego Workshop.   Having never photographed Wrentits, Little Blue Herons or California Towhees, this was a fun day.  California Towhee was a new bird for my life list as well.   The tally is now 33 species photographed and  467 to go.  

A Little Blue Heron pauses while searching for food along the San Diego River.

A Little Blue Heron pauses while searching for food along the San Diego River.

A basic/winter plumage Forster's Tern hanging out on the San Diego River.

A basic/winter plumage Forster's Tern hanging out on the San Diego River.

A Killdeer along the banks of the San Diego River.

A Killdeer along the banks of the San Diego River.

A Horned Lark searching for seeds along the San Diego River.

A Horned Lark searching for seeds along the San Diego River.

A Whimbrel searching for food along the San Diego River.

A Whimbrel searching for food along the San Diego River.

A California Towhee searching for seeds in the Cabrillo National Monument across the bay from San Diego.

A California Towhee searching for seeds in the Cabrillo National Monument across the bay from San Diego.

A Wrentit feeding in bushes in teh Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego CA.

A Wrentit feeding in bushes in teh Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego CA.