You probably remember that for the past ten days, I have been stalking a couple of Roseate Spoonbills that arrived here recently from the gulf coast. They have been hanging around O. C. Fisher lake, but usually so far out that it was difficult to come up with great images.
But this morning, we found a spot where I could get the best photo yet. No more crawling, mucking thru mud, mesquite brush and shoulder high weeds, trying to avoid critters like rattle snakes and bobcats. This place required just a 500 yard hike along the shoreline. Ann carried my tripod and I lugged the big 500mm with a 1.4 tele-converter.
The Roseate Spoonbills were about 100 yards off shore on a little spit of dirt and gravel about 30 feet wide. Keeping company with them was a magnificent Great Blue Heron. With my lens a working 700mm I was practically able to fill the frame. For all three photos I had the ISO at 400, F16, at 1,250th of a second, minus 1/3 EV.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking the shots. Click on either image for an enlargement.