Blue Heron and Bluebird

The weather Wednesday was still windy and cool.  However we, Ann and I, did get out for a little bit.  We took a little drive through Middle Concho Park again.  This time I got images of another Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), and an Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis).  The heron was on the other side of the river.  I maneuvered the car down near the bank so I could shoot it from my drivers’ side window.  I rested my Canon 7D with 1.4 tele-converter on the Puffin’ Pad on the sill.  Even with the wind, it was still a stable platform.  Exposed at 1/1250 sec. @ f7.1, ISO 250.

Great Blue Heron in tree

Also, along the river we spotted an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), flying overhead.  I grabbed my other Canon EOS 76 with a Canon 100-400mm lens attached, hopped from the car to see if I could get an inflight shot.  This is the result.  The bird was pretty high up and back-lit so I had to crop it extensively to produce this photo.  Not the best image, but I wanted to show it to you anyway.  Exposure 1/2000 sec @ f5.6, ISO 100.

Osprey in flight

Later, as we were driving through some of the roads in the park we saw this Eastern Bluebird in a tree off to the left.  It was in the shade, making exposure a little difficult.  I used the same set-up as I did with the heron.  Exposed at 1/640 sec. @f5.6 +0.3EV, ISO 200.

So all in all, the trip wasn’t wasted.  The weather is starting to heat up again over the weekend so hopefully it will be a more comfortable time to get out to get some more photographs.  For these, click on any of them to see an enlargement.