Well, it is back to the birds. I had numerous comments that opined that maybe I was out of character with my post of the Texas Bluebonnets. Maybe so. I am more in my own element when I am photographing birds or wildlife. Even though I got lucky with some flower pictures that made me a lot of money, I have always had a lot more fun making images of the avian variety. So this morning I had a couple of hours to kill, so Ann and I made a soiree out to Middle Concho Park.
The highlight was the spotting of a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). This is the first one of the season for us, arriving just about right on schedule, which is mid-April for them. As a matter of fact, we may have witnessed the actual arrival of the first one. He may have gotten an early flight out of Mexico City. 🙂
We were just driving slowly along the shore of the Middle Concho River, when we spotted this fairly large bird come flying in and landing in a tree across on the opposite shore a little ahead of us. I stopped the car and put the binoculars on him. I immediately identified him as a male Black-crown Night Heron.
We drove further along, so I would have a good position opposite of him on my side of the river. I was able to put my camera on my Puffin’ Pad© and photograph him from the window of the car. I used the Canon 7D with my 500mm f4 lens and 1.4 tele-converter. Exposures were about 1/1250 sec. @ f6.3, -0.3EV, ISO 160. Aperture priority.
After getting several photos of him in various positions, he took wing and flew further down the river. I was able to get a decent shot of him in flight as well. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did in capturing them. During the rest of the little trip along the river, I came up with several more pictures of other birds that I will show you in the coming days. So stay tuned. 🙂