Roadrunner and Green Heron


Right now, as a wildlife photographer, I am having a hard time finding subject material for my posts.  At well over 100 degrees each day, not only the birds and animals are staying hidden, I myself, don’t exactly have a dying urge to get to get out either.  Well, I do have the urge, but I am having a hard time satisfying it.

But after a hearty meal of a sausage McMuffin this morning at the Golden Arches, I decided to do something about.  I have this great fear of losing readers.  After all, it took me a couple of years to get the ones that I have, and they are very loyal to me.

Ann decided to join me and we took of for the parks around here.  It was early for us, around 7:30, to avoid the heat.  But already, it had reached well into the 80s.  As far as numbers we did manage to see about 21 species in the space of two and a half hours, and a bottle of Gatoraid. 🙂

With water in the parks around Lake Nasworthy down about two feet, there was a lot of ‘mud’ showing in places.  We saw in one those areas, a couple of Green Herons.  I liked the pose of this one.  Using my Canon EOS 7D, I attached my 500mm lens and 1.4 converter.  Exposure, if you’re interested was 1/3200 sec. @ f5.6.  ISO was 500 and I adjusted the AV minus 1/3.

Green Heron

I forgot to mention, even thought we saw twenty-one species most of them were nearly invisible, no chance of any decent photos through the branches of the trees.  They, too, try to avoid the hot sun.

After leaving the Lake Nasworthy area, we decided to make a quick stop at San Angelo State Park.  It was time to renew our annual pass, so we thought we’d check out a new pond while we were there.  Nothing at the pond to speak of, just a lot of swallows, some unidentified sparrows.  However, upon leaving we did spot this Greater Roadrunner in a tree about 10 feet off the ground.  He was just sitting, cooling off and preening his feathers.  I managed to work around the branches and got these shots.

Great Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

The Roadrunner was in the shade, so I had some difficulty with the exposure.  But I was able to get it at 1/500 sec. @ f10.  I wanted a bit more depth of field.  ISO was 800.  I hand-held my 100-400mm lens for this one.  Click on any image to see glorious enlargements.

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