Tuesday afternoon, I got a call from my good friend Carl Williams. He lives just a few houses down the street me. He informed me that he had driven by our now familiar “K-Mart Creek”. It is so named by the bar ditch that runs by an empty K-Mart store about four blocks from us. He told that there was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron wandering about the place.
I high-tailed it down the street to get a good look. The Yellow-crowned Night Heron, (Nyctanassa violacea), is somewhat of a rarity around these parts, so I was anxious to have a look and maybe get a few photographs. Have I told you that I always have my camera with me?
At first, I only saw the bird as he was facing away from me. I was on the store parking lot at the time and was able to aim my 500m lens and 1.4 teleconverter out the drivers side window and get this shot.
After getting this shot, I decided to try to get around for a frontal view. I took my camera with the 100-400mm lens attached and proceeded to cross the little bridge, giving the bird a wide berth so he wouldn’t spook. By then he had moved closer to the bridge, and by being very quiet, I was able to get the shot below from there.
But the surprises weren’t over. I got back in the car, drove a few yards and discovered a Wilson’s Snipe, (Gallinago delicata), poking around in the water under a large tree. I had to settle on trying to aim my 500mm lens (again with the 1.4 tele-converter) between some tree branches to get the shot. By using only the center focusing point, the job isn’t too tough. Below is one of several images that I was able to get. These little guys are quite the cuties.
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