Okay, can you stand some more talk about the Roseate Spoonbills? I feel like I have touched on them several times the past couple of weeks, but I think I’ve finally hit perfection this morning, so maybe no more after this. They are so new to me, since I had never seen one before. I have been struck by their beauty.
The following two pictures were shot in the RAW format, then edited and converted to JPEGs in Photoshop Elements. For you that are interested with such information, I photographed these images with my Canon EOS 7D, with a Canon f4-5.6 100-400 IS zoom lens. The ISO was 800, shutter speed 1/4000, aperture f8 with an EV adjustment of minus .03. That adjustment was for the bright whites that were caused by the early morning sun. I hope you enjoy the images. Click on either one to see an enlargement.
Persistence can sometimes pay off. After doing my regular chores at San Angelo State Park this morning, I got to thinking, “What if those Roseate Spoonbills are still around?” Ann and I decided to go back and check and see. Sure enough, we were rewarded. We spotted them on a little spit of sand much closer than before.
I still had to use the 2x converter on my lens, and so back to manual focusing. Not my favorite thing to do at those distances. But however, I did come up with a much better image that before. Take a look.
Two Roseate Spoonbills were seen at O. C. Fisher Lake at San Angelo State Park. As soon as Ranger Melanie Lacy called me from the park, I high-tailed it out there to see if I could spot it. After all, it would be a “lifer” for me. I spotted them as soon as I got there with my spotting scope. To try to get as close as possible for any chance of a photograph. I lugged my tripod and my Canon 7d with a 2x teleconverter down to the bottom of the boat ramp at the water’s edge. Even then the distance was so great I could barely make them out in my view-finder. I also had to manual focus. This is the finished shot after extensive cropping and sharpening. Nothing to write home about but good enough to make an ID. By the way, Melanie says this the first ever sighting of a Roseate Spoonbill at the park.
Hopefully, they will stay a few days so more people can see them. It would be great if they would also move to a closer location for easier viewing.