Tricolored Herons are everywhere at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge this year. This bird posed nicely for me quite close to Blackpoint Wildlife Drive.

This is another digiscoped shot, using the Zeiss Diascope 85FL and the Sony DSC N1 camera. (see yesterday’s post). The effective zoom on the Sony behind the scope gives me the option of full frame shots of a bird like this at this distance, or of head and shoulder portraits like this one.

Perfect light to pick out every detail. Cooperative bird. Right distance. No wind to vibrate the tripod at high magnification. A digiscoper’s (or any long range photographer’s) dream.

Sony DSC N1 at full zoom (about 100mm equiv.). F5.4 @ 1/250 @ ISO 64. Programed Auto, Selective spot focus (focus on the eye of the bird) and matrix metering.

Minimal processing in Lightroom. Sharpen portraits preset, some Clarity and Vibrance added.

From the Space Coast Birding Gallery.


2 Responses to “1/24/2009”

  1. 01/24/2009 at 10:36 am

    Nice portrait. I like the soft lighting.

  2. 2 Tim Sullivan
    01/24/2009 at 7:06 pm

    Very nice composition of the Heron in it’s environment. Great detail and beautiful color. Good head room in the frame. Great that you were able to capture the bird in this rather pensive looking moment.

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