29
Jan
09

1/29/2009

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I will eventually run out of digiscoping images from my time at Space Coast. I hope to go out today to photograph the new snow we got yesterday. This, however is another digiscoped bird: Roseate Spoonbill. Spoonbills are colorful all year, but during breeding season they are spectacular. The pink deepens. The exposed skin of the skull cap goes green, setting off the bright ruby eye. Then too, the utterly bizarre spoon of the bill is pretty unique. Behavior is also worth watching. The birds get into some amazing shapes, especially while preening.

All those elements, along with some excellent light, come together for me in this image. Tight cropped in camera by using the full 3000 plus mm of effective focal length of the digiscoping rig, the image catches all the color, the shape, and the personality of the bird. The interesting (to my eye) bokeh pattern completes the effect.

Sony DSC N1 behind the eyepiece of a Zeiss Diascope 85FL at 3000mm equiv. effective focal length. F8.0 @ 1/160 @ ISO 64. Programed Auto. Selective spot focus on the eye.

From the Space Coast Birding Gallery.

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