27
Apr
09

4/27/2009

Wood Stork with Nesting Materials

Wood Stork with Nesting Materials

One of the joys (and frustrations) of working an active rookery is the number of flight shots you have an opportunity to catch (and the number you miss). While nest building and chick rearing is going on, there are birds constantly in the air, coming and going. Wood Storks, especially, are known for bringing back big sticks and whole branches of trees complete with foliage. Every photographer who has visited a stork rookery during nesting is duty bound to try to catch a stork with a small tree in its beak.

Of course the Storks do not have much on the Great Egrets, which are equally amazing flying in with nesting material, and have the added element of elegance.

These kinds of shots push my H50 to its absolute limits. I use the Sports mode, for its predictive focus, and continuous shooting, at about 5 frames per second, but it is not the equal of what an DSLR can do. Still, in a half hour of attempting flight shots with the H50 I got a couple of keepers. Would they have been better with a DSLR. Probably. We work with what we have with us.

Sony DSC H50 at full tel (465mm equivalent). F7.1 @ 1/2000 @ ISO 160. Sports Mode. -1 EV exposure compensation.

Some Recovery in Lr, added Clarity and Vibrance and Landscape sharpen preset.

From St. Augustine, FL.

Bonus…a Great Egret.

Great Egret

Great Egret

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