Archive for April 25th, 2010



Fishing Pier: Ruddy Turnstone and a View

Happy Sunday! Still here in St. Augustine Florida. This is the St. Johns County Fishing Pier in St. Augustine Beach, right across the road from our hotel. You can buy a sightseeing ticket to the pier for a dollar. A few years ago the fishing pier was loaded with birds…pelicans, turnstones, terns, gulls, egrets, even, for many months, a Brown Booby!, but on my last two trips to St. A, bird life has been sparse, though I have visited the pier several times at different times of day, just hoping. This Ruddy Turnstone, like most of his kind who frequent the pier, was running along the rail waiting for a handy fisherman to discard some bate or some offal, and incidentally, posing for me. You don’t this eyelevel view of a turnstone too often. I even had to zoom back slightly from the full 560mm reach of the camera to frame this bird. The sun, still low soon after sunrise, also adds to the eyelevel effect, and really brings out the ruddy tones in the plumage.

Canon SX20IS at 520mm equivalent. F5.7 @ 1/200th @ ISO 200. Programmed auto.

In Lightroom, a touch of Recovery. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From St. Augustine FL 2010.

Of course, there is more to the fishing pier, for the tourist, than the bird life. This is the view of St. Augustine Beach looking south from the pier.

28mm equivalent. F4 @ 1/320th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.