Archive for February 17th, 2011


2/17/2011: Rosy spoons 2

I promised you an unrelenting diet of Roseate Spoonbills for a few days here and this gentleman, resting in a mangrove, is the second helping. Roseates must lose a lot of heat through that bill, since when resting they always tuck it well into the back feathers. The only trick to a shot like this is catching the eye open.

Here is the same bird, from the same spot with less zoom.

Canon SD4000IS behind the 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL for the equivalent field of view of 3000mm and 1000mm, 3000mm @ 1/500th @ ISO 160, f8.5 effective (scope limited), and 1000mm @ 1/640 @ ISO 250, f4.5 effective (camera limited). 

Processed for clarity and sharpness in Lightroom.