Skittish Long Legged Birds

Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
Long Legged Bird
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These long legged birds are always hard for me photograph because they’re so skittish. At other times I’ve been able to get a still shot from a long way, at night, when they are high up in the trees. In this case, she was off the ground and not on the water below, but still low in the branches she didn’t have much nerve when she saw me looking at her. They might be closer than you think because there’s no doubt they sneak around trying to hide.

©2021 – Jim Casey


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Skittish Long Legged Birds

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TALLY Ho! Ho! Ho!

TALLY Ho! Ho! Ho!

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To my chagrin, I really had no other choice but to place the bird condo in another spot out front – but hopefully not too very far away. I watched for quite awhile after moving the nest, and finally I began to loose hope as the little bird didn’t seem to figure out where the new location was, or if she intended to resume her matronly duties.

Blue Herons

I felt this to be a remarkable shot for several reasons. The rarity, getting three in one frame, the distance away, and the distance off the ground up in the trees. It was well after dark, shooting max f-stop and zoom at a max 300mm for a 2 second exposure at 800 iso, on a monopod steadied against a nearby fence. After the fact, I found I actually over exposed a little bit, but all in all I can’t complain too much about the clarity and sharpness of the focus.

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I had this one sitting on the back burner, frankly, because I wasn’t really happy with the clarity of the shot. I’ve got my excuses, low light, long zoom, heavy processing, etc. Even still, when I went back for a second look, I decided that it was better than I remembered, and the contrast of the birds umber eye helped to make the shot worthy of presentation.
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