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Old Mar 19, 2011, 1:38 PM   #1
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3 photos taken this morning of Great Egret having his breakfast at Tigertail Wildlife Refuge.
also, the last shot is one taken yesterday at Everglades City. We were for lunch to be served at Camilia Street bar & grill- which by the way, is highly recommended when you're traveling this way - anyways- we spotted a pelican perched on the bow of an airboat, hitching a ride. I've never seen anything quite like it and thought it funny enough to post. Hope you like it.








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Old Mar 19, 2011, 1:53 PM   #2
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stunning egret shots. love the contrast
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 1:54 PM   #3
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I love that 3d shot Zig, good stuff
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I really like these Zig, and that pelican .... Did you ever see It move ...
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Hi Dustin/Eric,

thanks for taking the time to look and the kind comments. Asl always, much appreciated.
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Hi Bob,

thanks for taking the time to look and the kind comments. As always, much appreciated.

Actually, yes, I did see the pelican move and then fly off. My wife had commented that it was a plastic pelican and I was disagreeing with her when the bird just decided he had enough of the ride and he flew off.
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Zig, what was cool about the 3d shot was the water. The shot was well taken and sharp but I liked the water splashing up and the bubbles in it were really neat and a great addition to an already well exposed, sharp, shot. Very nice.
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Well, I spent the day at Busch Gardens; come home, and what do I find??
Just another super series from Zig on this Florida trip. Well done!!!!

(You need to move down here zig. It would be fun to go out on some photo shoots with you.)
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Zig, what was cool about the 3d shot was the water. The shot was well taken and sharp but I liked the water splashing up and the bubbles in it were really neat and a great addition to an already well exposed, sharp, shot. Very nice.
Hi Eric,

These Great Egrets are so quick that it is almost impossible to see with the naked eye, the point of entry and impact they make on the water. The only way that I can "see" it is to review the shots sequences in the camera. I don't know how they are able to thrust their beak and head at speeds and force they do but they hit the water so hard that it creates a huge disturbance.

It has been a real learning experience to be able to spend each morning at the Tigertail Wildlife Sanctuary, here in Marco Island observing and photographing shorebirds of all kinds. The Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Reddish Herons appear to be used to having people around them. If you approach them slowly and don't make any threatening or sudden moves you can get extremely close to them- within 6 to 15 ft. I typically have my E-30 +50-200mm ED + EC14 combo mounted on a Velbon Monopod (carbon fibre). It's a light and easy to carry system when compared to the monstrous Canon systems that I see here in the sanctuary. I'm sure that I'm giving up some IQ in terms of absolute feather detail and such. But, I'll gladly give some focal length up in return for not having to go to a chiropractor at the end of the day.

Anyways, I'm able to actually follow a bird while they hunt for upwards of an hour or more- that is -if no one comes by to disturb them.
I've taken as many as 100 shots of one bird. Most of which are flawed in some way or another, some are good and a few, I think, are IMHO, acceptable.

By the way, my settings on the E-30 for sharpness and contrast is -1. I like to sharpen and adjust contrast and sharpness in CS5 + ACR6.3.


Well, I've rambled on for quite enough time now- probably more info than you cared to know.

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Those are very sharp pictures and well exposed.

What lens did you use Zig.?

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