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royce10 Feb 20, 2007 12:29 PM

I went for my usual monday afternoon hike through the sanctuary. It had been a stormy weekend, so I was hoping that the birds would be out hungry and feeding. I was hiking along my usual trail when I noticed this guy sitting up in a tree.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/182/3...824da9ee_o.jpg

He seemed more relaxed and allowed me to get in much closer for a tighter shot.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/132/3...af71c67a_o.jpg

I watched as this great egret swooped down and land behind some marsh reeds. When I hiked closer down to the waters edge, I saw that he had caught himself a little crayfish snack.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/142/3...fe5ec9b5_o.jpg

He must have a pretty tough stomach to digest that critter whole. After a few chomps, he swallowed it and off he went.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/188/3...db46901a_o.jpg

The red reflection in the water was from this orange netting that the construction crew had put up as a barrier on the other side of the creek.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/160/3...6de4e7f2_o.jpg

A flock of black necked stilts came zooming down the creek. They all glide so smooth and low over the surface of the water.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/130/3...cc1236a5_o.jpg

I see these red tailed hawks all the time. However, they always seem to be soaring way up high in the sky. This pic was a pretty heavy crop to make him decently viewable. Once I get a longer focal length lens, I should be able to get some better hawk shots.

Thanks for looking.

Lyrics51 Feb 20, 2007 3:39 PM

Royce, Those are beautiful. Excellent work. I think I like the flock the best. Thanks for posting.

Glenn

Dal1970 Feb 20, 2007 4:42 PM

Love all these shots.

Please post some rubbish so we can see you are mortal like the rest of us!



Darren

Dr. C Feb 20, 2007 4:48 PM

Hello, Royce,

I always check your posts and always go "wow!" when they come up on the monitor, but it dawned on me that I rarely say thank you, so here's a big THANK YOU!

Regards,

Lawrence

royce10 Feb 20, 2007 7:38 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you guys enjoy them as much as I do taking them. :cool:

Feb 20, 2007 9:31 PM

hung,
wish now that i had never said anything about the white exposure.lol
great shots!!
and thanks for not cluttering up your post with individual thank you's.

roy

mtngal Feb 20, 2007 10:48 PM

Another set of outstanding bird photos - love the red tailed hawk (and the egret). I listened to one all summer but never saw him. I finally saw him/her about a month ago, but unfortunately I was driving and there was no place to pull over. One of these days I hope to capture him (or her). It's pictures like yours that convinces me that I might manage it one of these days.

thekman620 Feb 20, 2007 11:42 PM

Great shooting Royce! All top notch. Like the shot of the flock of birds.:cool:...Don

Rodney9 Feb 22, 2007 10:42 PM

Well Well, you have done it again, all these shots are beautiful. If I have to pick one, the black necked stilts flying is amazing.

Thankyou

Rodney
www.wolf9.org

Ian Mc Feb 22, 2007 11:25 PM

Beautiful composition and exposure in these shots.

If ever there was a plug for using spot metering, your shots have certainly proved it's value.

Ian Mc


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