More Birds

I was back in Parque Ecologico del Poniente (Eco Park West) this morning.  Another gorgeous early morning in Merida, Yucatan.  You’re probably getting bored to tears with the same four bird species I mostly shoot.  Sorry.  It’s just that I love getting out in the cool morning hours before things heat up, and this pond is home to four beautiful, fairly large birds: Great Egret; Great Blue Heron; Green Heron and White Juvenile Little Blue Heron (the brat of the bunch).  I did throw in a couple of shots of [Maurice] Ravel, the sad-sack Basset Hound (who just happens to be a very good friend of mine).

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Green Heron – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 1250

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Green Heron – 400mm, 1/500s @ f/6.3 ISO 800

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White Juvenile Little Blue Heron – 400mm, 1/2000s @ f/6.3 ISO 320

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White Juvenile Little Blue Heron – 400mm, 1/500s @ f/6.3 ISO 100

* I like the coloring on this image.  The warm, golden morning front-lighting casting water-reflections up onto the heron’s breast feathers.  The right side of the frame in deep shadow, with the left side welcoming the warmth.  The pale green legs, and the turn of the head placing it in profile.  This image just works for me on many levels.  Composition was easy using the Rule of 1/3’s and the soft-muted pastels reflect a French ‘Impressionist’ feel to the photo.  I may convert this one to a painting and see what I come up with.

Speaking of French, I now present you with Monsieur [Maurice] Ravel, who is owned and operated by a beautiful French woman by the name of Martine.  Looking at the photo notes you will see that I shot these images at almost 1/3000s @ ISO 3200.  Not because he was moving very fast—I just grabbed the camera from the scooter and left my prior bird-shooting settings in place.  I should have shot at a MUCH slower shutter speed allowing me to drop my ISO considerably.  But I was lazy (lame excuse, huh?).  Without further adieu, Ravel:

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Ravel – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 3200

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Ravel – 400mm, 1/2656s @ f/5.6 ISO 3200

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2 responses to “More Birds

  1. More excellent bird photos! I’ll never tire of them! And you have proved that you do dog portraits just as wonderfully as you do human portraits.

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