Saturday, January 15, 2011
Last Outing of 2010, FL - 31 Dec 2010
Little Blue Heron that was a bit farther out, but moving toward me. Both birds were offering nice opportunities for digiscoping, and having them in the shade actually helped with exposures.
Snowy Egret would probe the shallows with one foot hoping to stir up something to eat, while the Little Blue Heron slowly stalked the emergent grasses looking for something to come to it.
Once satisfied that I had gotten some keeper images, I scanned the vegetation lining the shoreline for passerines. A Palm Warbler was chattering along the shoreline and making short passes onto the pond to look for insects. Northern Cardinals were singing somewhere behind the thick shrubs lining the shore, while Blue Jays were making 'perfect' calls of the Red-shouldered Hawks that were roosting nearby.
With shutter speeds of 1/7 sec. I needed a steady bird, and the self-timer of the Coolpix P6000 to capture images. The statuesque Green Heron didn't disappoint! Lovely bird.
Snowy Egret and Glossy Ibis were now feeding together. I followed them for a while trying to get some digiscoped images, but it was next to impossible exposing for an all-white bird next to an all-dark bird w/o overexposing one and underexposing the other. A brief visit by a pair of Common Moorhen and American Coot provided a bit of a distraction, but didn't stay long enough to warrant any photos.
Time to head to the aiport and home in time for New Year's Eve! Farewell 2010! You were a good birding companion.