In for a landing

Wildlife photography is an exercise in patience and persistence.  We had this displayed at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Our first visit was in the morning when we saw next to nothing in the way of birds.  A second pass just after noon, and I got some nice osprey shots but that was about it.  We were about to give up but decided, one more stop at the end of the day was worth it.  Finally, we saw some of the birds that are usually pretty common here.

I have a feeling that the red tide which has been plaguing this area has cut back on the number of birds here.  Even if this is true, I don’t think I will give up on checking here for more opportunities.  The spoonbills were late arrivals at this spot.  When we first arrived, there was one white pelican and one spoonbill in with the various wading birds that you see here.  The spoonbills flew in a couple at a time until there was a decent sized group.  I was lucky enough to catch one as it landed to join the group.  A nice payoff for some persistence.

Roseate spoonbills
Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel Island, Florida

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
420mm @ f/8.0 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

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Walking the Beach

Early morning on Sanibel Island is very peaceful.  There are only a few people and the native birds out walking.  The sound of the surf is all you hear aside from an occaisional “good morning” from fellow beach walkers.  I could easily start my day this way anytime.

The birds are lots of fun to watch.  There as many small birds like this one searching the sands for breakfast.  We also saw lots of pelicans and seagulls flying low over the waves and also watched osprey picking up nest material and food from the surf.  This is such a beautiful natural setting.

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
400mm @ f/8.0 – 1/400 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #beach #SanibelIsland #WithMyTamron

Shore birds

Finally got away from shooting birds in the backyard!  Now I get to capture different birds at the beach.  I can’t help it if nature is always presenting interesting and beautiful subjects for me to notice.  Even when on a trip away from home, my feathered friends are all around.

I may be on a vacation from work but photography is a pleasure so, while I’m relaxing I will continue to capture the beauty that surrounds me.  What a great combination of pleasures!

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
400mm @ f/8.0 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #beach #SanibelIsland #WithMyTamron