Mostly Birds 2 Gallery

It's been a fairly busy summer, but I've been able to get out from time to time to shoot. These shots were taken at a variety of sites: my backyard, Kiawah Island, SC, Huntington Beach State Park (Murrells Inlet, SC), Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, SC), the Audobon Swamp Gardens at Magnolia Plantation (Charleston, SC), and the Knight Rain Forest at Discovery Place (Charlotte, NC). As the Gallery name indicates, the theme of my shooting is still focused on birds, but I've thrown in a couple of other shots that I found interesting.

I'm not entirely certain on the identification of the some of the species, and used my Sibley's and Kaufman's guide books as best I could. Please email me with any corrections. All of the images shown here, and all those in galleries since May, 2002 were taken with the Canon EOS-1D.

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Short-billed Dowitcher at Dusk

Image # 00610

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/500 second

Evaluative Metering at 0

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

We were fortunate to have the sun setting just before the tide came in, and there was a fair number of shorebirds feeding in the mud-flats in the wonderfully warm dusk light. My original identification was "Long-billed Dowitcher" but after consulting with several more knowledgeable people, decided this is more likely to be a Short-billed.


 

Belted Kingfisher in Flight

Image # 00589

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/2000 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3, 550EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

I've not had many opportunities to shoot this species, and given how fast they are, had great difficulty even finding them in the viewfinder at 1200 mm, let alone follow and keep them in focus!


 

Male Eastern Bluebird with Grub

Image # 00463

My Backyard

Mooresville, NC

Canon 600L/f4 IS, 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 800, f/8, 1/500 second

Evaluative Metering at 0, 550EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

I had a great time watching this male going back and forth finding food for his chicks. On a technical note, I used a demo of the program Neat Image to clean up this ISO 800 image.


 

Great Egret in Tree at Dusk

Image # 00506

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 second

Evaluative Metering at -1/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

I had my whole familiy with me for a beach vacation at Kiawah, and my son Sam and I went out after dinner one evening, and found a number of egrets high in the trees just as the sun set.


 

Golden Orb Spider

Image # 00522

Audobon Swamp Gardens

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

Canon 100-400L, 1.4x II Teleconverter, at 560 mm

ISO 400, f/8, 1/40 second

Evaluative Metering at +1 EV

Bogen Monopod/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


We have seen these spiders all over the place this summer, so it seems only appropriate to include one here. In this shot I sacrificed a little depth of field, with the spider not fully parallel to the film plane, in order to get her in front of the green background I wanted.
 

Prothonotary Warbler

Image # 00530

Audobon Swamp Gardens

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

Canon 100-400 and 1.4x II Teleconverter, at 525 mm

ISO 800, f/8, 1/160 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3

Bogen Monopod, ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

My son spotted this little bird as we were walking around the swamp. It was pretty dark in there, and he didn't stay in one spot for very long, so I was happy to get any shot at all.


 

Royal Tern in Flight

Image # 00594

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/1600 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3 EV, 500EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

I was pretty happy to get a few shots of these beautiful birds, as I didn't see many of them, and they were flying pretty fast (once again very hard to find at 1200 mm).


 

Brazilian (Red-crested) Cardinal

Image # 00562

Knight Rain Forest at Discovery Place

Charlotte, NC

Canon 100-400L IS at 400 mm

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3 EV, 550EX at -1 2/3

Bogen Monopod/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This is a "semi-captive" shot. This fairly large exhibit allows the birds to fly around freely in a heavily vegetated area, so although the photo was taken in captivity, it was still fairly difficult to see, find, or get a decent shot of many of the species they had there. Neat Image was also used to clean up the noise in this ISO 800 image.


 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Image # 00541

Audobon Swamp Garden

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/1250 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Green Heron in Flight

Image # 00590

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/1000 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3, 550EX/BB at -1 2/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This was taken the same morning as the belted kingfisher and royal tern flight shots. The EV comp of -2/3 was by mistake, as I had been shooting some white egrets just before. Fortunately, at ISO 200, I was able to bring out shadow detail fairly easily in Photoshop.


 

Black-bellied Plover

Image # 00611

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/8, 1/400 second

Evaluative Metering at 0

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This was taken at dusk, the same evening as the short-billed dowitcher shot above. The light was just wonderful, and the sun behind me produced a nice catch-light, with no fill-in flash needed. Also, many thanks (as usual) to Peter May for the correct identification of this species.


 

Barred Owl in Tree

Image # 00626

Raptor Aviary at Brookgreen Gardens

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 100-400L IS at 400 mm

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100 second

Evaluative Metering at +1/3, 550EX at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This is another "semi-captive" shot. This was an outdoor area, with a mesh-net way up above the trees preventing the birds from escaping, but within this fairly large area, they were free to fly around.


 

Bali Mynah

Image # 00561

Knight Rain Forest at Discovery Place

Charlotte, NC

Canon 100-400L IS at 400 mm

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200 second

Evaluative Metering at 0, 550EX at - 1 1/3 EV

Bogen Monopod/ArcaSwissB1/Wimberley Sidekick

Also taken in the "semi-captivity" of the Knight Rain Forest.


 

Great and Snowy Egrets at Dusk

Image # 00613

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1600 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwissB1/Wimberley Sidekick

Also taken at dusk, I liked the pose of these two species, and they aligned their heads just long enough to give me a shot or two.


 

Willett eating a Crab Claw

Image # 00598

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/800 second

Evaluative Metering at 0

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwissB1/Wimberley Sidekick

I'm not sure if he ever managed to get this down, but it was fun watching him.


 

Lily Pad Flower (?Species)

Image # 00630

Brookgreen Gardens

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 100-400L IS at 300 mm

ISO 200, f/16, 1/320 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3

Bogen Monopod/ArcaSwissB1/Wimberley Sidekick

Just to prove that I'm still capable of taking pictures of something besides birds and bugs! These flowers looked glorious in the beautiful late morning sunlight.


 

Great Egret Landing at Dusk

Image # 00614

Huntington Beach State Park

Murrells Inlet, SC

Canon 600L/f4 IS and 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/320 second

Evaluative Metering at -2/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwissB1/Wimberley Sidekick

This seemed like a fitting image to close this gallery. It was taken as the sun was about to drop below the horizon, and even though I usually prefer having the birds facing or flying towards the camera, this shot with the bird facing away feels appropriate for a parting shot.