Myakka State Park/Venice Rookery Gallery

We got up early to be at the Venice Rookery at dawn, and were amazed at this beautiful setting, and collection of birds, so near a fairly commercial area. We got there a few minutes after dawn, and there were already a half-dozen photographers set up and shooting. After spending a couple of hours here, we headed further north to Myakka River State Park. We took a trip on their Air Boat, and I was able to secure a "front seat" so I could set my tripod and camera up at the very front of the boat. It was difficult to shoot from a boat that was moving fairly swiftly much of the time, but there were many opportunities.

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Great Egret with Chicks 1

Image # 2524

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/2x

ISO 200, f/8, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Egret with Chicks 2

Image # 2525

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/2x

ISO 200, f/8, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Egret in Breeding Colors

Image # 2509

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/1/.4x

ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/640 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Egret Displaying

Image # 2516

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/640 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Egret with 2 Juveniles

Image # 2505

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

?Juvenile Great Blue Egret on Nest

Image # 2514

Venice Rookery

South Venice, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/500 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Image # 2532

Myakka State Park

near Myakka City, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Cormorant Chorus

Image # 2533

Myakka State Park

near Myakka City, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

Something about this shot appeals to me, despite the out of focus cormorant at the right side of the frame, and the brushy surroundings.

 

Osprey Catching Fish

Image # 2531

Myakka State Park

near Myakka City, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

This came very close to being a truly great shot, but alas the osprey had its head down; I still like the action captured here, but wish I had an image a split-second or two before or after.

 

Great Blue Heron in Flight

Image # 2534

Myakka State Park

near Myakka City, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Great Blue Heron with Sunfish

Image # 2535

Myakka State Park

near Myakka City, FL

Canon 600L/1.4x

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Mode, Partial Metering

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick