Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winging it

The definition of impossible - 'sneaking up on wildlife in an airboat' !

A few days ago (it already seems like weeks ago) my son and I visited the Everglades. Part of that experience included an airboat ride. They provide ear covering for a reason.

I have to admit it was a bit of a challenge to capture birds on the wing from a fast-moving platform. Continuous shooting mode was my friend that day.

This great egret must have had a good day of fishing - he was a bit slow getting off the water. For which I was thankful.

(70-200mm  f8.0  1/2000 sec  ISO200)


20 comments:

T. Becque said...

Nice one, I like the bird feet photo below too!

S. Etole said...

What a wing span ... nice shot.

darlin said...

Fantastic shot Rick, I love how the bird looks suspended in air for that brief second. There are days when rapid shot is definitely a best friend for photos! Not so much so for someone who's being shot at! lol

Rick said...

Thank you T. !

Thanks Susan.

Thanks Darlene - I had a few other shots of this one as well, but this was my favourite. Yes, I suppose if one must get 'shot' then a Canon isn't so bad ;-)

Cinthia said...

A great , important animal, great shot....mi piace questo maestoso volo che hai saputo catturare! Ciao, Rick , have a nice day, CY

AleR said...

Great shot! I like the lighting!

mariiana capela said...

fantastic!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Stunning picture.To get a bird on take off is quite a challenge.What camera and lens are you using?
Ruth

Soraia B. said...

Amazing :D

CarreraCaballo said...

This is brilliant, the colors in the background add up the contrast :-)

Greetz,



Joseph

Leovi said...

Gorgeous really excellent with a nice light and in flight. a hug.

Tiago Braga said...

Amazing, very well done!
you capture the perfect moment :D

magda said...

What beautiful creatures of nature!
Congratulations for the moment ...
Amazing photo Rick !!!

imac said...

Magic Rick

Farmchick said...

Great shot and a trip on an airboat sounds awesome.

Rick said...

Gracias Cinthia !

Thank you AleR !

Mariiana - thank you for your visit and comment !

Thank you Ruth - I use a Canon Rebel XS and for this shot I used a 70-200mm f2.8L lens with a 2x extender (I always post the lens and settings used above each photo).

Rick said...

Thanks Soraia !

Thank you Joseph - bird moving, boat moving ... click !

Thanks Leovi - your visits and comments are always appreciated.

Appreciate your comment Tiago - thank you !

Rick said...

Thank you very much, Magda. The birds here are spectacular.

Only the 'g' missing from your name, imac ;-) Thanks.

Thank you Farmchick - you really should try it sometime; use the ear covering ;-)

Avery said...

Nice!

Rick said...

Thanks, Avery !