Sunday, April 12, 2009

Avocets & Sandpipers at the Baylands

Made a quick stop at the Palo Alto Baylands yesterday. The time of idea was ok but not ideal (about 5:45pm) but these days I take what I can get :)

It seems the Egrets still haven't arrived for their annual nest building, hopefully they show up in the next couple of weeks. I did spot a lone Snowy Egret though. There was a lot of Sandpiper activity and several American Avocets.

The entire group of Sandpipers (and one Avocet) did put on an impressive flight show during the time we were there.

On the way back to the car I saw this Avocet hiding and liked the framing of the shot.

This was the second real chance I've had shooting with the 800 outside of the yard. The more I use the lens, the more impressed I am with it. I didn't have time to set up a full Wimberley so I took most shots on a monopod and for some of the Sandpiper flight shots, I was shooting handheld.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, ISO 400 & 640, varying shutter speeds.

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