Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White-faced Ibis

I have finished processing my Ibis images from Saturday, these are my favorites.

The light was unfortunately not ideal Saturday morning for photographing the Ibis (very cloudy and flat lighting), which was however great for the Egret (2 posts below).

I was also pushing the limits of reach since the Ibis was staying pretty far back and not getting that close. I needed every pixel of that 7D on the 800mm lens to make these images.

I'm looking forward to going back on a day with better light. In the future, I'll probably also take the flash and Better Beamer.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


It started raining here today and the weather calls for rain all week. Fortunately that means interesting droplets all over the plants in the yard.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 100 Macro IS, f/16, 1/100s, ISO 1600.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I went to the Palo Alto Baylands this morning in the hopes of photographing an Ibis. The Ibis eventually showed up but in the mean time I managed to catch this Great Egret having breakfast.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 640.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fortnight Lily

The weather this week hasn't been that great. We've had very dense fog in the mornings, so the conditions aren't that great for trying to photograph birds. As I arrived home I saw this Lily open and decided to grab a quick handheld image.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 100 Macro IS, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 400.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Great Egret

I had the day off today and Maya's daycare was closed so I was on Mr. Mom duty. In the late afternoon I took her down for a walk along the baylands. I spotted this Great Egret which was feeding very close to the path. I also finally saw the White-faced Ibis I've been looking for. Sadly, it took off before I could get close enough (and I didn't have any large lenses with me since I was pushing a stroller). This was the best I could do:

Oh well, I'm going to try and return a few times this week and hopefully I'll be able to get a much better image.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 100-400 @ 400mm.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Interesting Lines

Just a quick one from the yard this afternoon. I took this late enough in the day to avoid the harsh light.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 100 Macro IS, f/16, 2.5s, ISO 400.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Wood Duck Drakes

I wanted to share a few of images of Wood Duck Drakes (i.e. males).

They are beautiful creatures and a lot of fun to photograph.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets are among my favorite local avian photographic subjects so when I saw this one land on the cliffs of La Jolla I couldn't resist making a couple of images with him.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 70-200 f/4 IS @ 200mm, f/4, 1/4000s, ISO 200.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Black-necked Stilt

The black-necked Stilt is fairly common around here, yet its one which I haven't photographed very often. No particular reason for this, I guess they're just so common that I usually haven't paid much attention to them.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 400.