ImageSpotlight: Black-Necked Stilt

South Padre Island, Texas has simply been a hotbed of photographic activity over the past few weeks so I’m glad I live close enough to make the trip whenever I get a break in my schedule. On one of my Saturday morning outings a few weeks ago, the black-necked stilts were actively feeding. I like these birds but they are tough to expose properly. One always runs the risk of blowing out the highlights or losing details in the blacks. Those long pink legs, though, really stand out from the blue water. These birds are year-round residents at South Padre Island so if you ever find yourself visiting, be on the lookout for these shorebirds.

Until next time, Keep Shooting. — KEVIN

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ImageSpotlight: Redhead Duck

I’ve been enjoying these ducks for the past few weeks at South Padre Island, Texas. They are currently wintering here so I keep going out, trying to capture their behavior. This shot was difficult to get simply because there were so many of them that isolating one duck away from the rest was challenging. When I did have one isolated, they never seemed to flap their wings. It was a lesson of patience and perseverance but eventually, I started to figure out their body language and recognize when one was about to flap its wings. Scanning the ducks on the perimeter, I could tell this duck was about to give a full wing extension and to my good fortune, the light was just right. When it raised its body out of the water, I fired away. I particularly liked this shot with its wings in the forward position, the warm light illuminating the face, and just enough depth of field to render the duck sharp and the background blurry. It was a fun morning from which I will be sharing more images in the near future.

Until next time, Keep Shooting. — KEVIN

Redhead Duck. Canon 7D | 500mm | f7.1 | ISO400

Redhead Duck. Canon 7D | 500mm | f7.1 | ISO400

My New Nature Website Has Just Gone Live…

Hello Friends,

I am quite excited to share the news that my new nature website just went live (Feb 2013). This was one of my ┬áresolutions for 2013 so at my first opportunity, I dedicated to getting it up and running. I will update images frequently, keeping some of them on the site long-term, replacing others with newer images. I’m sure I’ll make small modifications here and there but for now, I bring you version 1 for your enjoyment. Let me know how the site works (i.e. do the images load quickly enough or is there a long lag). I’d love to know your comments about the site. Some people like to view images to inspirational music, others do not. If you are one who does, simply click on the “play” button in the upper left-hand corner and enjoy. Otherwise, jump right into the galleries. Until next time, here is the link:

http://www.HurtNaturePhoto.com

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