During a quick visit to Texas, I ventured out one morning to South Padre Island. I’ve always had good luck at this location and the morning would not let me down. While a bit slow by a “good day” standard, my patience was rewarded as this Great Blue Heron began to hunt/fish in front of me. I managed a series of images of this particular sequence and this is one I particularly liked with the heron’s wing position and the blood trailing from fish to water.
Until next time, good light and keep shooting. — KEVIN
Gear I used to make this shot:
Canon 7D – I used v1 of this camera body which is now my backup to the 7DMII.
Canon 500mm– I used version 1 of this lens which is no longer available now that vII is.
Gitzo Tripod – I own and still use the Gitzo 1325 which has not been manufactured for years now. However, I have linked a good on you can purchase today (other options on my gear recommendations page).
About 10 days ago, an unexpected northern front blew through South Texas and with it came a massive fallout of migratory birds. To my misfortune, my Canon 7D was at Canon CPS for repair. Those who have shot with me in the past know that I always have two cameras but I had sold my 1Ds MarkII so that I could save up for a new full frame camera. Well, I still haven’t purchased a new one so when the fallout came, I was caught without a camera. This past weekend, another northern, though much less intense, pushed through the area. With my 7D back from repair, I drove to the South Padre Island Convention Center and was able to photograph the birds below. While this second fallout was nothing compared to the week before, I had a great time and some interesting experiences. The weather is warm now and these birds will soon be departing but they’ll be back another day…and I’ll be there with “two” cameras at the ready.
It’s been a few weeks since I last visited South Padre Island. I’m still going through those images and decided I’d share this one from an earlier trip. On this particular morning I had great light and wonderful bird action. This gull decided that the spot right in front of my was the perfect place for a bath. It may be awhile before I get back to the island as I’m after other migrating birds as the moment. However, I liked this one enough to share it here on the blog. I hope you enjoy it.