Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Marbled Godwits

Back in California, we ran into these Marbled Godwits on the beach.









Does anyone remember "My Three Sons"? All of these long legs had that theme song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

15 comments:

A New England Life said...

Is it my imagination or are your photo's getting better all the time?

The second shot down is excellent! I can just imagine you laying on the beach, shooting up. Were you quite a distance away, or did they let you get fairly close?

Craig Glenn said...

LOL, Laying on the beach, shooting up! I hope that's camera speak New England, they arrest people down hear for that kind of thing!

The photo's are awsome, what bothers me is, being a little ocd, that sand on their beaks! How can they stand that, don't you just want to wash it off!!!

Ok maybe a lot ocd....

Great shots!
Craig

Mary said...

Oh, that second shot just had me laughing with glee! What wonderful portraits!!!

Kerri said...

Awesome! That 2nd shot is absolutely amazing!!

Kallen305 said...

Love all of the pictures but the second one is awesome.

The Early Birder said...

Your 'fan club' in growing Steve!
The detail is exceptional especially pic2. How close or haw far away were you?

Steve B said...

Hi Sharon, I have been wondering this myself. I think that I've been getting luckier.

Well Glen, you just have to give them a vase of water to dip their bill into. What I find amazing is how deep they probe and that they know they have something to gulp down.

Hi Mary, I’m so glad to bring some laughter into your day.

Yup Kerri, Kim, Frank the second one is my favorite too. I would say that I was shooting at about twenty to forty feet. I was extremely lucky to have the sun to my back, taking advantage of lots of light to freeze action.

I usually shoot at ISO 100 or 160, the lowest settings. I’d rather deal with low shutter speed than grain. Here with plenty of sun, I was able to do anything I wanted. You have to understand that these birds were probing very rapidly, as seen but the flying dirt. If I didn’t have plenty of light, I wouldn’t have these photos.

Tabib said...

Amazing No 2 shot.
Do you used some kind of support such as 'Ground Pod' (or just elbow pot) :-)
But with Shutter Speed = 1/800 second and 300mm lenses, tripod is not necessary.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I really love the second shot Steve.

Stacey Huston said...

Very beautiful, What a great perspective.. looks like you were laying in the sand..

Eve said...

Stunning photography! Love those birds. I muted the song...so as not to endure your same fate!!!
Ha Ha Ha!!
Thanks Steve.

Steve B said...

Hi Tabib. With my style of photography, I've learned that working with tripods generally upsets the bird when working in close. It is my job to lay off the coffee and hold the camera still. With the 300mm, I have an effective focal length of 45mm because of the size and position of the digital sensor. I can hand hold down to 1/20th of a second...but I don't recommend that for everybody in every situation. In my head, I'm working shutter speed, depth of field and f-stop balancing. I like to have 1/60th of a second, minimum. I like to be over 100th of a second, but that is not always possible.

I'll use a tripod for scenic shots where I want lots and lots of depth of field, regardless of the shutter speed. But with birds, I've learned that tripods are too cumbersome and I miss shots.

The tip of the day...get to know your heat beat. Your body will shake with your hear beat. If you time your shot between beats, you can get the shot off.

Steve B said...

Hi Joan, Stacey and Eve, I'm so glady you all stopped by!

I'm glad I didn't mess up your day Eve!

Denise said...

When I first came to America I used to watch My Three Sons all the time and I am humming that tune in my head right now. Fantastic close-ups of the birds. Your photos are a joy to see.

Steve B said...

Hi Denise! You know, this is the first time I've seen this intro clip in color. I didn't know that there was such a thing as color TV back then. It is a catchy tune.

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