Friday, January 7, 2011

Pic of the Day

   Willet – Captiva Island, Florida:  January 2nd was another beautiful day in Southern Florida, but the birds in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge were few and far between.  After a drive through the refuge we headed to Tween-waters, the slough that separates Sanibel Island from Captiva.  The beach on the Captiva side of the slough always has some kind of shorebirds to photograph, and this day there were terns, turnstones, sanderlings and willets. 
This Willet was one of more than a dozen in a small flock that raced up and down the beach as tourist walked along the shore line.  I took the photo as the bird paused for a moment between its movement up and down the beach.   My low level Frisbee mounted camera worked great and so did the angle of view.  The Frisbee allow me to keep the camera about 7 inches off the ground, and gives me the ability to slide the camera forward or backward across the ground as I crawl forward and backward.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, Digital Capture ISO 200, 1/1000 sec. @ f9

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