Ruddy Turnstone – Blind Pass; Captiva, Florida: On January 5th I posted an image of a Snowy Egret that I took using a long lens mouned on a ball head attached to a Frisbee. I mentioned in the post that I had gotten the idea from a recent book I had read, but could not remember which book at the time of the post. The book was Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer, by Moose Peterson. The book, by the way is well written and worth reading.
Using the Frisbee mounted ball head I went to Blind Pass on Captiva Island to shoot shorebirds and terns. The set-up worked well as I crawled across the beach. The Frisbee allowed me to easily slide the camera forward and backwards as I move over the sand. As I mentioned in the January 5th post, the Frisbee is very flexible and has a tendency to cause the camera and lens to awkwardly tilt left, right and forward. I have since mounted the ball head on a pie pan to see if it will work better than the Frisbee. Once I have tried the new outfit, I’ll let you know how it works.
This Ruddy Turnstone was taken with my lens mounted on the ball head/Frisbee combination. Turnstones were numerous on the beach at Blind Pass and were feeding on Pen Shells that had washed ashore during a recent storm. The lens mounted on the Frisbee/ball head combination made it easy to slide toward the turnstones as they ran up and down the beach, and backward as the bird ran toward me. I often found myself backing up rather than moving toward the birds. It appeared to me that by laying on the beach the turnstones did not see me as a threat, and pretty much ignored me.
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