Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pic of the Day

   Roseate Spoonbill – Estero Lagoon; Fort Myers Beach, Florida:  Among the half dozen Roseate Spoonbills feeding in Estero Lagoon, only one was an adult in breeding plumage.  The adult became my target for most of my roseate photos during the shoot.  At one point during the feeding frenzy it caught a fish and walked right up to me.  The spoonbill came so close I could not take a full frame photo of the bird,  I had to settle for a headshot.  Fortunately the spoonbill manipulated the fish in its bill as I shot, thus giving me the opportunity to shoot this detailed view of the prey and the spoonbills head. Shooting was hectic with so much activity going on around me.  So many birds feeding drew my attention from one activity to another without pause.  I did not realize that I had captured the sequence until I reviewed the image-files after downloading.  I love surprises like this.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm 2.8VR, Digital Capture, 1/1,250 sec. @ f4.5 

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