Friday, December 16, 2011

Pic of the Day

     Roseate Spoonbill – Alligator Farm, Saint Augustine, Florida:  As mentioned in previous post, the Alligator Farm at Saint Augustine, Florida, is a great place to photograph nesting wadding birds.  Among the nesters are the beautifully colored Roseate Spoonbills.  This spoonbill was shot as it flew to its nest in the rookery.   As the bird swooped over the boardwalk, it stretched its wings wide as it glided to its landing.  The flight path was at the perfect angle for me to shoot the spoonbill against the bright blue sky.   With the light behind the bird, the thin skin of the arm and feathers became translucent.  The translucency clearly shows the wings elbow, wrist, and phalanges.  Also visible is the delineation of primaries, secondaries, and greater, median and lesser wing coverts.  It’s like having bird anatomy 101 in a single photo.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, 1/1,000 second @ f10

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