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PIC OF THE WEEK: 10/07/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

(Nyctanassa violacea)

Where: Norfolk, VA • Pleasure House Point Park

Notes: I never know what an image is really going to look like until I get it home on the monitor. This young Night Heron was stalking Fiddler Crabs, their favorite food, around some of the grassy patches at this bayside park. I decided to sit for a while and observe, even though the bird was clearly aware of my presence, as I sat on the open sandbar. After a bit of a staring contest, the bird went back to exploring, but it would stop and peek at me once and a while. As is often the case, the bird seemed more comfortable with a little distance and some habitat between us. Eventually it strutted around the back of one of the nearby grassy patches. Normally grass is a total distraction and often blocks a shot by striping the face or eye of the subject. Fortunately this two foot tall Heron was just tall enough to clear the reeds as he stopped to see if I was still there. I set the autofocus to one shot and clicked off a couple of images. I really like how the wide aperture of the lens blurred the foreground and background grasses. It sinks the subject into the scene and gives it that "peek-a-boo" effect that occasionally brings pleasant results. This hatch year bird is one of several I saw that morning along with a couple of adults later that day.

Small Bird Photo 1

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 09-18-13

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