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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/16/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Pied-billed Grebe

(Podilymbus podiceps)

Where: Midlothian, VA • Mid-Lothian Miners Park

Notes: The end to a perfect day… Despite the chilly weather, we decided to make an afternoon scouting mission to see some winter ducks. Several species of interest had been reported at this suburban location, but having never been there before, I was interested to see if it might be a suitable location for photography. On that particular Sunday afternoon the park was fairly busy with local folks walking their dogs and others taking their kids outside for some fresh air. The large mixed flock was made up of: Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Lesser Scaup, Redheads and a couple of Canvasbacks. As people traveled the circumference of the pond on the paved walkway, the mass of waterfowl clearly paddled toward the opposite shoreline. Finally the light began to fade and I decided to head back to the car. That is when I noticed this little Grebe feeding only a foot or two off the shore ahead of me. When it submerged, I quickly ran and sat on the sidewalk close to where the bird dove. Then it popped up from the darkness and I had to wait for it to move out a little, before I could obtain focus. I realized that I has set the camera to under-expose a full f-stop earlier and had never removed that adjustment. That made the darkening light even darker in the image. So I was pleasantly surprised when I open the image file to see the result of the dimming blue light reflecting on the surface of the water and the sharp focus on the bird in an almost silhouette style. Not every photograph has to happen on purpose.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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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 • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2000 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 560 mm • ISO = 800 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 12-07-13

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