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PIC OF THE WEEK: 05/26/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Royal Tern

(Thalasseus maximus)

Where: St. Augustine, FL • Anastasia State Park

Notes: Last day, last light, last photo. I don’t know how many times it’s been, that a final gift like this has been presented at the end of so many journeys. This image was captured as I walked the beach at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida with my best friend and partner, Lori. We decided to end the day with an evening walk and perhaps take one last shot of a Ruddy Turnstone or a Sanderling along the oceanfront. My feet dug into the soft fluffy sand as we walked. Lori turned her attention to a couple of sandpipers that she spotted down the beach and I strolled on. After about a quarter of a mile, this Royal Tern landed at the edge of the surf a little way in front for me. I approached cautiously, but knew I had to act quickly. Another couple was steadily heading toward the bird, as they looked for shells along the water’s edge. I dropped to my stomach and crawled the last forty or so feet to the the spot I wanted to photograph from. The bird tolerated me and I snapped off a few frames. Much to my surprise, the beach-combers actually stopped and let me continue, until the Tern decided it was time to go. I like how the setting sun cast a twinkle into the black eye of this regal bird and gave such a warm glow to the sand.

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-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 04-11-14

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