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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/03/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Limpkin

(Aramus guarauna)

Where: Melbourne, FL • Viera Wetlands

Notes: Sometimes even when the light is not in my favor and obstacles get in the way, it pays off to try anyway. Following a lead from another photographer about the sighting of some Limpkin chicks in the park, I hiked in that general direction. As I approached the ponds in that corner of the complex, I saw a couple of cars stopped by the roadside ahead. For a moment I was puzzled about their attention and interest in the nearby water's edge. Suddenly I realized it must be the Limpkin! I picked up my walking pace from a stroll to a trot. I arrived just as one of the two nearby parents was bringing in an Apples Snail. The adult dropped the snail on the edge of the grasses with the opening facing up, pounded open its lid and easily removed the snail without even breaking the shell. By then one of the six babies had fumbled its way forward and was ready to receive its meal. Having witnessed this I knew there were several challenges to capturing this tender moment. One was the light direction and the other was the obstruction of the foreground grasses. The more I would move to eliminate as much grass as possible, the worse the light direction got. So I found a medium location that compromised between the two challenges. The rest was up to where the parent would placed the snail, which they returned with about every three to five minutes on average. Finally they came out just far enough to clear out most of the clutter and the lighting provided backside lighting that accentuates the chick's fuzzy plumage.

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Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 460mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/320 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 800 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 12-23-13

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