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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/07/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: St. Augustine, FL • Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
Notes: According to the Alligator Farm’s website; “Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year.” This award winning image captured at the park in early April last year, was blessed to receive First Place in the Wildlife Category at the Camera Club of Richmond’s annual photography competition. The ability of birds to adapt and utilize the ever changing environment and habitats of the planet, never ceases to amaze me. The wading bird nesting colony, or rookery, at St. Augustine, Florida is no exception. Wild, native herons, egrets, spoonbills, and wood storks seek the security of the Alligator filled swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming and sun-bathing beneath the oak and cypress tree branches, the birds have discovered that their young will be safe from tree-climbing predators such as Raccoons, Bobcats, snakes and fertile domestic cats. The wooden walkway over the alligator infested waters, allows visitors an incredibly intimate view of Florida’s most magnificent wading birds on their nests. There is a wide array of activities including: courtship display, nest building, egg incubation, and chick feeding. The age of chicks vary from nest to nest; some will be newborns, while others may be slightly older and larger. March through June is the best time of year to see all these behaviors and as a bonus, the birds are in their most beautiful plumage throughout that season. Special thanks to the park for all they do to accommodate the birds and the photographers.

Bird Photo 1
Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/800 second • Aperture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 840 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~30 Feet • Date Shot: 04-07-14

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