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Where: Chincoteague, VA • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Notes: One of my favorite things to photograph during the “hot light” in the middle of the day is action. This image, chosen for the month of March in the 2017 iPhotoBirds CALENDAR, is a prime example. The abundant light insists on a fast shutter speed to compensate, ideal for capturing fast movement. In those hours, shadows and contrast become more prominent, but they can be adjusted in post processing to some degree. The water filled ditches along our coastal roadsides are often a good place to search for such an opportunity. Typically the narrow span of water provides just enough distance from the subject, that it will remain comfortable and undisturbed. Natural looking images can only be captured when the animal is doing what they naturally do, and they must be content with your presence and distance. There is always an initial period of alertness, but patience, silence and stillness will bring a return too calmness. That is always worth waiting for. Then, with the camera set for fast action, the subject begins to hunt again. Egrets and Herons use a stealthy approach to gathering food. They stand nearly motionless by the edge of the water, watching for a passer-by. Then in a swift motion, they spear or grab their prey. Then with a quick toss, the catch is turned head first for easy swallowing. They feed mainly on small fish, minnows, frogs, crustacean, small mammals and the occasional reptile. It is always entertaining to sit and watch these amazing animals doing what they were made to do.

Bird Photo 1
Snowy Egret

Small Bird Photo 2

iPhotoBirds Print Great Egret (GREG-H-8463)

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/2500 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 10-11-09

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