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Yellow-Crowned Night Heron


Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
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Copyright: Stephen Mahlstedt (smahlst) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 10D (since sold), Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS (since sold)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 4:48
Viewed: 3270
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I got this shot of a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron on a short, last-minute trip that I made down to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida. I had a new toy to play with (Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens), and I was getting sick of the cold, winter weather, so on a whim I flew down to Florida for a long weekend. It was in the 60s when I arrived, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I had heard so much about Ding Darling NWR, and I was very excited to make use of my new lens to try to capture some beautiful birds. Ding Darling did not disappoint! How's that for an alliteration? :D I was treated to endless amounts of beautiful water birds when I visited the refuge: ibis, egret, pelicans, herons, roseate spoonbills, etc. It was wonderful!

For this particular shot, I set up my tripod and Wimblerly gimble head on the side of the road, about 30-40 feet from the Night Heron. The park has a nice driving loop which stays close to the water the entire time, so it was easy to spot good locations where I could sit down on the shore and set up the insanely heavy tripod and lens. I used the 400mm lens with a 2X teleconverter, which gave me 800mm at f/5.6 for 1/60 second. The bird was standing relatively still, so the somewhat slow shutter speed and tripod worked in this scenario.

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nice portrait, TFS Ori

Great image Stephen.
This is one we haven't seen much of on Trek Nature.
What a handsome looking bird.
Its quite unlike any other Heron in body shape.
A very interesting subject,finely captured.
Perfect exposure,great colour and detail.
Very nicely taken indeed.
Cheers
Steve

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