David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Egret – Hunger Pains

These egrets are interested in one thing, feeding time.  It can be very competitive as noticed in the second photo.  They develop fast as the parents have to continuously bring back food.  Notice underneath the wings where it is still dark, the feathers are still growing.  It won’t be long before they are up and out on their own gathering food each day.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/4000, EV -1.67, ISO 320, manual exposure


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/5000, EV -1.67, ISO 320, manual exposure


Egret – Unhappy Camper

This young egret had just been fed and apparently didn’t get enough.  It had a real attitude and was looking down at it’s parent who just made the escape.  The way it was dancing around signaled any day it was going to take flight.  Maybe that is why it wasn’t being fed much, to encourage the first flight.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/8.0, 1/5000, EV -1.67, ISO 320, manual exposure


Spoonbill – In Flight

A few more of the Spoonbills in flight.  Turns out the skeeter bites weren’t too bad and I ended up with some pictures to keep.  Enjoy!

Nikon D4, 500mm, F/7.1, 1/8000, EV -1.67, ISO 500





Roseate Spoonbill

Made a quick trip to High Island last Thursday afternoon.  Wanted one more chance at the rookery and evening light.  The usual road in was now locked as of May 15th.  Hmm, drove around to the other entrance and the skeeters were waiting for me.  After spraying down I started out on a trail I haven’t been on.  It was going to be a long walk through the woods with multiple trails leading in several different directions.  Ahh, iPhone to the rescue.  The GPS gave me a sense of direction which helped me pick the trail.  Finally made it to the opening that I reconized so the rest of the way was no problem.  I was just hot and tired asking myself if I should be doing this….the answer came back, yes.  I could tell there wasn’t anymore upkeep and the vegetation was taking over the paths.

Rabbits everywhere on the trail and in the brush.  I stopped to rest and took a few pictures since they posed as if to say “take my picture.”  Finally, on the levy walking to my desired location.  Sure enough, the vegetation is growing on the path and the skeeters are chasing me.  Looking around I was disappointed as I set the tripod down.  I was hoping for more but I knew better, it was too late in the season and most have left the nest.  But, there were still some late bloomers.  Not the best for taking shots but I’d give it a go.  Most of the opportunities were flight shots.  After practicing with different settings I headed back out.  These two are  Roseate Spoonbill’sI’ll post more at a later time.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/8000, EV -1.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/5000, EV -1.67, ISO 500


Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

While visiting my mother in-law in early May I notice some hummingbirds gathering by the feeders.  I figured they were migrating through and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity of photographing one.  Since this was more of a family gathering I didn’t bring my usual equipment.  I got pretty close to the hummers and just waited and watched them come and go.  I tried as I might but is wasn’t easy holding the D4 and 70-200 for long periods of time hoping one would come into my focal plane.  I took a large number of shots but will only keep this one.  I know they will be back in September so I’ll be ready.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm @ 95mm, f/2.8, 1/2000, SB-900, ISO 200


Portrait – White Ibis

While taking some pictures of baby alligators this White Ibis decided to check me out.  So I turned and gave him one shot.
D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500, SB900, -0.67 ISO 1250


Red-shoulder Hawk – Surprise

After slowly walking around Brazos Bend State Park 40-Acre Lake, Doug Haass and I were about to leave the trail.  Doug quickly said hawk and pointed to the tree.  Not sure why the hawk didn’t spook because we walked up real close to its perch.  Both of use slowly got into a better position for a better appearance.  Well, he decided to hang around a little while.  My tripod wasn’t set up for the shots causing my back to almost holler uncle.  When I was about to straighten up and adjust the tripod he took off – away from us much to my dismay.  What happen next was real odd.  He flew, without slowing down, right into an oak tree which was more like a thick bush and almost disappeared.  One wing was spread out as the rest of his body was into the thick branches.  I thought he was going to break a wing or hurt himself with the force he landed.

As quickly as he flew into the tree he came out.  I totally missed his exit.  After coming out he turns directly towards us which surprised me.  He’s coming fast and filling my frame.  The D4 is set for 10fps and I only manage 6 shots.  Three were fully in the frame.  Not sharp to my liken but I will share.  Ahhhh, what a rush!

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1000, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/800, EV -0.67, ISO 500


In Search Of

This past Saturday, I made an early morning trip to Brazos Bend State Park where I met up with fellow photographer Doug Haass.  We were looking for the baby alligators that hadn’t been seen for a couple of days.  After searching for awhile Doug spotted one tucked into some plant growth.  There were at least two or three.  One came out for a quick look but didn’t stay long before disappearing.  I think they are on their own.  Mama is no where to be found.

The first picture is Doug walking the trail.  That’s a heavy load but it’s the tools of the trade.  (Notice how nice that Canon looks when it’s taken by a Nikon – ;-).  The second is the baby alligator coming out for a quick peak.  The next two ( Red-eared Slider Turtle and Dragon Fly) were taken with a 2.0 teleconverter.  Still working with that set up under different conditions.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 500, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/250, ISO 800, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 800, EV -0.33, SB900 with Better Beamer