David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

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


9 responses to “Roseate Spoonbill

  1. Mary Strong-Spaid June 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Great shot! As if hanging motionless in mid-air…

  2. lylekrahn June 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful shots of beautiful birds. I’ve never seen them other than on photos.

    • dda53 June 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Lyle. They are interesting to watch and interact. The clapping of their bills sound like two pieces of hollow wood hitting each other. You hear their squawking from a distance at the rookery.

  3. theandreweverett June 17, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Awesome captures, looks like the trek was definitely worth it.

  4. selah June 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    that is a beautiful bird.

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