David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: October 2013

Crested Caracara

Late one day I decided to take a quick trip to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.  Traveling along the back roads I try to focus farther out.  This allows me to scan both sides of the road many times with out swinging my head side to side.  Plus it makes for a safer drive.  Seeing the Caracara from a distance I was able to slowly approach with my camera out the window and ready.  After taking a lot of shots it became a waiting game.  Who was going to flinch first.  He did and flew away from me.  Oh well, there is always another day.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/6400’s, Ev -1.67, ISO 320


“The Race Is On”

Every time I look at these pictures I think of the George Jones’s song “The Race is On”.  The front-runner stole a piece of crab from an Ibas and now its in jeopardy of being stolen again.  I can’t get the lyrics out of my head.  “Well the race is on and here comes Pride up the backstretch Heartaches a-going to the inside…”

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2500s, EV -1.0, ISO 500



Alligator – Spot Light

With the levels low a large number of alligators gathered in one area.  Their fishing skills were good but, of course, I was always looking the wrong direction.  The early morning sun was blocked by the trees casting a dark shadow.  However, there were a few small spots that offered some good light and it was just a matter of time before one slowly moved into position.  Sometimes you just have to wait it out.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/2500’s, ISO 1600


White-eyed Vireo

Made a trip back to Lafitte’s Cove, Galveston before all the migrants passed through heading south for the winter.  It must of been White-eyed Vireo day.  They certainly outnumbered all the others.

Nikon D800, 500mm, f/4, 1/250’s, ISO 1250


Nikon D800, 500mm, f/4, 1/250’s, ISO 1600