David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: June 2014

Lean and Mean or Heavy and Happy

We made a trip to visit with my mother in-law this weekend.  Since there is always an abundance of small birds I decided to travel lean and mean with my D4 and 500mm.  Sure would like to have that decision back and instead travel with more gear – heavy and happy.  While walking around the property I notice by the garden that the bumble bees were in full pollination mode.  I don’t think I have seen that many bumble bees at any one time.

I would have preferred using the D800 and 105mm macro lens.  It would have allowed me to get closer with more mobility.  The 500mm wasn’t idle but I made due and ended up with a few keepers.  No birds, just bees made for a pretty good time.  Yes, heavy and happy next time.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1000’s, ISO 900, spot meter, -1.33 Ev


Skip To My Lou

Growing up I remember singing childhood songsWatching the spoonbills fly into their nest reminded me of one of these special songs.  As they come in low and through the bushes they work their legs as if they are singing “Skip To My Lou”.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/6.3, ISO 200, Ev -2.0


Just A Snooze

Waiting for eggs to hatch can be a tough job.  What to do, take a snooze.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/4000’s, Auto ISO 220, manual


Cattle Egret

On Facebook I follow Birds of Texas.  I like it because it is simply a place to post, talk and share bird activities in Texas.  It gives me a chance to see and learn what others are doing.  On occasion I learn of a new area that may be close.  Resoft County Park near Alvin, Texas is a new place I’m going to start checking out.  I had no idea it was only a few miles from my parents house so now my camera will start coming along for the ride.  There is a lake with some islands in the middle which makes for a nice little rookery.  Most of the nesting birds are Cattle Egrets.  Adding another location to visit is a good thing.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000’s, Auto ISO 140, manual exposure