David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Tag Archives: Sunset

Cattle Egret

Stopping by in a local park just to check the activity can be pretty good.  This particular park has a small rookery which I like.  I don’t have to deal with a crowd trying to get a close up view or that keep sake photo.  Especially I don’t have to keep swatting those pesky mosquitoes.

Nikon D800, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/2000’s, ISO 800

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Useless Question

Finally one of those useless questions is answered. How does a wood stork poop in flight? He lowers his legs hoping it keeps it’s feet clean and lets it fly. Taken at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and I barely escaped.


Crested Caracara

It’s been a long time since I’ve ventured out to enjoy some nature. On the way to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge I spotted this Caracara. The clear blue sky didn’t do anything for me so I added some texture.
Nikon D4, 500mm 1.7tc, 1/1000, f/6.7, ISO 200


One Last Prayer

One Last Prayer – Tuesday afternoon (1/20/15) as the sun was close to setting I caught this image. Did the eagle have a sense of what Wednesday would bring? As she bowed her head and said one last prayer looking at the eaglet.

I stood there thinking how good of parents they are to their young. I also wondered how much longer the nest would last in the dead tree praying they would have time to raise this eaglet to fledge one day. I decided to take and capture a full frame shot with as much tree and nest. I’m glad I did.

News today hit me like a ton of bricks. The Pearland eagle’s nest collapsed Wednesday (1/21/15) and the eaglet was found buried in the debris. It was rescued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and taken to a rehab center for evaluation. Hopefully, it is ok and will be released when matured and ready. We can only hope the parents return to the same area next year.

Update: The eaglet is doing good.  They will be moving the eaglet to be raised by a surrogate.

Nikon D4,  500mm + 2.0tc, f/8, 1/1000’s, ISO 560



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


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


Balancing Act

Sometimes I just have to smile at them.  More often than not they tend to pick out some of the most flimsy branches to land on.  It makes for a good photo op as they constantly flap their wings trying to stay in one spot.  A real balancing act.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/7.1, ISO 200, manual exposure


Fading Light

Made a quick trip to High Island Smith Oaks Rookery last Thursday evening.  Just the way I like it with only a few people taking pictures.  With the sun fading behind the tree line most had already left for the day.  There was only one other photographer (Barbara) that was willing to wait it out and catch the last light.  It was pretty neat as the BIF’s activity picked up greatly.  They were coming from all directions to settle for the night.  I was never short of a subject and able to try many different camera settings.  Love to learn.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/8000, f/4, ISO 1000, spot metering


Another Look

ACT_3830webhIt was getting late in the day as we drove down a stretch of road.  It was a nice drive but didn’t have that gotcha landscape look.  We pulled into a little off road cut.  It offered some high rock formations on both sides of the road.  A railroad ran parallel next to this road offering some interesting possibilities.

As the sun started setting I looked down the cut road.  The colors on the rocks along with the sandy red soil were starting to come alive.  Some were through photographing but I felt there was a good possibility of it getting better.  Instead of putting up my gear I chose along with a few others to prolong leaving.  Shortly, as the sun began to set it brought a warm glow to the surrounding area.  Others who had misjudged hurried to set up and make some captures.  Another look became a photo moment.

Nikon D4, Nikon 14-24mm @ 18.0mm, f/22, ISO 100, 3 shot HDR


Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock is one of the most popular formations in Arches National Park.  It can be photographed from different spots giving a totally new perspective.  There are a number of rock formations that you think “is this it” as you drive in the park.  When you see it you’ll know for sure.

The colors change depending on time of day.  This was late afternoon.  The sky was good with interesting clouds.  Wish I had a Big Stopper filter to allow cloud motion.  The color capture was good but there are times when I’m partial to B&W.  I like the dramatic look.

Nice parking with good access.  Take your time and enjoy the other views.  Review, easy access, no oxygen needed.

Nikon D800, f/11, Nikon 14-24mm @ 24mm, 1/80’s, ISO 100, Ev +1