BZ's Birds in Flight 4

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OK, time for more birds! Tried to mix it up a bit - post shots which are a bit different. This set consists of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Canada geese, Black-crowned Night Heron, crows, pigeon, sea gulls, White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, ducks, Tern, and some other misc birds.

Used a Nikon D200 w/ a 70-300mm VR lens. Shot in shutter priority exposure mode, with continuous autofocus.
- Bernard Zee

Coming right at you!

The big leap

A patch of blue sky

Hazy background


Get away!!

Kain Pei! (Bottoms up)

Tip toe landing

Baby duckies

Tag, you're it!

Seagull Majesty.
Breaking from tradition, I'll say a few words about this one. Everybody takes pictures of seagulls when first trying their hand at 'birds in flight' photography. There are countless pictures of seagulls out there. This is in part because they are not shy around people, they are plentiful, they fly a lot, they fly in fairly predictable patterns, and their speed is not too fast.
Even though seagull pics are a dime a dozen, I will still photograph them. For one, it's good practice...especially when nothing else is in the air. The challenge I set for myself though, is to get the bird with a nice context background. This is hard to do. Why? The birds fly wherever they feel like, and it almost never lines up with where I want it to be! It's not like I can pose them...
I'm particular happy about this shot. It's a simple thing, but it has taken me a long time to get it!

The 3 Amigos, the remake.

The Old Mariner

Try not to get the wings wet.

Golden Lit Canada Geese

Oh Yeah!
I was really excited to get this shot! Right distance, right height, autofocus was spot on, lined up great with the hills in the back. I've been trying to get a shot like this for a long time, but something was always a bit (or a lot) off! I'm savoring this one. Ahhhhhhhh. :-)

On Golden pond.

I only have twigs for you.

Black Crow down.
Taken at Pt. Reyes National park.

Fear my ponytail!
From the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve area


Hit and run attack.

Flying in a circle.


Anyone have a hairbrush?

Flying with a Crick in the neck

Seagull in review
This area was along a creek which lead out to the Ocean, about half hour north of Santa Cruz. My kids went there earlier in the year as part of their week long 'Science' camp.

Smooth Flyers.

Seagull Tessellation.

Coastal cruisers.

A trio of squawkers.

In Search of Fish.
Back to the Palo Alto Baylands.

Have Beak will Fly.

Two ducks are better than one.

Seriously pretty.

Look me in the eye when you say that!

The Raven.