Shows you how long its been since I've posted any pictures around here.
I went to the Reader's Gallery and couldn't find the damn "Post New Thread" button....
Anyways... for those not familiar, every year I make a trek to the Gulf Coast for the family vacation. While the kids and wife enjoy the beach, I grab my gear and wander the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge
This year, the vacation was short and the wildlife not as active. Tons of gulls, sandpipers and pelicans but oddly not very many active Great Blue Herons. The Osprey population is still present with at least four working the Mobile Bay side of the Refuge daily. Unfortunately, they aren't very photogenic and made sure the sun was to their backs as they flew by.
Here are three pictures that stood out amongst the handful of keepers I captured over the past few days. I try to challenge myself each year with a task and this year it was to capture a sandpiper as it flew off to safety and to capture a gull as it swooped down to get a sip of water. The third was the result of chasing this little guy up and down the beach for about an hour until I could get a good shot.
All shot handheld with the Canon 1D Mark III with 300mm f2.8 and 2x adapter in tow. Thanks for looking.
Very cool! Didn't think 2x will give such sharp stuff.
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Excellent! I never cease to be amazed at the sharpness (and price) of this lens.
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Very good work, 'Top. Especially like the gull skimming the water.
Very nice ! Especially the 1st one with the position of the wings great timing.
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Great stuff George showing 3 distinctliy different shots/angles. I love the 300 2.8. I might add a little canvas to the top of #1?
Excellent shots. I like the simplicity of your compositions, that show the birds to best advantage.
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