Bird Photography in Southwest Florida

It is that time of the year where the birds are in breeding plumage and busy with the nesting season.  I went out and photographed for about 5 days recently and this is what I was able to capture.  These are photographed around Bradenton all the way to Venice, Florida.

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Elegance

After a short break, it felt great to finally to go out with my gear and do some photography.  The first stop I made was the Venice Rookery.  It was cold, windy and cloudy most of the evening.  I was lucky enough to have some break where everything came together.  I managed to captured the following images on the first visit at the rookery.  Both images shot with 7DII + 200-400mm @ 1/1600, f/8, ISO500.

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Chicago Air and Water Show 2015

It was my first time attending and photographing the Chicago Air and Water show.  I arrived at the Oak Beach a little early and was able to locate a decent spot to allow me photographing this event.  For more information of the show, please visit here. Here is one of the images captured at the event.  It was an eye opening and a great learning experience.

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Eastern Screech Owl – Gray Morph

This was my first gray morph Eastern Screech Owl pair that I photographed early this year.  It was also the first nest that I got to witness the entire fledging process.  Adult flew in and posed next to the nest on this branch and was staring at the photographers.  One by one, the baby left the nest and flew into the palm tree to join the parents.  It was an amazing experience to have witnessed the entire process.

Here is an adult looking back at the photographers.

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Adult landed on the side of the nest trying to encourage the owlets to take the first step.

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Frontal pose

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1Dx | 200-400L | 1/160 | f/10 | ISO10000 | Better Beamer

Whoo Is Ready To Fly?

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This was one of the Eastern Screech Owl nests that I photographed this season.  Unfortunately, I only was able to visit this site twice this year.  On the second day, shortly after I started photographing this owlet, it climbed up to the top of the heart shape cavity.  It was standing there for a little bit and was paying attention to my right.  Shortly after, it took off and flew away to the nearby oak tree.  Next year, I will make sure to spend more time at the nest.

1Dx | 200-400L | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO2000 | Better Beamer

 

New Website

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I have always wanted to learn more about WordPress but never took the time to learn and study the concept.  Go Daddy was offering the hosting of the WP site for $1/month so I signed up and forced myself to start learning more about it.  I must say, putting together a site like mine is really simple.  Therefore, I have decided to move away from SmugMug and started my own site.  I will be adding new work to my galleries.  This will also get me to write a quick blog about each image.

To celebrate to launch of the new site, here is one of my favorite screech owl shots from this year.  I spent majority of my time capturing images of Screech Owls from several nests.  It was totally worth it.

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“I discovered a nesting pair of screech owls in an area a friend dubbed Fern Lake. The nest was in a grand oak and the limbs were covered with resurrection ferns which were really green from the wet winter we had been having. I set up a blind and monitored the nest over a period of weeks. I was fortunate enough to be there just as the baby owls started to emerge and land on the fern laden oak limbs. This little owl notice my movement and was peeking over the fern to see what was going on. 1Dx, 200-400L @ 300mm, 1/160, f/6.3, ISO3200, filled flash, manual, on tripod in the hide. Wild, Not Captive, Not Called, Not Baited”