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.
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.
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
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.
“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”