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Now that my trip to the Eastern Sierras chasing Fall color is out of my system I’m turning my mind and focus on the winter migration and the birds that will be flocking to the Central Valley. Some Sandhill Cranes have already arrived as well as a small flock of White Pelicans. We saw the Sandhill Cranes, but they are ever shy and kept far away from the observation areas so, I didn’t get the shot I have envisioned this time around.
As you know the bulk of what I shoot is landscape so shooting flying birds is something I have to relearn as well getting my camera settings worked out!
I struggled yesterday with camera settings! Thankfully 2 good friends helped me out or I wouldn’t have had one sharp shot.
I’ll be practicing a lot between now and Jan. when most the migrating birds are here. Hopefully I’ll have a better keeper rate by then. My keeper rate from yesterday is down right embarrassing!

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 80-200mm @ 170mm| f5.6| 1/1250sec| ISO 500| Manual Mode| Hand-held

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4 Comments

  1. Well, you nailed this one Deborah. Great exposure and composition. We have a similar bird called the Cattle egret which was introduced many years ago. They are now considered pests since they compete with the natives. They also create a hazard at the airports for obvious reasons. Still though, they are fun to watch, a little clumsy on land, but graceful in the air.

    • Thank you so much Wayne! My friend Rainey just shot (with a camera) a Cattle Egret the same day I shot this one. She was thrilled! Really they’re not native there. Interesting!
      I agree they are beautiful to watch. You have some great birds there I’d love to try and capture. Maybe someday. ^–^!

  2. Perfect Deborah!!


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