Friday, November 11, 2011

Gooseberry Prior to the Rains

I visited Gooseberry on November 10, prior to the rains coming.  Sunrise was basically dreary, with looking toward the Northeast, there was a little color in the sky.- Gooseberry dreary sunriseD7K_8526 November 10, 2011 NIKON D7000
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I noticed on the beach, a female eider, just sitting there.  - Common Eider 2 D3B_8357 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3SThe interesting part about it is that the eider allowed me to approach it closely.  When I got up to close it just got up and walked about 5 feet further down the beach and lay down again.  Because the side or was proving to be "friendly", I went and set up my tripod with my 500 mm lens along with a 1.7 tele-converter.  I was able to take multiple photographs of this bird from many different angles.  - D3B_8330 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3S- D3B_8333 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3S- D3B_8384-Edit November 10, 2011 NIKON D3SI opened the  legs of my tripod, so it was right down on the sand and I laid on the sand, or watching the eider.  When the tide came in and went around the eider, it stood up and has the tide receded, it sat back down again.
I went over from the Eastside of the island to the West side by the parking lot, and sat on the fence with my tripod in lens in front of me.  A song sparrow jumped up onto the bush and presented me with a a nice portrait shot.- D3B_8463 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3S
Observing over the water would by binocular's, I noticed a common loon out on the water.  The loon instead of swimming and diving for food, was preening itself.  I knew that most of the time when a bird is in the water preening, it will open and flapped its wings when it is finished.  I kept my lens and camera focused on the loon, and was able to capture photographs of the loon with its wings outspread. - D3B_8473 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3S - Copy
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- D3B_8484 November 10, 2011 NIKON D3S - Copy I definitely was happy because they were  different pictures than I usually obtain one when I photograph loons on the water.

My caveat is sit and watch and learn what the animals do in certain situations, and then be ready to take a picture,