In this week’s article, there is only a new different bird and two new stories that didn’t appear in the last Photo selection articles. It is the Great cormorant and its story and the Great Egrets that were photographed on a different day from an illegal place. (shhh!)
The Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) moved from the lake to the small river beside it when the weather got cold and the water started to freeze. This was a good opportunity for me to get closer shots with this Cormorant that was drying his black feathers in the warmish light that the sun was casting. I am still going after a shot with a cormorant swallowing a fish but until that day I will be satisfied with some close-ups also. I didn’t need all the 600mm reach for this shot so I’ve used only 400mm allowing me to use F6. I see now I have chosen a shutter speed of 1/800 sec. but for this still subject, I could have used less to get the base ISO. In this case, my auto ISO has raised its value to ISO 280 which is not so bad either.
In order to get the following shots of the Great egrets (Ardea alba) I had to do something I have never done but I can’t promise I won’t do it again. I was walking along the side of the lake when I have noticed a group of Great Egrets was close to one side of the lake, a great opportunity for a closer shot. Unfortunately that part of the lake is privately owned and that meant I had to trespass in order to reach the birds. I could not help myself and because I will not hurt anyone by doing this I went in to see if I can get in a good position. I did not spend much time there and after this experience, I tried to find out who is the owner of this place so I can ask his permission next time but unfortunately I didn’t find it. I was closer to the Egrets than I’ve ever been but the strong sun and their white plumage gave me a hard time in getting the shots that I would have wanted. In this picture, I’ve got a great action scene when two of the birds had an argument but technically could get some improvement. I’ve used F6.3, 1/1250 sec. shutter speed and the ISO was raised to ISO 320.
For this Lapwing (Vanellus
Next picture of the Mute swan (Cygnus olor) has the exact same setting used even though it was a different day except the focal length used which in this case was at 460 mm.
In this case, where the juvenile Mute swan (Cygnus olor) gave me this great
For this next one taken in the same day lowering the shutter speed to 1/800 sec. and with a bit more light from the sun, I got an ISO of 1000 which is way better tha ISO 3600, not as much noise in the picture.
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