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Sunday, February 6, 2011

San Diego Zoo: Post 2 – The Birds

As always I spent a good half of the time at the San Diego Zoo in the aviaries. Birding in those large bird cages makes it so easy to get nice shots and perfect practise for the eventual trip to the Amazon Rainforest (on my very long list of places I want to go).

Because these birds are so tame and because they are in a confined space I will spend quite a bit of my memory cards room on multiple photos of the same bird. I play with my settings on the camera to see what works and what does not work. By practicing in this relatively controlled environment I hope to have less screw-ups when in the wild where second chances are few and far between.

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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/800 – APERTURE 10 – ISO 1000 – WITH A -1 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
HAMMERHOP


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/800 – APERTURE 10 – ISO 500 – WITH A -1 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
RACQUET TAILED ROLLER


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/800 – APERTURE 10 – ISO 3200 – WITH A -2/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
BLUE BELLIED ROLLER


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/800 – APERTURE 4 – ISO 640 – WITH A -1/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
SOUTHERN BALD IBIS


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/640 – APERTURE 4 – ISO 640 – WITH A -2/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
ANHINGA


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/50 – APERTURE 4 – ISO 3200 – WITH A -1 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE UNIDENTIFIED BIRDIE


After the time spent in the darker areas of the shadowed aviaries I always end up taking some photos of the brighter waterbirds. With most of their time usually spent on water (which is reflective) and not hiding under trees taking photos of the water birds is usually a bit easier. With more light to work with it allows for some sharp images that is if I can get them to stay still.

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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/640 – APERTURE 11 – ISO 320 – WITH A 1 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
EURASIAN WIGEON


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/640 – APERTURE 11 – ISO 800 – WITH A -1/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
RUDDY DUCK


Although this photo isn’t as exciting as the Flightless Cormorant photo I took on my recent Galapagos Island trip I thought this female Cormorant looked proud to be sitting on her, what looked to be, newly made nest.

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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/0 – APERTURE 0 – ISO – WITH A 0 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
CORMORANT


Of course after the aviaries I always spend some time taking photos of the flamingos, which is inevitably my favourite bird at the zoo. The colors on these birds, the deep pinks and bright oranges, are just memorizing to me. No other animals speaks to me in the way that the flamingo does and I think that love shows through with some of these photos.

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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/800 – APERTURE 7.1 – ISO 200 – WITH A -1/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
JUVENILE LESSER FLAMINGO


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/1600 – APERTURE 7.1 – ISO 200 – WITH A -1 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
GREATER FLAMINGO


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CAMERA 7D – LENS 500mm f/4 IS USM – SHUTTER SPEED 1/5000 – APERTURE 4 – ISO 200 – WITH A -1/3 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
COLOR TREATED GREATER FLAMINGO

2 comments:

lilmansworld said...

wingdinger :) just looked at your moms posts about this lol

paul peggy zeus said...

Strange pose of the Anhinga, but gorgeous!

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