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Yesterday, drizzle and fog all day and night, today, more of the same….and then, at precisely 4 PM, a cause for celebration, the sun actually poked through, so off I went! Nothing in the pastures, not a single whooping crane to be found, so, not wanting to waste precious sunlight, I headed to Rockport to check the shore line and docks for whatever might be there.
In Fulton Harbor, I spotted a small group of white pelicans standing and preening on the remains of an old cement bulkhead, just a few feet from shore. The setting sun was hitting them at just about the perfect angle, so I set up and decided to stay with them, hoping they would eventually take off and I might just get a decent flight shot.
I think I did!
This one is 4 images stitched together in Photoshop to capture flight takeoff.
On the way back to camp, I did one loop around the pastures and happened to spot a caracara atop a light pole at one of the docks on the bay and stopped to get a few shots.
Cool dreary weather continues but since the start of cabin fever is setting in, I drove out to the pastures again with hopes of snagging a few whooper shots. No such luck again though. In an attempt to keep my photography skills somewhat sharp during this serious lull in the action, I scouted out some of the more drab birds around here that I could get somewhat close to. With no light whatsoever to work with, these are not exactly great photos, but at least they get me thinking as a photographer again, someday this lousy weather will end.
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I suppose the great blue heron doesn’t actually qualify as a truly drab bird, especially if you find him in a rather colorful setting. With a little sunlight, these probably would make for some decent images.