Birds

Duck Pond

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Yet another sunset view of Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, CA. At 1/160s, you can see the ripples across the surface of the lake. If I used an ND filter, I could have used a longer shutter, but the ducks would have ended up blurry or ghosted.

Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: 24mm
Shutter: 1/160s

Great Blue Heron

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During a walk past Shoreline Lake, I spotted this Great Blue Heron. Most of the time, I see egrets, so this heron really stood out. However, it was dusk and I only had the Really Right Stuff Pocket ‘Pod with me. I wasn’t sure if the thin railing was stable enough. Additionally, while the bird appeared to be still, at 2.5 seconds, any movement would result in motion blur.

Got lucky on this one.

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Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 300mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 2.5s

Seagull v. Crab

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I think of crabs as being well-protected animals. Between their hard shells and sharp pinchers, I would never have imagined their low position in the food chain until I witnessed this atrocity. This poor crab was not victim to an otter or a stork, but the lowly seagull.

Seagull v. Crab

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 110, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/640s

Sure, the gull may have a strong grip on one of the crab’s legs, but how will it break the shell? Unfortunately for the crab, the answer was gravity. Give the crab a lift and let go.

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Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/640s

Yes, seagulls are violent, vicious killers. Some food for thought the next time you see a seagull circling above.

Great Egret Captures Fish

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I’ve seen Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets around Shoreline Lake, but have never captured a good shot of them feeding. This time, I tracked this Great Egret as it was walking around the lake searching for food. This one caught a good-sized fish. One that was large enough to force it to pause for a few seconds. Slowed down the egret just enough for me to get my photo.

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Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 280, 300mm, f/5.6, 1,1600s

Mallard Duck

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During a late afternoon adventure, a handful of birds flew overhead. No time but to focus and shoot, and hope all ends well. Even without the characteristic green head, I still think it’s a mallard duck.

Mallard Duck

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 300mm, ISO 640, f/8.0, 1/2,000s

Snowy Egret

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I really like the rich, blue color of Shoreline Lake. Lately, I have been experimenting with a polarized lens filter. Through the viewfinder, the effects are quite subtle. I can see a change, but cannot predict the full effect when viewed on the computer. Need more practice with the polarized lens filter, to say the least.

Snowy Egret

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 360, 250mm, f/5.6, 1/1,250s

Mountain View Egrets

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Near the Google offices on Shorebird Way in Mountain View, CA lives a colony of egrets. To protect young egrets that may drop from the trees above, the city has closed down the street.

Shorebird Way Road Closure

This Snowy Egret is perched in one of the trees above Shorebird Way.

Snowy Egret

A few streets down, I spotted this egret hanging out in the Microsoft building.

Microsoft Egret