Great Egret (2, and a Snowy looking on): Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — Nothing so elegant as a Great Egret in display. After taking a 1000 shots of the Snowy Egrets dancing on the water one morning at Blackpoint Drive, I turned to concentrate on the Great Egret action…trying to catch wings open and some of the confrontational displays. Again, this was in a pool where there were at least 50 Snowies and 25 Great’s feeding avidly, so I had non-stop action to choose from. Spoiled for choice! OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm IS zoom at 454mm equivalent. Program mode with my birds in flight and action modifications. -0.3EV. Processed in Photomator.
Bohemian Waxwing: York County, Maine, USA, February 2024 — I have been back to the area where I saw this Bohemian Waxwing feeding with a flock of Robins on Sunday, several times now, in hopes of finding more, or at least finding a flock of Cedar Waxwings. Nothing doing. I have not seen either since the first sighting. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching Waxwings feed. They are so elegant and so acrobatic in their single-minded pursuit of the sweetest fruit. OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Photomator.