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Ron W

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#260398 Size Difference

Posted by Ron W on Yesterday, 09:41 AM

Check out the size difference between these two chicks. I have never seen this much difference in chick size before.

 

D850

Nikkor 600 lens plus 1.4 TC.

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#260345 Down For The Count

Posted by Ron W on 19 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

Playing "Hide and Seek" here. The catfish is on the way down, and  as you can see there is a bulge it the bottom of the anhinga's bill caused by the left pectoral spine of the catfish. Doesn't appear to have caused a puncture though. This was the second catfish I watched this bird catch and eat that day.

 

D500

Nikkor 200-500VR lens

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#260344 Down For The Count

Posted by Ron W on 19 March 2019 - 10:38 AM

As I mentioned earlier, the Anhinga smashes the catfish on the tree limb until it is dead, or at least stops moving its tail, He then proceeds to turn the fish so that he can swallow it head first. Seems to me that eating a catfish of any size would be a risky proposition in view of their shiny pectoral, and dorsal fins. Looks like a good way to puncture something important internally. In any event, it must be safe as I see lots of Anhingas eating lots of catfish. I'll post an image of this one being swallowed momentarily. This is the limb smashing part.

 

D500

Nikkor 200-500 VR lens

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#260286 Not Much To Show For A Lot Of Effort

Posted by Ron W on 15 March 2019 - 08:44 AM

Venice Rookery, Venice , FL

 

D500

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#260265 Great Egret Gets Nod Of Approval From Mate

Posted by Ron W on 14 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

Venice Rookery

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#260264 New, New, Anhinga with Catfish

Posted by Ron W on 14 March 2019 - 10:24 AM

I was lucky enough yesterday to catch this bird on the same tree root killing and eating two small catfish. It was interesting to see how the anhinga killed the catfish by repeatedly pounding it on a large root till it stopped moving. It then turned the fish headfirst and began the laborious  task of swallowing it.

 

D500

Nikkor 200-500VR lens

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#260251 New Anhinga With Regular "Ol Bank Catfish

Posted by Ron W on 13 March 2019 - 09:56 PM

Wife and I went back to the Venice Rookery this afternoon. The light was pretty good most of the day, this image was shot through mangrove roots on top, left and right, that an OOF mangrove to the left of the bird.  Water droplets are from bird emerging from underwater.

 

D500

Nikkor 200-500VR lens handheld.

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#260227 Great Egret

Posted by Ron W on 13 March 2019 - 11:26 AM

Another cloudy day shot, pretty high ISO.

 

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Nikkor 200-500VR lens

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#260133 Cloudy Day GBH

Posted by Ron W on 08 March 2019 - 10:13 AM

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#260131 This Is What Nearly Drove This Species Into Extinction

Posted by Ron W on 08 March 2019 - 09:52 AM

The millinery trade nearly drove the Great Egret to extinction in the mid to late 1800's. Their lacy plumes were much sought after for women's hats.Judging by their presence at the Venice Rookery, they're making a recovery.

 

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#260124 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Ron W on 06 March 2019 - 03:44 PM

 

Dennis?  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Dennis.....Mark, Mark,Mark....sorry about that Dennis, uhh, uhh,.... Mark. I was in a hurry Mark.




#260113 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Ron W on 06 March 2019 - 08:04 AM

It does add the dimension of speed to the photograph. When I first started photographing the race cars, I figured that a high shutter speed would produce more usable images, but I quickly learned that it froze the wheel motion so they looked as though the car could be sitting still. I found that I get fewer keepers using  these relatively slow shutter speeds, but the keepers are much nicer. 1/160th is about the slowest that I've been able to use and 1/200th seems to be a little bit better.




#260110 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Ron W on 06 March 2019 - 07:42 AM

Nice work there Ron.

Thank you Peter. I'll be following Team McLaren in F1 this year as well.




#260097 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Ron W on 04 March 2019 - 08:40 PM

Here's a better view of the wheels.

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#260093 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Ron W on 04 March 2019 - 05:34 PM

Yesterday was tricky, sun disappearing behind clouds, then suddenly reappearing. I also experimented with shutter speeds in an effort to show movement in the wheels, while at the same time keeping the image of the car in sharp focus. This one was shot at 1/200 of a second, f10,

 

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Nikkor 200-500VR lens

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