Photography at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

  • November 13, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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EVERYONE - WE ARE MEETING 6:00am IN THE WETLANDS PARKING LOT!

 

UPDATE – with notes from the field

Good morning, folks.  We are going to have amazing fun tomorrow morning! Dress warmly, and I might suggest that you not forget to bring your coffee/tea.

MOST IMPORTANT INFO FIRST: I have pushed our meeting start time up an hour earlier to 6:00 am, Gathering in the Wetlands Parking Lot.  Look for my Silver Ford Explorer.

I've made this change to ensure that we are ready, setup, and
positioned before the sun rises above the horizon when the birds’ first
activities will have begun. Anyone who is unable to meet with us at 6:00 am,
please tell me via email by 7:00 pm tonight. I will then reply to inform
you how I will meet with you at 7:00 am and bring you into our event.  All others (not emailing me), I look forward to seeing you at our new time.

Also note: Everyone must sign and date the attendance sheet – REQUIRED.

 

TIP from Chuck: capturing images of a bird’s (or any other animal’s) behavior is superior to capturing images of posing, postured, stoic
birds (or critters).

 

FIELD NOTES:

TIP from Chuck:  This is how I intend to shoot during this event. You can adapt this info to yourself and to the equipment that you will bring: I will use two camera bodies, onewith my[masked]mm lens which I will use handheld shooting from my vehicle. This is an excellent technique because the birds and critters are already habituated to the vehicles. It is typical that should you step outside your vehicle to shoot, you will spook the creature and lose the shot. My second setup will be shooting with my 500mm f/4, plus various tele-extenders, mounted atop my tripod for shooting distant birds/critters that will be far enough away that they will not be spooked into fleeing.

What can we expect to see and photograph? Here’s a list of actual sightings from my recent scoutings for the event:

• Red-bellied Woodpecker (Note: Observed birds pairing off and nest making behaviors)

• Anhinga

• American Coot

• Caspian Tern (Try capturing them inflight, diving for food, etc.)

• Common Gallinule

• Osprey

• Green Heron

• Pied-billed Grebe

• Great Blue Heron (Note: developing breeding plumage. Observed nest building behaviors)

• Great Egret

• Wood Stork

• American White Pelican

• Roseate Spoonbill

• Sandhill Crane

• Little Blue Heron

You might also encounter bald eagles, scissor-tailed flycatchers, bobcats, river otters, any number of ducks, mergansers, etc. One never knows what will surprise us and grace our lenses.


Some Does and Don’ts

• Always adhere to the One Way traffic patterns that are plainly marked. If you encounter other drivers who aren’t capable of following the traffic pattern, it is recommended that you give them wide birth.

• Never block or obstruct the roadways! Always pull off to one side or the other of the roadway so that traffic can safely pass by.

• Never intrude on any other photographer's space when they are photographing birds/critters. Always wait and ask the photographer for permission to also set up and shoot. This applies when a stealthy approach to the subject is required. Don’t intrude! It is unforgivingly rude!


Picture Submissions:

Please upload up to three of your best images to the event page. Select and identify ONE of the three images as your single favorite from this event. Using the comment field for that image, explain to us why it is your favorite. Tell us what made it your favorite image.

 

See y'all tomorrow!

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  • Chuck K.

    Well, this was certainly our most challenging outing, to date! The high winds, and eventually the blowing and drifting sands (in the wetlands proper) were kind of tough. But we all were tougher to a degree, LOL. The birds at the Dan Click Ponds were quite cooperative. I'm excited at their numbers, this early. May they continue for months to come.

    I also was pleased to meet Paul, Ann, Nancy W. and Manny. Thank you all for joining us, and I hope to see you again, soon.

    2 · November 14, 2013

  • Carole T.

    Sorry for the late notice but big meeting at work suddenly planned and I can't miss.

    November 12, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Carole, I missed you. I completely understand how life sometimes intervenes. I hope to see you again for future outings, very soon.

      November 14, 2013

  • Paul S.

    What a great location to shoot! Poor light and high winds limited our chances of some really great images, but I'm heading back over on Sunday to remedy that! The area is beautiful and when the wind dies down, I can see the potential for some incredible shooting! Chuck, thanks for a great outing. Looking forward to more in the future!

    2 · November 14, 2013

  • nan

    Good windy

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • lars w.

    Yes it certainly windy...hope you were able to get some good snaps.
    Question for Chuck. When you have a moment could you give me a call?[masked]-3200....not concerned about giving my number here since it's all over the net anyway. Thanks.

    November 13, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Windy but much good came from the effort.

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Ann H.

    Windy and a bit chilly, but all worth it!

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • lars w.

    Will not be attending due to illness.

    November 13, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Lars, sorry. Hope that you feel better soon.

      November 13, 2013

  • nan

    confused- do we meet at 6 at wetlands parking lot? or click ponds which I so not know directions, map didn't show?

    November 12, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Hi Nan. We're gathering in the Wetlands Parking Lot.

      November 12, 2013

    • nan

      See you!

      November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have any cancellations, I would love to join you tomorrow.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be great! I am not sure where the Dan Click Ponds are but I can look it up on a map. Look forward to meeting you all.

      November 12, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Nancy, Meet us in the parking lot as described. We will give you specific directions then. See you soon.

      November 12, 2013

  • Minna D.

    I am really confused. been to wetlands many many times. have never seen where Dan Click Ponds are? is that different from wetland ponds area. Tomorrow is supposed to be very very windy.

    November 12, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Hi Minna. I posted a map to this discussion last night that has the Dan Click Ponds identified. I'm sorry that you are unable to join us.

      November 12, 2013

    • Minna D.

      I am still looking to see where it is identified. I need precise directions, will get from one of the members , thanks.

      November 12, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Really looking forward to tomorrow and to meeting everyone.
    Just came down from NC last Friday. Sure enjoying the warmer weather down here. I was photographing Fall colors in WV last week and this week I'm shooting waterfowl! Life is GREAT!

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I am still planning on it - will be dressed for the weather!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Robert C.

    I should be there, if I can get up that early. I'm working until midnite right now.

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Hi Bob. I look forward to seeing you again.

      November 12, 2013

  • nan

    Coming home from mts to go! Looking forward!

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      It will be great to see you both, again!

      November 12, 2013

  • Minna D.

    sorry too early, and will go at a later date.thanks

    November 12, 2013

  • Chuck K.

    A Google Map w/ Markers for the Wetlands Parking Lot (this is where we'll gather) and the entrance to the Dan Click Ponds:

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204820306004786523125.0004eaf1effe292bea112&msa=0&ll=28.228029,-80.7411&spn=0.027035,0.052314

    November 11, 2013

  • Chuck K.

    Hello everyone, we will all gather at the main parking lot for the administrative stuff. There, I will provide additional info as to locations that are available to us and directions to them. Please watch for additional info that I will post tomorrow afternoon. I hope that you're excited!

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Karen S.

      Go due West at the round about off Wickham in Viera. Go west until the road turns to dirt and turns to the left through a gate. The main parking area has port a pots.

      November 11, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Turn right just before the water treatment plant, as though you were going to go on the road under the power lines. There is a pipe gate at the entrance to the Dan Click ponds just before the maintenance buildings for the sod farms. They just mowed so it is pretty nice back there right now.

    November 11, 2013

  • Minna D.

    Where are we meeting? not sure I will be there exactly at 7, but I live very closeby.

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Manny

      There is a new road that runs (parallel) to the right of the Treatment Plant, instead of going through the Plant. Follow that road until it dead ends at the parking lot/entrance to the Wetlands. You can't miss it.

      November 11, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      Thank you, Manny. Everyone should follow the signs (brown) leading to the Wetlands. Look for my silver Ford Explorer.

      November 11, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Obsessed with this area of the county!

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Noreen R.

    So sorry.....I am away but look forward to the next time.

    November 7, 2013

  • Manny

    I can be there for the first two hours.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Janet R.

    My first time - looking forward to it.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Sidney

    I could have attended this since I do not work on Wednesdays but, I am going to be out of town that day. Thank you anyway for doing this on a weekday.

    November 6, 2013

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