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).
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)
• American Coot
• Caspian Tern (Try capturing them inflight, diving for food, etc.)
• Common Gallinule
• 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!
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!