Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ft. Myers Beach Bird Photography - Watery Wednesday

I have been to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 4-5 times but only twice with a camera. For birders this place is an excellent location to see many species of shorebirds including the Long-billed Curlew (see last post for a pic of a Long-billed Curlew). For a photographer this place is as good as it gets. If you are not fortunate enough to have a long lens, a 300 mm lens is plenty for almost all of the species. I use a 70-300 and in many situations I don't use all of the power. There are tons of backgrounds to work with from greens and blues to reflections of colorful hotels in the water. Wading in the water is key in this location and as this is a coastal saltwater lagoon there is no need to worry about gators.

This is a Great Egret against a nice dark green background. The background is created by mangroves.

This Tricolored Heron was fishing in a channel where the water that fills up the lagoon comes from.

This is a Reddish Egret. I sat and waited for him to come closer and eventually he got so close I was getting head shots with a 300 mm lens.

Check out more great Watery Wednesday posts here.

23 comments:

Bim said...

The first photo is extremely elegant - love the other ones, too. I've never seen a tri-colored heron.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful when the birds cooperate. ;-) Lovely photos.

Martha said...

Nice birds. I haven't seen the tricolored heron before. He looks similar to the great blue that I am familiar with.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Love the pictures.It's hard to NOT get a good bird photo,there,isn't it?

A New England Life said...

Nice bird shots. The egret is my fave as I've always loved seeing them when we've been in Florida.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

Lovely photos but the one of the Great Egret has to be my favourite. I love the reflection you have caught.

Margaret

Gill - That British Woman said...

great photos, but the second one is my favourite.

Gill in Canada

kayleen said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the head feathers of the Reddish Egrets.

Nebraska Birding

me ann my camera and Riel and her camera said...

What great pictures. That heron is simultaneously homely, awkward-looking and absolutely gorgeous!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Good camera work. It sounds and looks like its not the type of camera you can just stick in you shirt pocket. Although photographers these days have a camera for all occasions it seems.

litlit said...

They are all beautiful, thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Wednesday

Bryan said...

Great captures! That first one has a great color. I see you were using a 70-300mm lens, but what make is it?

Tricia said...

Such clarity in your photos - Great shots!!!

Guy D said...

Great shots, I love the reflection in the first one, fantastic.

Hope your having a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

2sweetnsaxy said...

You captured them all beautifully!
:-)

Kelly said...

Lovely photos...love the red in the Tricolored's eye.

The Right Blue said...

I am very taken with that Tricolored Heron. I don't think I've seen one of those before.

Laurieluc said...

What great shots. I do learn so much about the different kinds of birds--love it!

ms toast burner said...

Oh egrets are one of my most favourite bird! What wonderful photos of them and the heron too!

Excellent blog as well. Thumbsup!

amanda said...

Great shots, I have seen the tricolor but never the red (although a friend of mine got a great shot of one!)Have a great WW!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love your birds. That first photo of the egret on the green water background is so lovely. Thank you.

Eric Ripma said...

@Bryan: I used a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens.

Lilli & Nevada said...

these are beautiful photos of the birds