The weather remains unseasonably warm in south Texas, but we had a couple of cool days in December. I drove out to the coast once just after Thanksgiving and twice more in the last ten days…just before and after last week’s 4-day “sentence” to jury duty, ugh.
I hope you photographers can squeeze in some field time during the holidays. Enjoy the season.
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I was fortunate to locate a pair of endangered Aplomado Falcons just after Thanksgiving. They were busy feeding and getting ready to roost when I saw them at sundown. These photos were done with a Canon 7D and 500 mm lens from a bean-bag on the car window. The flight shots were done at 1/2500 second, f 6.3 and ISO 400.
I shot these white-tailed deer pics with the Canon 1D Mark III and Canon 7D cameras and Canon 100-400 mm lens, hand-held. Hand-holding the zoom lens gives me great flexibility for getting into position to catch shots that have to be done in a hurry, often with the buck coming at me. I started at ISO 400 about an hour before sundown and gradually increased the ISO to 800 at sunset. All the while, I was trying to maintain as much shutter speed as possible to aid the “image stabilizer” in eliminating lens/camera vibration. So, my shutter speed decreased from 1/2000 second to 1/250 second during that last hour of sunlight.
Thirteen wild turkey strolled by while I was photographing deer. They paused long enough for me make a few images just before sunset.
The redhead ducks were back on the Laguna Madre around South Padre Island. I was fortunate to catch a few coming to the island marshes for fresh water.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. Have a Happy Holiday Season.
2 thoughts on “South Texas Critters in December”
Oh my, I love the Aplomado…it’s just awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your magnificent work. Sure wish I could get down there, but even tho I’m out of school, I’ve still been busy….go figure!!! You and Glenda have an awesome New Year….blessings to all….sylvia ☺
Glad you like the falcons. It took several years to get these shots.
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