Three days in Rockport/Fulton, Texas last week was time well spent as five people joined me to photograph whooping cranes and several other species, mostly from Kevin Sims’s boat the Jumping Jack Flash. Sunny skies and warm temperatures kept everybody comfortable, but the weather was a little too bright for ideal photo conditions. Nevertheless, the group had great success, so who am I to complain.
Here are a few of my images from the trip. Don’t forget to click on a photo to enlarge and sharpen it for viewing.
Sometimes you just can’t get the bird wings in sync.
Always be aware that good things can happen when you photograph wildlife while shooting into the sun.
This very cooperative young peregrine falcon held his position while everyone captured many frames of this once-in-a-lifetime pose as we boated along in choppy waves on the last morning of our shoot.
Each afternoon, we worked away from the boat to photograph wildlife at some of the many nice parks and habitats in the Rockport area.
Lots of ducks and wading birds winter in the Rockport area.
It had been awhile since I’d seen a male ruddy duck going into breeding plumage.
I had a little too much lens power for this shot, but I wasn’t expecting a pelican to go after a cormorant. Actually, the cormorant surfaced near the pelican and was carrying a fish in its bill. The pelican was trying to take it but there was no time to downsize lenses even though I had the 100-400 mm around my neck.
Instead of making this image from the tripod, I laid down on the boardwalk to improve the perspective between me and the bird. The lower angle worked much better.
No whooping crane trip is complete until we’ve photographed around the harbors at sunset. We got the boats coming into harbor, unloading and docking for the night.
This was a tricky shot in soft light after sunset with a one foot chop on the water. To smooth the water surface, I selected a long exposure to blur the waves into a smooth, pleasing foreground surface. It wouldn’t have worked if the boats had been rocking on the waves. All but one were securely moored.
Join me next winter for a week with the cranes.