Judy Haran  

Spoonbill by Judy Haran

May 2022 - Spoonbill

May 2022 - Judy Haran


About the Image(s)

Like Sherry last month, I had the opportunity to go to Stick Marsh wetlands site on the Florida Atlantic Coast. I went late evening and early morning. While there were at least 100 nesting and flying spoonies, I found the shooting to be quite challenging. The nests were too far for my lens, even with a teleconverter added on. Birds in flight were easier for me, but as they got close, then I had too much lens. I used two cameras. I hope to try again next year. Maybe I should try my FX next time instead of my DX.
The spoonies were gathering a lot of nesting material. They were fascinating to watch as they fought over pieces of branches, the winner flying proudly off. I liked this photo, even though the branch covers the eye. It is similar to another I have with a good eye, but a skinny branch.

Nikon D500, 500PF, f/ 7.1, 1/4000, !SO 1250, handheld

5 comments posted

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Beautiful spoonbill, lovely colors and great detail. I think I might have chosen your photo with the eye showing if it is as good as this one.   Posted: 05/12/2022 10:51:28
Judy Haran   Judy Haran
I think its a toss-up. I think the green leaves make it different.   Posted: 05/12/2022 16:39:24
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Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Yeah, tough decision. That red eye is pretty great, but the greens are nice too. Anyway, lovely spoonbill...I love large, colorful birds.   Posted: 05/12/2022 17:26:05

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I think since Florida photographers see the Spoonbills all the time (and know the implications of trying to get a branch of that size back to the nest is testament to their determination) that we focus on the behavior. I agree that the eye on Spoonbills are incredibly beautiful and add a great deal to a photo, but we look for behaviors as much as the the bird image. If I had a choice on these two I would probably be in Judy's camp. Totally understand why she choose the way she did.

Both images are great nicely done, but I would have chosen the one she did. These birds work hard to make their nests in rookeries and this kind of fortitude is why they can be successful. Not to mention really impress their mates! Nice shots Judy!!   Posted: 05/15/2022 14:59:06

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Two beautiful shots, Judy!

Nothing to add beyond what has already been said.   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:17:00


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