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Jul 02, 2017 18:56 |  #1

I set out to photograph Least Terns nesting and decided to use the teleconverter for more reach. These are small birds and I prefer to stay well back from them at this critical time. Their nesting area is roped off so I placed my ground pod outside the ropes and waited. For the most part the female was laying on her eggs, with an occasional visit from her mate to feed her or take over while she took a break. These images represent a burst of images taken as a Ghost Crab strolled too close to the nest. Most of the Terns tactics for defense involves wing posturing, but this Crab got a more physical lesson. I think crabs are more of a threat to the Terns chicks than their eggs but these birds were putting this one on notice. This all happened in my direction, meaning that the 700mm I was shooting at was way too much reach for this kind of action, shame too, these could have been some of the best shots I've managed to date. The ground pod is a great tool for ground shooting but when the terrain is uneven there's bound to be shots with foreground vignetting. It's kind of an artsy effect but I would have preferred to have had unobstructed shooting. It was a wild 20 seconds or so, never saw a crab fly before.

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Jul 02, 2017 19:34 |  #2

What an excellent series you have here Steve. I especially love #2 & #4 with #4 being off the charts. I think the crop really works well to highlight the action. Great job!


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Jul 02, 2017 19:40 |  #3

I agree the action was captured very well. Nice set


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Jul 02, 2017 19:43 |  #4

Candor wrote in post #18392806 (external link)
What an excellent series you have here Steve. I especially love #2 & #4 with #4 being off the charts. I think the crop really works well to highlight the action. Great job!

Thank you Mike. #2 looks like the crab is trying to talk his way out. :)

I kick myself for clipping wings in flights and action like this but it's hard to be prepared for every scenario. I went back this morning and shot at 500mm, no action. Go figure.


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Jul 02, 2017 19:48 |  #5

Those are great action shots! I can only imagine the excitement you felt watching that.


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Jul 02, 2017 19:48 |  #6

Capn Jack wrote in post #18392811 (external link)
I agree the action was captured very well. Nice set

Thanks much Capn.


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Jul 02, 2017 19:57 |  #7

Beekeeper wrote in post #18392815 (external link)
Those are great action shots! I can only imagine the excitement you felt watching that.


Thanks Zach, it got the adrenaline pumping for sure. Made the long hike up in the heat worth it for sure.


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Jul 02, 2017 20:12 |  #8

Outstanding series!


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Jul 02, 2017 20:43 |  #9

Nice work, Steve!


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Jul 03, 2017 03:32 |  #10

Well done Steve.


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Jul 03, 2017 04:40 |  #11

Every so often, the photo Gods shine down on us and present opportunities such as this. I had one just 2 days ago that I totally screwed up; you did not! Super, super series, Steve, well done!


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Jul 03, 2017 04:46 |  #12

top capture!!


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Jul 03, 2017 07:33 |  #13

A great series, indeed; well done, Steve.


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Jul 03, 2017 18:08 |  #14

Incredible capture!!


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Jul 03, 2017 19:51 |  #15

really great series Steve!


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