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Feb 16, 2014 20:38 |  #1

Always plenty of these birds at this site in February. Quite different lighting conditions for these two shots.


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Feb 16, 2014 21:24 |  #2

Very well done


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Feb 17, 2014 05:18 |  #3

Beautiful shots Betty.


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Feb 17, 2014 07:48 |  #4

Very nice shots Betty, I especially like the detail and pose in the first one. I've yet to visit Shark Valley, is April a good time? Any pointers or tips for shooting there?


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Feb 17, 2014 09:37 |  #5

Great captures. I too, prefer the first. The second seems almost over exposed, but still very nice.


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Feb 17, 2014 13:12 |  #6

Thanks everyone. Shark Valley is usually very nice from this time of year until after May, when it gets very hot and the nesting birds leave. You don't necessarily have to use a really long lens there to get good shots. (A 70-200 will do fine as the birds and gators are pretty tame and very used to people.) I'd suggest coming earlier than I did because the sun sets directly behind the roadside waterway going toward the Observation Tower (which is where the birds are). I encountered some brutal lighting conditions which accounts for the difference in my two shots. Probably going to rework the second and see if I can get a better result.


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Feb 17, 2014 18:24 |  #7

Very nice Betty. I mostly get to see the Yellow-crowned variety.


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Feb 17, 2014 19:25 |  #8

Great captures Betty...now I'm off to Google 'Shark Valley' as we will be in Florida for a couple of weeks in March!


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Feb 17, 2014 19:54 |  #9

I love these guys and these shots- well done


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Feb 18, 2014 09:08 |  #10

bettyn wrote in post #16696461 (external link)
Thanks everyone. Shark Valley is usually very nice from this time of year until after May, when it gets very hot and the nesting birds leave. You don't necessarily have to use a really long lens there to get good shots. (A 70-200 will do fine as the birds and gators are pretty tame and very used to people.) I'd suggest coming earlier than I did because the sun sets directly behind the roadside waterway going toward the Observation Tower (which is where the birds are). I encountered some brutal lighting conditions which accounts for the difference in my two shots. Probably going to rework the second and see if I can get a better result.

Thanks for the info Betty.


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Feb 24, 2014 20:45 |  #11

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Very nice Betty. I mostly get to see the Yellow-crowned variety.

Down here, it depends where you are as to what Night Herons you see. Exceptions for me are Corkscrew and occasionally Shark Valley, where you sometimes see both.


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Feb 24, 2014 20:45 |  #12

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Thanks for the info Betty.

When are you headed our way again, Steve?


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Feb 24, 2014 22:41 |  #13

Very nice, first one especially.


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Feb 25, 2014 02:16 as a reply to  @ dfbovey's post |  #14

Very nice Betty....I haven't ventured there yet....next rrip!


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