Due to a variety of reasons, I was down to my last chance to take the boat trip up to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge to see these magnificent birds. Unfortunately, it was very overcast, borderline foggy even. Given we were never closer than 40-50 yards from them, fast SS was necessary and therefore very noisy images. Did the best I could and hey, they're Whoopers! Plus there were some interesting opportunities. So, for what it's worth.
I'm so grand!
WIFIMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Fhswvk RLK_20160316_IMG_7016-Edit.jpg by Roger Kortemeier, on Flickr
Pair landingIMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EYhHi9 RLK_20160316_IMG_7164-Edit.jpg by Roger Kortemeier, on Flickr
Snake didn't stand a chance!IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EtikqM RLK_20160316_IMG_7103-Edit.jpg by Roger Kortemeier, on Flickr
For size comparison-Great Egret on left-IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EYhS2G RLK_20160316_IMG_7214-Edit.jpg by Roger Kortemeier, on Flickr
Mom(probably) and first year chick in front. He has almost lost all his brown shading. In a couple of weeks, he'll probably be on his own to make the flight up to Canada, joining other yearlings.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ffbr9y RLK_20160316_IMG_7232-Edit.jpg by Roger Kortemeier, on Flickr
Sorry about the poor IQ. Couple of 20/20 hindsight thoughts/questions-
Wonder if I had shot in shutter priority instead of manual and boosted the E/C a bit for better noise control in pp and/or had used spot metering on the white birds instead od center-weighted would have improved the shots? Thoughts?
Thank you and thanks for looking.