Texas Bird Photography Trip (Day 2) (11 January 2014)
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About This Shoot
Date: 11 January 2014
Location: Brazos Bend State Park (morning) & Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (afternoon)
Shoot Type: Wildlife
The first full day of shooting was a good one. Favorable weather led to good light. The morning shoot was at Brazos Bend State Park with a local wildlife photographer I met on NatureScape.net. Successfully photographed species included: Turkey Vulture, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue-winged Teal, Common Gallinule, Great Egret, Northern Cardinal, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Pied-billed Grebe (√), Tri-colored Heron, White Ibis (√), Ring-necked Duck (√). The afternoon shoot was by myself at Bolivar Flats, and I successfully photographed: American White Pelican, Snowy Plover (√), Reddish Egret (√), Long-billed Curlew, Least Sandpiper (√), Western Sandpiper (√), Neotropical Cormorant, Willet

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11 January 2014

Texas Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:18:13 -0600
Long-billed Curlew in golden hour sunset light at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX. 11 January 2014
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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:48:30 -0600
The animated Reddish Egret at Bolivar Flats (the south tip of the Bolivar Peninsula in TX). 11 January 2014
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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:35:25 -0600
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas. 11 January 2014
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Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:14:26 -0600
Day 2, Jan 11 -- Brazos Bend SP and Bolivar Flats
This was an extremely productive day of shooting -- just a s I was hoping for. The day started off with a sunrise/morning shoot at Brazos Bend SP. Local wildlife photographer Chris Elliot met me in Alvin at 530am, and we set out for the park before sunrise. It started off foggy an d kind of slow, but once the sun finally broke through, we started firing a way on the shutters. Among the birds were many alligators, a couple as l ong as 12 feet! First time I have seen an alligator let alone photograph on e! Numerous herons/egrets, ibis, teal, and occasionally other ducks woul d occupy much of our time. For me, the White Ibis was the best bird I go t real good images of along with the Tri-colored Heron as these birds consi dered quite rare in Kansas. We concluded this shoot around 11am, and Chris dropped me off at my motel in Alvin. I then took off for the Bolivar Flats. I arrived there at 230pm and photographed there until sunset. I was tho roughly impressed with Bolivar Flats. The sky was clean of clouds so I h ad excellent light to work with. Among the birds was a huge raft of Amer ican White Pelican and gobs of plovers and sandpipers. I got some great shots of Snowy Plover using the new ground pod I bought which gets you down to darn near ground level. The best images were probably of the Reddish Eg ret. I saw and photographed both the dark morph and the white morph variety of this species. Both of these birds behaved in nearly identical fashio n while foraging. They tend to dance around aimlessly going after a fish. Whatever works, I guess, as I did manage to get a few frames of the dark morph with a very nice-sized meal All in all, I was very pleased with the shoot! I will upload images later.