bird photography : western bluebird

Near the visitor center at Elkhorn Slough, a wide field is a favored hangout for Western Bluebirds, and during a late-spring trip there in 2009, I spent several hours sitting at a picnic table in the field snapping photos of one family of bluebirds. In addition to hovering over the field (hunting for insects), the male perched on the picnic tables as well as a water spigot nearby.
Near the visitor center at Elkhorn Slough, a wide field is a favored hangout for Western Bluebirds, and during a late-spring trip there in 2009, I spent several hours sitting at a picnic table in the field snapping photos of one family of bluebirds. In addition to hovering over the field (hunting for insects), the male perched on the picnic tables as well as a water spigot nearby.
Equipment:Canon EOS 50D
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
Settings:f8; 1/500 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 400
Date:May 31, 2009 4:32 pm
Location:Chateau Papillon / Fairfax, VA
Photography Notes:
Although not too far south of the frequently-foggy San Francisco Bay area, Elkhorn Slough and the broader Monterey area was uncharacteristically overcast during my visit, making good photos with snappy contrast quite a challenge.
 



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