Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good Reflections

As I have said before, I am learning that it is not enough just to take a picture of a bird.  You have to add something else or something special to the picture to really make it catch the eye.  One of my favorite things to do when taking pictures down by the water, is to look for opportunities to get good reflections of the birds in the water.  This, at times, has proved difficult.  It is amazing how many times I just purely miss the reflection.  I am so concentrated on the bird I totally forget to look down.  Then there is the problem of cooperation.  In a perfect world, the bird would stand still, look directly into the sun for good lighting, and then do something fun or show their personality a little.  No, they have no desire in helping.  They land with a splash and then drive their beak violently into the water, making lots of ripples which do not show reflections, well, at all!!  Exhibit A:

White Ibis
Even he looks a little shocked at his reflection!!  Would have been a great picture with a little personality but no....ripples.  (and the nictitating membrane is over the eye but that is not the point here!!)

But I did manage to get some good reflections.  Here are a few of my favorite:

White Ibis

Little Blue Heron

And yes, he managed to catch a fish!!
Little Blue Heron

White Ibis

The ripples in the water almost got me here but I managed to wait till the ripples cleared a little and got a great reflection of the eye!!
White Ibis

White Ibis

For those interested, the plume of white feathers on the top of this little blue heron's head indicates it is breeding time!! :)
Little Blue Heron

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