Mary with the Mark II at o’dark thirty

John decided I should try my hand at bird photography on our trip to the Bosque del Apache. Talk about baptism by fire! He set me up with a tripod, his Canon 5DII and a 70-200mm zoom lens (and then the 300mm) and turned me loose. Luckily, the fancy equipment does all the heavy lifting. During the morning blast-off, pre-dawn to about 8:00 a.m., I took over 150 photos. I ended up with maybe ten that were acceptable. Here are my favorites.

As you can see, I wimped out and took landscape shots when I couldn’t keep up with the flights of the Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes!

They were milling everywhere.

Those birds are FAST! My first BIF (bird in flight) shot.

I am especially proud of this shot that captures the shadow of one Sandhill on the body of another. I waited a long time to get that one just right. I think it turned out pretty cool. The others are pretty nice, too. It was great fun!

[comment by John – awesome shots dear! I didn’t get any keepers my first time out.]


One Response to “Mary with the Mark II at o’dark thirty”

  1. Mary says:

    Very nice pictures Mary – I’m impressed!!

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