Sunday, December 2, 2012
I was eating a banana....
OK, so I wasn't eating a banana but I was driving. Aaron and I took the day yesterday and drove down to the Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. It's suppose to be a wetlands refuge but with the lack of rain this year it was more like a grasslands refuge.
We spent the day hunting for ducks and geese to photograph and we occasionally saw a red tailed hawk and even a flock of white pelicans but the pickens for photos was pretty slim.
Once we decided to call it a day we headed for the highway to take us home. Just as we were leaving the area of the refuge Aaron spotted a bald eagle flying out of the trees and right above the car so I slammed on the breaks and we both bailed out of the car leaving it sitting in the middle of the highway. Luckily there were no other vehicles around but unluckily, the eagle didn't cooperate and I was without a long lens.
This shot was taken with a Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lens at 200mm and cropped to the maximum. I was being a nice guy and let Aaron use the Sigma 150-500mm so my chances at a good photo were slim. I quickly switched over to the 28-300mm lens but by then the eagle had gone.
This was the first eagle I have ever seen in Kansas but hopefuly it won't be the last. Aaron and I are planning another trip back in a couple of weeks and I will be using the 500mm lens next time! LOL
Since there were few birds to be found we stopped and took some photos of the landscape. This is an HDR image, using five bracketed shots. This tree apparently didn't like it's photo being taken because after I tok my shots I was attacked by the tree. Well, I guess it was more like I attacked the tree. I had to crawl under a large branch to get the angle I wanted and after getting the shot I stood straight up, not remembering the broken branch above me.
I was reminded of it rather quickly though when the large and very sturdy branch jammed into my bald and not so sturdy head. After falling down on the ground slightly stunned, bleeding a little and cussing a lot, we were back to taking photos.
Who knew photography was a contact sport? Well, except for Parker that is! LOL