Taunted Again

OspreyWhile visiting Merritt Island last week I observed osprey after osprey. I must have seen at least a dozen of these incredible animals and yet the shot I am looking for still eludes me. This particular osprey was feeding on top of the lights in a parking lot. Not exactly a “nature” shot. Even though it is natural to see them perched on street lights and overhead street signs. I think I am going to have to take some time away from my day job and camp by the river to get my shot. I’m simply not going to get the shot any other way. If anyone has suggestions for capturing an image of an osprey catching its lunch, I am open to suggestions. I captured this image using my 70-200mm f/2.8 and 2x teleconverter. You can see more images of osprey and other wildlife at my site. http://www.tobygant.com/wild

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Little Black Ducks

Little Black DucksOn a recent trip to Orlando, FL, I took the long way home via Merritt Island. Black Point Wildlife Drive has simply never disappointed me. Time after time there is always something new and exciting. They are now charging a fee to enter the park. If you stop by make sure you have five US dollars in your pocket. If you live close by or frequent the area I would suggest the annual pass. There was abundant wildlife throughout the park. This time we saw the herons, egrets, ducks, osprey, american alligators and butterflies. I still have yet to see any otters. I guess I will have to continue to visit until I see them. The image on this post is of some “little black ducks.” It reminds me of Daffy from the Loony Tunes cartoons. I’m not that familiar with ducks. If anyone out there knows what type of duck this is, please let me know. I am interested and can’t find them online. This image was captured with my 70-200, f/2.8 with a 2x teleconverter. As always you can see more images from this trip on my website: http://www.tobygant.com/blackptwildlifedr.

Blue Spring State Park – Florida

Great Blue Heron by Toby GantAs stated in my last post, my trip to Blue Spring State Park was a success. I walked away with several images that I was happy with. I captured the images from the St. Johns River Cruises and Tours narrated nature and ecological cruise. It was a great time. Shooting from the moving motor-powered platform provides its own set of challenges. I’ll  definitely increase my shutter speeds and my active VR if I make the journey again. But, the amount and variety of wildlife we were able to observe would not have been possible shooting from the shore. Recalling the days events, I think I will need to take another day off work soon. Maybe I’ll take 2 next time.

This image of the Great Blue Heron was captured using my 70-200 f2.8 and 2x teleconverter. You can see more of my images of Blue Spring State Park at my site. http://www.tobygant.com/bluespring