A day at Farmington Bay

1/320   f/6.3   ISO 100   400mm

We had some free time to get out and shoot some birds.  There were so many Pelicans and Geese everywhere we filled our cards in just a few hours.

“During migration, the diversity of sound and color astounds visitors to Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area (FBWMA).  Hundreds of thousands of water birds, songbirds and raptors visit this area during the migration and nesting seasons.  More than 200 different species have been documented on the management area.” -Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area

Gear used on this shoot:

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Lexar 300x CF cards, Black Rapid straps, Tripods, Tiffen Circular Polarizer

1/400   f/8.0   ISO100   400mm  

1/400   f/8.0   ISO 100   400mm

Pelicans are very graceful for how big they are!  It was exciting to see a pelican come in for a landing.  We would all brace and fire away when one was on its approach.  It’s important to have a fast enough shutter speed and frame the shot just right in order to get a great shot.

1/1000   f/6.3   ISO800   300mm

We have great composition here.  The Pelicans are the main subject in the center of the frame while the flying birds create a unique frame.  As they fly by, they along with their reflection, creates a unique frame.

1/320 f/10.0          ISO 100           400mm

1/200    f/5.6    ISO 250    400mm

Patience was the name of the game in order to get this shot, and it’s still not exactly how I wanted it.  I waited and waited for these 4 pelicans to line up the same direction and space evenly.  It’s not exactly what I was hoping for but I still like the result. 

1/1000   f/6.3   ISO 800   300mm

“Migration: September marks the beginning of the fall migration for waterfowl.  Waterfowl on Farmington Bay during peak migration can exceed 200,000 ducks.  Many ducks have already left by the time the waterfowl hunting season opens in early October.  Tundra swans close out the annual migrating pilgrimage during November and December.” -Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area

1/8   f/5.6   ISO100   130mm

The morning wasn’t only about the birds though.  We arrived at 6:15am, before sunrise, and were able to watch the colors change in the sky as the sun rose.  The quality of light was very poor for the birds that early in the morning but the landscape photography was great! We stayed until about 10:30am that morning and where able to watch the light change on the mountains, water and most importantly the birds.

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One Response to “A day at Farmington Bay”

  1. Great captures! I especially love the last shot!

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