Jamaica Bay

Sue and I put on our mud boots, and headed over to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge very early in the morning. The air was nice and crisp, and the moon was nearly full. We quietly trudged our way around the East Pond through the thick swamp smelling mud. We eventually reached an area that would have required knee deep wading (or a boat) so we turned around and waited for the birds to show up. I used the time to make some exposures of the moon.

Camera settings were:
Canon 40D, 400mm at f8, 1/80, ISO 100. I also converted the image to black and white in CS4.

Once the sun came up, we saw the "Lesser Yellow Legs", and I waited for him to go towards these beautiful patterns caused by the sun hitting the trees and reflecting into the lake. The large catch light in the eye is a result of my 580EXII flash.

Camera settings: Canon 40D, 400mm @f5.6, 1/250th, ISO 200, ETTL flash

I was also watching this Trumpeter Swan, and admiring the beautiful warm light from the sunrise. Something must have startled it because he started to run along the top of the water while flapping its huge wings.

Canon 40D, 400mm @ f5.6, 1/500th, ISO 200

Through her scope, Sue identified a bunch of other birds including, Least Tern, Laughing Gull, Sanderlings, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Black Crowned Night Heron, American Coot, and Osprey.