• Gear
  • Shots
  • Photo Craft
  • Video
  • Wide Angle
  • Support
  • New Stuff
  • More
Shots Wildlife Shooting at a Rookery

Need some help with your New SmugMug Site?

Dgrin Challenges

Our Challenges moderator has lined up an new set of challenges for you. The Weekly Word Challenge. Get all the details and participate in the conversation Weekly Word Challenge.

Past DSS Challenge Winners, DSS Challenge Rules, and other important DSS Challenge information is here.

Looking for a little challenge? The Dgrin Mini-Challenges are a great way to challenge yourself. Take a moment to look through past winners and find the current Mini Challenge here.

From Around the Net

Enjoy a few of our favorite articles from around the 'net. If you have something you think we should see, post it here and we'll have a look.

Journeys

Landscapes

Sports

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Apr-26-2012, 12:59 PM
#1
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Shooting at a Rookery
Hi Y'all,

The subject of shooting at a rookery has come up a few times recently so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to bore y'all with a few thoughts on the topic.

Shooting at a rookery gives a wildlife photographer the opportunity to get some fantastic photo ops under conditions during mating season that we usually don't get during the rest of the year. We can get closer to our subjects.



Plus we have a target rich environment


The problems come in with the target rich environment. Often we have too many subjects and can't isolate our subject. Then you have cluttered backgrounds when every time you see a possible capture there's another bird standing right behind your subject.

Whenever I bring a photographer into a rookery for the first time I tell them to walk through the area and not to take a picture. I want them to look at the light, the backgrounds, the flight patterns, where the clean line of sights are, etc. The most important pieces of equipment in our tool boxes are our eyes and brains.

Invariably they ignore my advice and all I hear is click-click-click-click as they take a multitude of mediocre captures. Things improve once they calm down and recover from the sensory overload.

Rookeries afford a great opportunity for BIFs. The birds fly in discernable patterns and repeat those patterns over and over as they fly into the nest with nesting material and/or food for their young. You want to pick out the areas where you have the best light and a clear BG. Then you wait until the fly into those areas.







You also get chances for interaction, nest,and portrait captures. The key again is your eyes as you eliminate most of the candidates due to lousy BGs, obstructions, and poor light. However the few remaining possibilities will result in some quality results.











If you're near a rookery get yourself over there and takes some pics. You will get loads of captures that will go into your trash can but you will also find some gold. I delete around 90% of my rookery captures but the other 10% usually brings a smile to my normally dour face.

If anybody is going to be shooting at the rookery in St Augustine's Alligator Farm this season give me a holler. I'll be going up there frequently this season until I leave for S. Africa in June.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-26-2012, 04:36 PM
#2
jwear is offline jwear
learning now shoot & cuss
jwear's Avatar
You are having way to much fun I know what you are saying busy and background 2 things that make wildlife shooting --work. The rookery looks like a fun place
__________________
Jeff W

“PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

http://jwear.smugmug.com/
Old Apr-26-2012, 04:41 PM
#3
PGM is offline PGM
Pam McI
Harry, what great advice all around. And what are those last two photos--the next to last look like a mummy couple and the very last one looks like severe burn victims--what in the hell are they? We don't seem to have them here. I feel sure I would remember. Also, I love the great egret with those lacy feathers draped over the chicks. And what a beautiful sharp clear Roseate Spoonbill in flight. Best, Pam
Old Apr-26-2012, 06:41 PM
#4
Louis Champan is offline Louis Champan
Major grins
Another superb set Harry, wish I could have been along. #6 is over the top good, excellent composition on that shot.

Louie
Old Apr-27-2012, 07:06 AM
#5
Dick on Aruba is offline Dick on Aruba
My name is Dick. So what?
Dick on Aruba's Avatar
Some stunning captures you have there Harry. Judging on those images: you have done this before :)
__________________
"Nothing sharpens sight like envy."
Thomas Fuller.

SmugMug account.
Website.
Old Apr-28-2012, 02:06 AM
#6
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwear View Post
You are having way to much fun I know what you are saying busy and background 2 things that make wildlife shooting --work. The rookery looks like a fun place
My old tag line was "if you ain't having fun you ain't doing it right". Rookeries are a lot of fun but also a lot of work to get good captures.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-29-2012, 05:37 AM
#7
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by PGM View Post
Harry, what great advice all around. And what are those last two photos--the next to last look like a mummy couple and the very last one looks like severe burn victims--what in the hell are they? We don't seem to have them here. I feel sure I would remember. Also, I love the great egret with those lacy feathers draped over the chicks. And what a beautiful sharp clear Roseate Spoonbill in flight. Best, Pam
Te last two were wood storks and tri-color heron chicks. The wood stork capture was a prize winne rin the Alligator Farm's yearly photo contest.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-29-2012, 12:20 PM
#8
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Louis Champan View Post
Another superb set Harry, wish I could have been along. #6 is over the top good, excellent composition on that shot.

Louie
Wish you could have been there too Louie. We haven't shot together in a few years. You were out of town when I hit SEattle, and then I was in Africa when you hit the Space Coast.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-29-2012, 03:41 PM
#9
torags is online now torags
Major grins
Wow nice work.

Today I took one of my spring trips to our local reserve in East Palo Alto. The Herons were nesting. Next month the Snowy Egrets

We don't have the variety you guys have but I enjoy the few spring shoots.

I agree #6 is over the top...
__________________
Rags
Old Apr-30-2012, 04:20 AM
#10
Dennis Kaczor is offline Dennis Kaczor
Major grins
Dennis Kaczor's Avatar
Great set Harry. The ones that stands out for me is the Cattle Egret head shot and the Egret with the feathers draped over the little ones.
__________________
Regards - Dennis

Nikon Gear
ICUR Digital Photographers
Natures-Den Photography
Old Apr-30-2012, 05:37 AM
#11
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dick on Aruba View Post
Some stunning captures you have there Harry. Judging on those images: you have done this before :)
Thanks Dick and I have done this a few times
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-30-2012, 05:41 AM
#12
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by torags View Post
Wow nice work.

Today I took one of my spring trips to our local reserve in East Palo Alto. The Herons were nesting. Next month the Snowy Egrets

We don't have the variety you guys have but I enjoy the few spring shoots.

I agree #6 is over the top...
Thanks Rags and #6 is one of my all time faves. Intersting note on that pic. It was one of 5 pics I entered into the Alligator's Farm photo contest. They selected 3 of the 5 for their calendar but #6 was not one of the winners. I'm guessing the other egret behind the mother was the reason it didn't win. I told y'all about those busy backgrounds.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-30-2012, 06:03 AM
#13
PGM is offline PGM
Pam McI
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harryb View Post
Te last two were wood storks and tri-color heron chicks. The wood stork capture was a prize winne rin the Alligator Farm's yearly photo contest.
Wow! They are great photos of unusual looking bird, at least to me. We do have tri-color herons, so I will be on the lookout for nests and chicks. Apparently years ago we had wood storks, but none in many years. Best, Pam
Old Apr-30-2012, 11:18 AM
#14
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dennis Kaczor View Post
Great set Harry. The ones that stands out for me is the Cattle Egret head shot and the Egret with the feathers draped over the little ones.
Thanks Dennis, glad you enjoyed them.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old Apr-30-2012, 11:49 AM
#15
MakeMeShutter is offline MakeMeShutter
Banned User
Wonderful write up about shooting in a rookery.
Another thing to add to my bucket list!
Useful information that I will try to use up here in NY, thanks for sharing!
Old Apr-30-2012, 12:05 PM
#16
csmallari is offline csmallari
observateur d'oiseaux
csmallari's Avatar
It's always nice to see a set filled with wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing :-)
__________________
www.tinasarmientomallari.com
Old Apr-30-2012, 03:04 PM
#17
dnie is offline dnie
Major grins
dnie's Avatar
I got the opportunity to visit High Island this past weekend and saw my first rookery. Absolutely amazing! I got nothing as good as yours, but just getting the chance to experience it was enough for me.
__________________
Donna

My SmugMug
Old May-01-2012, 06:11 AM
#18
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by MakeMeShutter View Post
Wonderful write up about shooting in a rookery.
Another thing to add to my bucket list!
Useful information that I will try to use up here in NY, thanks for sharing!

Thanks much hope it is some use to you.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Old May-02-2012, 09:50 AM
#19
Harryb is offline Harryb OP
old and lazy
Harryb's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by csmallari View Post
It's always nice to see a set filled with wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing :-)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dnie View Post
I got the opportunity to visit High Island this past weekend and saw my first rookery. Absolutely amazing! I got nothing as good as yours, but just getting the chance to experience it was enough for me.
Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed the images. I just came back form the rookery in St Augustine. I spent quite a bit of time just looking at the activities of the bird and not taking pictures.
__________________
Harry
http://behret.smugmug.com/ NANPA member
How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
Tell The World!  
Similar Threads Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Light Meter For Digital Camera - Shooting Landscape Tom Potter Technique 6 Nov-29-2008 01:30 PM
Shooting Track and Field DavidTO Technique 9 Apr-22-2006 09:42 PM
Shooting with Andy rutt People 12 Sep-24-2005 07:13 PM
File Format Issues when Shooting jlg84 Technique 7 Jun-28-2005 10:47 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump