Photo Shoot Report: October 23, 2011 @ Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
The calendar was not being kind to me. I knew I only had realistically one weekend left of the fall shooting season left where I had any degree of mobility. Part one of the weekend was devoted to something new. But I still had a Sunday to fill into the calendar. After some thought I went to an old reliable–Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.
It had been over a month since I’d been to my most frequent visiting location. A good solid rain had found its way into the area in the intervening time so I was curious as to how it changed the place. What I found was that it had changed it for the better. The water levels were up in nearly all of the ponds so the numbers of birds had improved.
But on the Odonate side, the species spread got much narrower but the numbers in many cases were better. I made a lot of images, but I just didn’t make a lot of good images. The exception, however, was the plethora of Rambur’s Forktails that were, um, repopulating the species. Far too many good images of that, and I won’t be sharing a one of them here.
The absolute highlight of the day was the Great Kiskadee that greeted me shortly after I arrived at the bird pond. As noted in a previous blog entry, this bird had just recently been added to my life list the weekend before. But the images were at a distance and with my gear and with the light present I wasn’t going to get any good shots.
However, this time the Kiskadee landed in a reasonably low tree not very far away from where I was at. The lighting was still very tough, but I clicked off about 15 frames of the bird and was relatively happy with the results.
It was a good morning of shooting. I was happy to get back out for the tail end of the dragonfly season. I will be back out again for more shore birds, with a couple of thoughts here and there as to how I can do things better. There were probably at least half a dozen keepers out of the shoot with one or two that will go into the portfolio.
About the images:
The Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) is a very common damselfly in South Texas and there were quite a few out there. The highlight of my day was the Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus). I need to spend some time with this image in Photoshop to improve the lighting a bit.