David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: November 2013

Eagles – Stirring The Pot

The eagles were doing a good job of stirring the pot on several occasions during my morning visit.  Thousands of cranes , geese, ducks and the list goes on and on.  Of course I enjoyed watching the eagles in action stirring and causing every bird to lift.  The sky became thick with birds flying in every direction.  The following are just a few to share.

Nikon D4, 500mm

Looking to be mischievous.


Did someone say Eagle!  You just have to be faster than the next duck.


“If we stay behind him we will be ok.  Right?  Anyone….Right?”


He had enough fun stirring the flock and decides to come in for a landing.


One of the eagles came to check on their young.  They were behaving so it decided to make an exit flying overhead.


Sandhill Crane

What a morning!  I was hoping to see a few Sandhill Cranes.  Instead, I saw what appeared to be thousands.  I have never seen so many cranes.  Only problem, they were a little too far for really great shots, but I was trying anyway.  Luckily, there was other wildlife to be seen.  Along with the cranes there were two bald eagles making frequent fly-bys.  Wait, there were not only two bald eagles but, two, yes two, juvenile eagles.  They stayed around most of the time I suspect looking for a good meal while the parents checked up on them occasionally.  Did I say there is more?  Yes, more.  The hawks were on the prowl.  Wait, don’t change channels.  Geese, yes geese!  Still that’s not all….White Pelicans.  And, yes, ducks of many types.  Whoa, almost forgot about the two nice looking bucks.  Lastly, there was the lone Whooping Crane.  It must of gotten separated from its group during the migration and ended up joining the sandhill cranes.  It was flying in formation with a group of cranes.  This was a great show with or without a camera as the eagles caused several lifts.  Nature at its finest.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, 1/2500’s, Ev -0.67, ISO 500


Spoonbill – Tucked Wings

This Roseate Spoonbill was making a low pass as it approached it’s nest.  After reviewing the pictures, next spring I’ll want to make more than this years three trips to High Island’s Smith Oaks Rookery.  You will leave smiling along with many good pictures.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200 ISO 500