David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Category Archives: Animals

All Mine

Sometimes you’re just too close or you chop off some toes.  Before I delete any pic I try to look at it several times just in case I see something different.  Just a few nip and tucks.  Hope you like it.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200s, f/5.6, ISO 200

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This one caught me off guard. I didn’t like what I seeing but after all it’s nature right?  I saw the male egret coming in low and fast. He pulled up and into the nest mounting the female almost before you could blink.  She started squawking loudly but wasn’t able to get up.  Her mate must have been close by as he flew in to make an attempt to rescue her.  He tried but it was difficult.  He jumped on top of the other male clawing at times.  I just wanted him to take his powerful beak and stab him in the back.  After a short period the intruder left.  A little while later another similar incident happen at another nest but this time with a different outcome.  Wondering if it was the same intruder because he got more of what he deserved.
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/6400, ISO 200
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Deer Flower

Sitting on the porch listening to the birds is relaxing.  It wasn’t long before relaxing turned to some excitement.  A fawn was struggling to run across the pasture.  It couldn’t have been too old since it’s legs were stiff and wobbly.  It was running as fast as it could seeking safety in the thick woods.  I figured out what had spooked the fawn to run.  There was a dog sniffing around the area it had been bedding down as it waited on its mother to return.

I knew the mother would return so I slowly positioned myself hoping she would come my way looking for her fawn.  Sure enough the mother returned only to find her fawn gone.  As I watched her slowly move about looking and listening a dog appeared.  She stomped the ground and chased the dog into an area I couldn’t see.  After what seemed about 30 minutes I thought she may have left in that direction to continued her search.

Looking around I noticed the flowers and thought since I was already there and feeling the mother wouldn’t come my way, I started snapping a few photos.  Well, I wasn’t paying attention as she did head my way.  Being close she must have heard my shutter and saw me.  I heard her snort and it was loud because she was verrry close.  She bolted towards the tree line and into the woods snorting the entire way.  As loud as it was I’m sure her fawn could hear the call and I could envision them reuniting.

That’s why this photo is all about a deer and her fawn.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/1000’s, f/4.0, – 1.33 Ev, ISO 200


Northern Cardinal – Looking Back

Recently spent a few days visiting with my mother in-law.  They have been feeding the birds for many years along with ensuring they have fresh water.  I usually spend a little time watching them from the kitchen window or setting up outside to see what might come along.  There never has been a need for camo provided I don’t make any sudden moves and keep my face close to the camera.  However, I tell my wife the birds still expect me to have a nice outfit.

Nikon D800, 500mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 640, manual exposure


In Search Of

This past Saturday, I made an early morning trip to Brazos Bend State Park where I met up with fellow photographer Doug Haass.  We were looking for the baby alligators that hadn’t been seen for a couple of days.  After searching for awhile Doug spotted one tucked into some plant growth.  There were at least two or three.  One came out for a quick look but didn’t stay long before disappearing.  I think they are on their own.  Mama is no where to be found.

The first picture is Doug walking the trail.  That’s a heavy load but it’s the tools of the trade.  (Notice how nice that Canon looks when it’s taken by a Nikon – ;-).  The second is the baby alligator coming out for a quick peak.  The next two ( Red-eared Slider Turtle and Dragon Fly) were taken with a 2.0 teleconverter.  Still working with that set up under different conditions.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 500, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/250, ISO 800, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 800, EV -0.33, SB900 with Better Beamer


Baby Alligators

A few more of the baby alligators and mama from last weekend.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/60, Better Beamer Flash, ISO 200


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, Better Beamer Flash, EV -0.67, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1600, Better Beamer Flash, EV -0.67, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, EV -0.67, ISO 1250



All In The Family

Thanks to Doug Haass (http://doughaassphotography.blogspot.com/) and Tim Timmis (http://timtimmisblog.com/) recent blogs on the baby alligators.  After they told me where to find them they were easy to locate.  First time to actually hear them chirping.  Pretty cool in real life.  I will try to get some more pictures up later.

All shot with Nikon D4, 500mm, f/22, 1/60 flash, EV -0.33, ISO 640





D4 with 2.0tc

I have been working with the 2.0tc in the backyard a few times and finally decided to give it a try.  Initially I took several shots but wasn’t happy reviewing them in camera.  I thought it was off the mark so I took it off and continued my normal shooting.  I didn’t want to risk missing the photo ops with the baby alligators.  Once I reviewed them on the computer I could have kicked myself for not taking more.  Oh well, lesson learned.  This post is mainly for those considering a 2.0tc.  I am not saying it’s for you but it’s good to know it worked for me.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/8.0, 1/60, SB900 flash better beamer, ISO 640