David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Tag Archives: BIF

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

High Island_20160226_0872web

Useless Question

Finally one of those useless questions is answered. How does a wood stork poop in flight? He lowers his legs hoping it keeps it’s feet clean and lets it fly. Taken at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and I barely escaped.

ACT_5582web

Early Mornings

Here are a couple of reasons I like early mornings.  Taken at Smith Oaks Rookery, High Island, Texas.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/200, ISO 1250

High-Island-Rookery_20130326_0144web

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 1000

High-Island-Rookery_20130326_0354web

Black Skimmer

As in my last blog this is the 13th Anniversary of the Galveston FeatherFest and Nature PhotoFest. I am honored to have had my photo chosen as the third week’s winner.

Black Skimmer taken in Freeport, Texas.

alaniz_david_skimmingweb

The Lift

This is the 13th Anniversary of the Galveston FeatherFest and Nature PhotoFest.  You are allowed to submit 2 pictures a week for four weeks.  There are three places per week with the winner being eligible for the grand overall winner.  It’s been a trying year for me and I haven’t been able to get out and take pictures like I usually do.  So I struggled to make my selections for each week.  It doesn’t help being your own worst critic.  I hesitated so much I missed the first week deadline.  I was definitely in a flux.

I had been sick for over a month and was slowly trying to get over it but just couldn’t shake a nagging cough.  I told my wife the tides were going to be perfect on Bolivar flats with a clear blue sky.  She said to go.  We were suppose to have already left for my mother in-law’s.  Mind you now it’s 04:00 Christmas eve morning and I’m struggling – cough, cough, cough.  I knew there was no way I could lay down in the watery muck with the temperatures in the low 30’sF.  I struggled again asking myself do I really need to get out.  It would be so much better to get back in bed because that is what I really needed.

Plan B goes into effect.  I was pulling myself all the way as I loaded up and set off for Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  The geese, it was all about the geese.  I had seen some recent pictures and hoped they would still be there.  When I arrived it was pitch black with beautiful stars above.  Deciding to take a particular route I lowered my window and slowly made my way forward.  I was trying my best to listen to get some indication where they were.  The chill in the air was dang cold, cough, cough, cough.

Finally I could hear them but couldn’t see them.  I cranked up my ISO in my camera and took a blurred but viewable shot.  Bingo, I could see them and make out where I wanted to stop.  After stopping I slowly slipped out of my truck.  Took my equipment and set up in front of my truck hoping for a little warmth from the engine.  Didn’t happen.  Did I say it was cold?  Even though I had my heavy jacket on I was cold.  Cough, cough, cough, water, cough drop.

As darkness slowly faded away it was a sight to see.  The fields where full of geese into the distance.  Daylight was fast approaching when silence gave way to distant guns.  Seemed like hunters were everywhere just off the refuge.  Some geese in the distance where lifting but trying to find another landing area.  It sounded like roaring trains.  The ones in front of me were getting restless as the noise level started picking up.

I knew it was just a matter of time.  My mind was racing verifying my camera settings when I thought – whoa.  I quickly pulled my wide angle from the truck and rechecked settings.  As I laid the camera on the hood it started.  The roar, they were lifting in stages from the distance.  Then is was time for those in front of me.  I had so much adrenaline flowing I could have bottled it.

The Lift was in full effect.  The Roar sounded as if a train was coming down the road towards me.  Cough, what cough?  I was too busy to cough as natures wonder was unfolding right before my eyes.  I had seen National Geographic shows with geese lifting.  It didn’t compare to what I was witnessing.  I reached for my camera on the hood.  It was set to a fully wide angle view as I leaned against the truck for support.  Firing away as they continued to lift.

I was all alone experiencing what I would call a heavenly moment.  I praised and gave thanks to God.

I submitted this photo for the second weeks contest.  It was selected as the winner.  I’m honored.

Anahuac-NWR_20141224_0258web

Northern Harrier

While at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge you never know what you might see.   I was about to pack it all in and leave when this Northern Harrier came flying by.  Since I was still getting some early morning light I waited as it made a couple of fly-bys.

Nikon D4, 500mm +1.7tc, f/6.7, 1/1000’s, ISO 640

ACT_9010web

Early Morning Blurs

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture some early morning blurs as the light was change quickly.  It may not always work but there is no excuse for not trying.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.7tc, 1/5’s, ISO 2000

ACT_8301web

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.7tc, 1/4’s, ISO 2000

ACT_8345web

Snow Geese Couple

Arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Looking for Snow Geese and Snow Geese I found, thousands. Cold and crisp, what a beautiful morning. Saw several lifts as they filled the sky. Hard to hold a camera because I wanted to see it happen. Just wanted to hear the sound and feel the roar. Something so few will ever experience. Nature at it’s best.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.7tc, f/6.7, 1/800, ISO 2000

ACT_8621web

 

Eagle – Flushed

Made a recent trip to see the Pearland, Texas eagles. I believe the female was sitting on eggs. She made no attempt to get up Until…. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recommends that active nest sites not be approached beyond a distance of 330 feet. There are posted signs not to be crossed. Well, a guy was walking his dog (unleashed) along the fence line in the direction of the nest. I could tell the eagle was concerned as she gave full focus in that direction. The dog was almost to the nest when the owner called the dog to return and walk back. It was too close and too late. The eagle flushed. It made a wide circle as it came back to the nest.
Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.7tc, f/6.7, 1/1000, ISO 250

ACT_8160web

ACT_8151web

Three Point Landing

The twig must have looked a lot larger as the spoonbill was coming in for a landing.  Getting closer it must have realized the perch wasn’t going to work and made a last second adjustment to miss the twig.  Unfortunately within a second the twig was pushed down with one leg and then released.  It snapped back giving the spoonbill a quick pop on the belly.  Not all landings go as planned.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200’s, ISO 200, manual exposure

ACT_6087web