David Alaniz Photography

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Twins

I visited the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island early February of this year but never had a chance to get back.  I missed out on seeing a lot of the babies as they grew and vide for attention.  Well, this past weekend I had a chance to make a quick run out there.  With the front entrance gate now locked I had to enter from a side entrance.  It was hot as in Hot as I made my way on a long walk.  As I walked up on the levy it wasn’t the usual chatter of birds.  Most had all ready raised their young and were gone.  I made my way along the levy stopping at different locations to grab a few pictures.  Even though it was hot it was still pretty nice being all alone with all the remaining birds as all the usual crowds were now gone.  Even with fewer nesting birds it still offered a number of opportunities.  These twin Roseate Spoonbills had just been feed as their parent had flown off.  The parents quickly feed the young and then fly off.  They wouldn’t hang around because the young ones wouldn’t give them any piece just a constant picking, nudging wanting more.  Probably within a few days these will have to leave the nest for the lesson in finding food.  Sooner or later everyone grows up.  Or, that’s the way it’s suppose to be.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/8000, ISO 400  (made adjustment afterwards to bring the shutter down)

Looking For A Snack

There were about two dozen hummingbirds around a feeder.  They didn’t seem to mind me being close so I set up a Day Lily potted plant about three feet from the feeder.  After setting up my camera I rotated the plant until I liked what I was seeing in the view finder.  I looked at the background and knew it was far enough away to give a pleasant blur.  It wasn’t long before several started checking out the flower giving me several different captures.  They are always fun to watch.

Nikon D300s, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/1000, ISO 200, filler flash

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Red-headed Woodpecker

This is a Red-headed Woodpecker recently taken in Huntsville, Texas.  I was looking out the kitchen window and noticed some frequent visits from a couple of these beautiful birds.  Their colors are vibrant and stand out.  Hard to pass up an opportunity for a few captures.  After setting up it didn’t take long before they came back for a visit.  There were other birds in the mix but these were the stand outs that I had been wanting to take for some time.  Between all the rain we have been having here in south Texas it was a good weekend.

Nikon D800, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 800

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Cattle Egret

Stopping by in a local park just to check the activity can be pretty good.  This particular park has a small rookery which I like.  I don’t have to deal with a crowd trying to get a close up view or that keep sake photo.  Especially I don’t have to keep swatting those pesky mosquitoes.

Nikon D800, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/2000’s, ISO 800

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Happy Easter

Wishing everyone an enjoyable day!

 

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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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Unexpected

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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Crested Caracara

It’s been a long time since I’ve ventured out to enjoy some nature. On the way to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge I spotted this Caracara. The clear blue sky didn’t do anything for me so I added some texture.
Nikon D4, 500mm 1.7tc, 1/1000, f/6.7, ISO 200

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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

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

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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.

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