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Aug 162012
 

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Sighted also at Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport, Florida. This time I used ISO 400, but still shot very early in the morningwith very little help from the sun. I had to use a Better Beamer, an external adapter for the flash unit used to increase the range in distance when using flash outdoors in the wild.There was no other choice shooting in this lagoon due to the fact that some of these birds were active in the very early morning. This Heron in fact is nocturnal, so it’s even more active before the sun is out. I have found that a bit of fill-in flash does not bother birds if used at a respectable distance of at least 15 feet or more.

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is smaller than what I had expected. All these were shot at 400mm with ISO set at 400, f/5.6, at 1/160 sec., still at risk for getting blurs, but with much better image quality. Raising the ISO with the early morning darkness and using flash would have really deteriorated the image quality with lots of grain.

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