I took my point and shoot with me to Marl Bed Flats this morning, but the lighting was pretty poor until I began to head back to my car. The above photo was from the trail back to the parking lot. It was a little contrasty, but since Canon’s S100 lets you shoot RAW images, I was able to get something out of the scene. The S100 also has an HDR mode, but it only produces JPEG images. I plan on testing that out more in the future. I’ve tried it a few times but haven’t reached any conclusions; so far I think I’ll be better served taking three RAW images and doing my HDR work on the computer.
The wildlife at Marl Bed Flats was pretty fun. I found a Northern Harrier far off in the distance while out on the flats and heard a Sora, but things were most interesting right at the parking lot when I returned to my car. There was a lot of activity–Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens and Northern Cardinals were all calling. As I looked through the trees I found Pine Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, a Yellow-throated Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, two Blue-headed Vireos and a White-eyed Vireo, and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. After after having fun observing them for a little while I went to get in my car and then I noticed a Cooper’s Hawk flying overhead. I don’t know if the hawk was attracted to the commotion or the cause of it, but it was very nice to see.
I was also reminded this morning that feral hogs roam freely about this place. This one was rather close, but paid me no attention.