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Jan 24, 2023 06:43:48   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the left. They will touch beaks, and with their beaks rub each others necks. Then the male will fly off and bring back nesting material, and the cycle then repeats itself. Note the aqua eye lore during mating on the male. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Florida.
Sony a1, Sony 600 f4 @ f4, 1/4000 sec. iso 400, manual exposure based on green leaf reading then down one stop (standard set up for metering with sun lighting the subjects the same way as the green leaves)



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Jan 24, 2023 07:20:03   #
mikeroetex Loc: Lafayette, LA
 
billnikon wrote:
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the left. They will touch beaks, and with their beaks rub each others necks. Then the male will fly off and bring back nesting material, and the cycle then repeats itself. Note the aqua eye lore during mating on the male. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Florida.
Sony a1, Sony 600 f4 @ f4, 1/4000 sec. iso 400, manual exposure based on green leaf reading then down one stop (standard set up for metering with sun lighting the subjects the same way as the green leaves)
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the lef... (show quote)

Fascinating! Curious, which eye did your AF lock on to? Both are in focus, so obviously on same plane.

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Jan 24, 2023 07:21:04   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 

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Jan 24, 2023 07:47:19   #
Toment Loc: FL, IL
 
Very nice
Thanks

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Jan 24, 2023 10:12:32   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
mikeroetex wrote:
Fascinating! Curious, which eye did your AF lock on to? Both are in focus, so obviously on same plane.


When I am photographing groups I use zone focus on the Sony. But even though in zone the focus system picked up the male Anhinga. Yes, they were the same distance from me so they would both be in focus.

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Jan 24, 2023 10:42:03   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nice image.

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Jan 24, 2023 11:19:55   #
mikeroetex Loc: Lafayette, LA
 
billnikon wrote:
When I am photographing groups I use zone focus on the Sony. But even though in zone the focus system picked up the male Anhinga. Yes, they were the same distance from me so they would both be in focus.


You showed tremendous patience to get that moment! Congrats!

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Jan 24, 2023 14:00:51   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
mikeroetex wrote:
You showed tremendous patience to get that moment! Congrats!


Patience yes, but mostly knowing when and where the birds show up is a big part of it. We visit our 3 Wetlands daily and you get to know where the different birds hang out. Then it's just a matter of having the settings on your camera prepared ahead of time.

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Jan 24, 2023 14:31:25   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Another great shot, Bill!

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Jan 24, 2023 17:07:57   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
billnikon wrote:
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the left. They will touch beaks, and with their beaks rub each others necks. Then the male will fly off and bring back nesting material, and the cycle then repeats itself. Note the aqua eye lore during mating on the male. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Florida.
Sony a1, Sony 600 f4 @ f4, 1/4000 sec. iso 400, manual exposure based on green leaf reading then down one stop (standard set up for metering with sun lighting the subjects the same way as the green leaves)
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the lef... (show quote)


The shot reminds me of Basil Rathbone and Errol Flynn dueling back in the old, old days A superb capture
⭐✨🌟✨⭐

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Jan 25, 2023 07:02:28   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
billnikon wrote:
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the left. They will touch beaks, and with their beaks rub each others necks. Then the male will fly off and bring back nesting material, and the cycle then repeats itself. Note the aqua eye lore during mating on the male. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Florida.
Sony a1, Sony 600 f4 @ f4, 1/4000 sec. iso 400, manual exposure based on green leaf reading then down one stop (standard set up for metering with sun lighting the subjects the same way as the green leaves)
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the lef... (show quote)


Excellent capture. Thanks for the exposure details.

👍👍

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Jan 25, 2023 10:56:11   #
raymondh Loc: Walker, MI
 
srsincary wrote:
Excellent capture. Thanks for the exposure details.

👍👍


Ditto!!

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Jan 25, 2023 11:28:55   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
billnikon wrote:
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the left. They will touch beaks, and with their beaks rub each others necks. Then the male will fly off and bring back nesting material, and the cycle then repeats itself. Note the aqua eye lore during mating on the male. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Florida.
Sony a1, Sony 600 f4 @ f4, 1/4000 sec. iso 400, manual exposure based on green leaf reading then down one stop (standard set up for metering with sun lighting the subjects the same way as the green leaves)
Male and Female Anhinga courtship. Male on the lef... (show quote)

Nice capture.

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Jan 25, 2023 12:18:11   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
What a great shot

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Jan 25, 2023 14:25:18   #
griffzky
 

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