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Jan 24, 2023 20:50:58   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
Jordan dam - NC.

Went to photograph eagles, it was a clear and sunny day, the engineers had let excess dam water out due to high levels after the weekend's rain causing turbulence near the dam and more fish. But no eagles showed up. Got some GBH and gull shots instead.

For the gull and the GBH-with fish shot, I used the Nikon 200-500 mm f/5.6 paired with the TC 1.4 iii for more reach, mounted on the D500. It could not focus fast enough even on gull BIF shots. The GBH dive shot was taken earlier - with the 300 mm PF + TC 1.4 iii.

Regarding the GBH-with-fish shot, the bird could not 'tackle' the big fish and eventually threw it back into the water.

Comments and critiques welcome,


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Jan 24, 2023 21:21:02   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Excellent work, Ronnie!

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Jan 24, 2023 21:23:17   #
Vector
 
Nice pics!

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Jan 24, 2023 22:03:12   #
Papou Loc: Ottawa, Canada
 
Superbe

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Jan 25, 2023 01:27:41   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Beautiful set Ronnie

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Jan 25, 2023 07:05:59   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 

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Jan 25, 2023 07:24:08   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
Thank you, Mike, Vector, Papou, Jack and nimbushopper for viewing and liking.

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Jan 25, 2023 08:25:39   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida
 
All very nice ! Very unusual GBH in flight ! ! ........thanks for sharing

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Jan 25, 2023 10:21:12   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
imagemeister wrote:
All very nice ! Very unusual GBH in flight ! ! ........thanks for sharing


Thank you, imagemeister, for your feedback. I think this particular GBH was beginning a dive to catch a fish.

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Jan 25, 2023 10:45:11   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
srsincary wrote:
Thank you, imagemeister, for your feedback. I think this particular GBH was beginning a dive to catch a fish.


I agree the flight position seems unusual for a GBH and was going to ask the question whether the bird was in a “fishing dive”. I was not aware GBH actually did dive for fish. Seems kind of dangerous for a bird with a long neck. Interesting, thanks for the post!

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Jan 25, 2023 11:23:31   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Great set, Ronnie.

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Jan 25, 2023 11:29:43   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
srsincary wrote:
Jordan dam - NC.

Went to photograph eagles, it was a clear and sunny day, the engineers had let excess dam water out due to high levels after the weekend's rain causing turbulence near the dam and more fish. But no eagles showed up. Got some GBH and gull shots instead.

For the gull and the GBH-with fish shot, I used the Nikon 200-500 mm f/5.6 paired with the TC 1.4 iii for more reach, mounted on the D500. It could not focus fast enough even on gull BIF shots. The GBH dive shot was taken earlier - with the 300 mm PF + TC 1.4 iii.

Regarding the GBH-with-fish shot, the bird could not 'tackle' the big fish and eventually threw it back into the water.

Comments and critiques welcome,
Jordan dam - NC. br br Went to photograph eagles,... (show quote)



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Jan 25, 2023 12:06:08   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
Nalu wrote:
I agree the flight position seems unusual for a GBH and was going to ask the question whether the bird was in a “fishing dive”. I was not aware GBH actually did dive for fish. Seems kind of dangerous for a bird with a long neck. Interesting, thanks for the post!


Hi Nalu - while I said that the GBH was probably diving for a fish, they eventually (soft) land on the water, then pick out the fish with their beak. Diving in neck first would be a health hazard for these birds - with apparently hollow bones.

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Jan 25, 2023 12:06:42   #
srsincary Loc: Cary, NC
 
Thank you, Earnest and Jack, for viewing and commenting.

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Jan 25, 2023 12:24:19   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
srsincary wrote:
Hi Nalu - while I said that the GBH was probably diving for a fish, they eventually (soft) land on the water, then pick out the fish with their beak. Diving in neck first would be a health hazard for these birds - with apparently hollow bones.


I googled fishing behavior for GBH’s. The info I found indicated that they sometimes do. I agree, for birds with long necks like this would be dangerous.

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