What now seems like a lifetime ago I did some free-lance wildlife photography for a couple different outdoorsman publications. This was typically big game stuff, deer and elk mostly, rarely did I ever shoot any birds. Over the years I would go out and photograph birds from time to time, but I never really made an effort to do so, it was more a matter of opportunity when I was out shooting other things. I posted an image recently of a Blue Heron taking flight over Capitol Lake here in Olympia, and it was one of those shots, it just sort of happened when I was out shooting other things. That image though has quickly become one of my favorites so far this year, and has really motivated me to get out specifically to shoot birds.
My wife and I headed out to the Nisqually Nation Wildlife Refuge on Saturday for the sole reason of getting some bird shots. I mounted my Sigma 50-500mm lens onto my new D600 and put all of that on a monopod and headed out. Sadly it was a very overcast day and the light was much flatter than I had hoped for, but I still managed to get a few shots that I was pretty happy with. This image of a Blue Heron standing guard on some drift wood at high tide is one of them.
Stay tuned, I have a few more shots from Saturday that I will be sharing, and I am planning on making a lot more trips out to home my bird photography skills.