The new boardwalk opens up new sunrise vistas for the early bird photographer. There’s nothing like nesting birds bring in sticks against a bright orange sky!
I arrived 30 minutes before sunrise, so I had to wait a few minutes for them to open the park gates. It was a foggy morning. I walked across the street where there was a pretty landscape of trees, fog, and orange-illuminated sky.
I took my bike so that I could get to the boardwalk quickly for the best dramatic light. The Roseate Spoonbills were already active. They’d fly back and forth with nesting material. I loved the backlight in this bird’s wings as he flew towards his nest.
My camera shutter went crazy as the birds went by. A pileated woodpecker with his tall crest. A Black-crowned Night Heron with nesting material. Then this Wood Stork flew right in front of me.
The vultures sleep in the treetops, so it’s pretty easy to find a good angle for a sunrise silhouette.
The giant orange orb peeked up over the horizon just as a vulture flew past. You can see the “cormorant Christmas tree” on the left. Another photographer said “here we go!” just as a flock of Black-bellied Whisting ducks took flight with a chorus of whistles. What a great morning to be outside!
Want to know what else I saw that morning? Come back for the next post!
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Well, that’s no fair.
I have to go in the mornings for the incredible light you show is possible.
I have to go in the afternoons for the incredible light on the rookery.
All day is the answer, I reckon.
Seriously, though. Your photographs of the beginning of the day are really special!
Have you planned your next visit yet, Wally?
Beautiful shots of the sunrise and silhouettes!
Wonderful photos! I like the light and your subjects and compositions. Well done!
Thanks Ed! Your spoonbill report motivated me to fight traffic and discover my newest addiction! Maybe I’ll bump into you out there one of these days