Blazing Avocets

November 03, 2015  •  3 Comments

American Avocet 3American Avocet 3Quivira National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise. The birds were posing in a nice formation with great reflections in the water. Also reflected in the upper portion is the warm light of sunrise illuminating the cattails at the back of the pool.

Photography is all about light: direct, indirect, reflected, warm, cool, bright, dim, morning, evening, mid-day, etc. Without some kind of light, there is no photograph. I was blessed with "perfect" light when I took this photo a week ago at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. I made the drive, hoping to photograph something in the fall migration. I had heard that water levels at the refuge were low due to a lack of any significant rain over the last month or two. I wasn't sure what I would find. Usually drought conditions mean that the water near the roads has dried up and any birds will be too far away to photograph. I always use my vehicle as a blind, shooting from the car window with a window mount and bean bag. The birds are used to seeing vehicles and usually are not spooked.

 

I arrived at the refuge shortly after sunrise and conditions were not looking good as I drove up the east side of the small marsh. It appeared that every pool close to the road was bone dry. I did see one pool up the road that had a little water in it. As I slowly approached, I saw there were a small group of American Avocets in the water. I was able to get in close without the birds flying. I could see that the light had a magical quality. The intense warm light of sunrise was illuminating the cattails at the back of the pool resulting in a blazing reflection in the water. The sun had not yet reached the birds or water. The near-white birds were standing out against the midnight blue water. The scene looked surreal. I knew I was capturing a special moment. And, how about that pose? Perfect!


Comments

3.Tim(non-registered)
Super shot TR!....and perfect pose, you get a magical shot 'cause you are a magician getting these 4 to strike this pose for you!
2.Thane Rogers Photography
Thanks Jim. I will have to check out your photos from these trips.
1.Jim Griggs(non-registered)
Beautiful image! Glad you found these out there. Been very busy the past 6 months with trips to Tanzania, Oregon, Wyoming, Scotland and back to Wyoming. Had a trip to Houston just in time for the left overs of the hurricane. Headed to Bosque del Apache in about two weeks.
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