Limpkin 20120225

Limpkin 20120225

Image by Kenneth Cole Schneider
After checking on the eagle nest, Mary Lou and I drove over to nearby Chapel Trail Nature Preserve. The water levels are quite high for this time of the year, so prey is not concentrated for long-legged waders. Just after stepping on the boardwalk I started looking for land birds and only got a shot of a shrike. Then I heard the call of a Limpkin. Mary Lou was already half way to the end of the boardwalk, and she called to say she had the Limpkin in sight on a small island in the second lake.I hurried there and photographed the Limpkin calling from a small tree. Anticipating it to take flight, I set the autofocus to AI Servo. Unfortunately, I unknowingly pushed the wrong button and instead set the exposure compensation to (-1 1/3). Sure enough, the Limpkin flew almost over our heads. Luckily my earlier shots had the bird in the center focus point, and I hoped that the "Artificial Intelligence" would keep it in focus as it passed by. Unfortunately, all the dead-on shots were blurred, and the first few were very dark, almost like silhouettes, In processing with DPP, I lightened them +1.33 and this almost undid the damage. Visit blog.rosyfinch.com

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