Kayak bird photography

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Kayak bird photography

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Some photos taken while kayaking.

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Coot
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Coots
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Coots and cormorants
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Cormorant
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Green heron
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Nesting great blue heron
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Great blue heron with chicks
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Anhinga
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Green heron taking a fish
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Semipalmated sandpiper
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Horned grebe
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Red-breasted merganser
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Spotted sandpiper
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Pair of Louisiana waterthrush
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Lesser scaup
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Osprey
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Swamp sparrow
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And some (more or less) recent non-kayak photos

Prothonotary warbler
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Brown-headed nuthatch
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red-winged blackbird
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Cardinal
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Male eastern bluebird
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Female
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Chipping sparrow
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Thanks for looking
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All I can say is: WOW!
Really gorgeous. Thank you for starting my day off with a big, avian-inspired smile.

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Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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Please tell us about your setup. Anything special? I assume you set a tripod in the kayak...

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Thanks, guys.

The setup is nothing special. Just a Sony A77 with a 70-400mm lens handheld. I was trying to think of a way to use a tripod on the kayak, but it is really not practical as you would always have to have the kayak pointed towards the subject. You really need to be able to turn in all different directions, so hand holding is the only way to go.

I was keeping my camera in the Pelican case behind the seat, but it was too clunky and loud. I switched to a drybag. (Most of these photos were taken while fishing.)

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Amazing series of photos.
I have always wanted to try that but I'm afraid of tossing my camera into the water. do you take the camera out of the dryer bag for each photo and put it away when done? Otherwise I would be worried about my camera getting wet.

Your Semipalmated Sandpiper is a Least Sandpiper (yellow legs).

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chrish wrote:Amazing series of photos.
I have always wanted to try that but I'm afraid of tossing my camera into the water. do you take the camera out of the dryer bag for each photo and put it away when done? Otherwise I would be worried about my camera getting wet.
Thanks, Chris. Yes, I do put the camera back in the dry bag after every time I use it. I got a wider model of kayak so that stability wouldn't be an issue (this one is stable enough to stand on), so I just have to worry about butterfingers. It was a little nerve wracking at first, but I've gotten over it.
chrish wrote:Your Semipalmated Sandpiper is a Least Sandpiper (yellow legs).
Interesting. I checked with a friend who is good with peep ID and he thought semipalmated. He thought the light made the legs look lighter and that the bill matched semipalmated (straigth and blunt as opposed to slightly curved and pointed). It was also confirmed on ebird (semipalmated is considered rare for the locations/time whereas least would not be), though I don't know how much they scrutinize those. Several of each species had been documented at the location in previous days, though.

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Very very nice! Thanks for posting these!

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You're killing it in that yak.

I'd definitely call your peep a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Legs don't look yellow to me, and the bill fits.

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