September 2nd, 2016 – Avian Friday: Killdeer

During one of the Seabeck Eagle outings in early June I spotted a pair of Killdeer who had taken up roosting in one of the waterfront lawns next to the beach. These birds are usually very skittish and don’t allow people to get very close to them. I took several shots while keeping a considerable distance to the leery couple with the 500mm lens also attached to a 1.4x teleconverter which allowed me to get “close” without putting undue stress on the birds. The lawn was elevated behind a seawall which allowed the same eye level perspective of the bird. Depth of field was rather narrow as seen by the strip of grass that is in focus.The green background from the grass works nicely to complement the colors of the Killdeer and there is a little weirdness with the bokeh that I hadn’t really seen when using this lens before.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus )

Seabeck, Washington 
700mm | 1/2000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 400

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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