I visited Shaw Nature Reserve early this morning. Along with my boys, Tim Jr. and Alec, we arrived early in the morning to try and catch some of the birds feeding. The reserve opens at 7 a.m. and costs $3.00 per adult with kids 12 and under free. In case you are not in hiking, you will want to visit Monday through Thursday when the entire loop is open for cars and on the weekend (Friday through Sunday) on the small front loop is open.
We loaded up our photography gear (Tim Sr. Nikon D3s with 300mm f/2.8 + 1.7TC, Tim Jr. Canon 5D Mark II with 2.0TC, and Alec Rebel T2i + 100mm f/2.8L Macro) and hiked about 5 miles over about a 4 hour period. The weather was absolutely perfect with the temperature around 74 degrees in the morning with some cloud cover and around noon it rose to about 82 degrees and sunny. The hike back with the D3s and 300mm lens on the 393 Manfrotto and monopod was a task, but well worth it.
HD Movie of some select photos:
Tim & Alec taking their first shots.
Photo taken by Tim Sr. with Nikon D3s 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
I am getting ready to head out for the hunt.
Photo taken by Alec using the Rebel T2i with the 100mm f/2.8L macro
We started out hike off the main loop working our way down about 2 miles to the entrance to the trail we wanted to hike. Along the way we had a lot of fun and were able to capture some of the natural beauty.
Once we got onto the trail heading back to the marsh area we carefully navigated our way along until we could hear or spot a potential subject. But before we could even get started we almost stepped on this little guy and startled Tim Jr. Alec took this photo with the T2i and macro.
With some careful footwork and a lot of patience we got our first two birds.
As we continued on we were lucky enough to capture a beautiful monarch butterfly and a baby on that just landed on a beautiful natural plant.
We eventually worked our way to the marsh area where we hoped to find some beautiful birds. While we were watching and waiting Alec noticed a fly that kept swarming around. He eventually was able to photograph him with his 100mm macro lens.
And then after a lot of hard work and a little luck we were blessed with our gift for the day. A beautiful American Goldfinch appeared perfectly in front of us on some of the natural plants and flowers.
Here are a few of the photos we were able to capture.
Just when we thought our luck couldn’t get any better, a couple of humming birds decided to give us a show along with some of the butterfly friends.
At this point we were several hours into to this adventure and we were running out of water and very hungry because we forgot our snacks. So we started the journey back with a smile on our faces ready talking about when we were coming back next.
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