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p.1 #1 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Round 2 of the Pigeon Guillemots I shot a couple of weeks back. This set is a bit bigger than I would like to post but I got a million of them Please note these birds are Guillemots, a fish eating Alcid, they are not pigeons

These are from a mix of days but all from the same location.

To me shooting these guys is what wildlife photography is all about. Hard work with a nice payoff. I would get up way before sunrise, 4:00 or so, hussle my butt out of the cabin, drive to the location, park, walk the mile or so to where these guys hung out, sit down and wait for the sun to break the horizon and for the birds to get used to me. I spent a good 20 minutes or so sitting in the pre-dawn observing these guys before the sun came up. This gave them a chance to get used to me, by the time the sun was up they were not bothered by me in the least. Once the light came around I was able to move about, albeit slowly, without disturbing them. I was then able to photograph them as I please. It's a lot of effort to do all of this but the payoff is huge. To me this is wildlife photography.

Tim





1 Mom do I have get up?

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/1000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







2 sometimes they wandered in really close

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







3 a courtship display

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







4 a courtship display from the back. I was photographing her from the front when she suddenly turned as if to say "so hot shot, expose this!"

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







5 sometimes they can look quite plump LOL

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 19, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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6 sitting around

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/800s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







7 sitting around

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







8 "makeup!!"

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/500s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







9 "how about if I stand next to the only rock on the beach?"

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







10 the scene, This is the delta of a river with the tide coming in, as you can see there are lots of sloping bits of beach going the river, hence some of the off kilter horizons

  Canon PowerShot S95    7mm    f/4.0    1/800s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 19, 2013 at 02:51 PM
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p.1 #3 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


I am so glad you got up early These are a treat to behold ! Having never seen this bird, am really enjoying these.
I thought I could pick a favorite, but no. Each one is so unique from the glow of the sunrise , to water drops, to the coloration of the mouth and legs, to killer beach shots , all wonderful .

This is wildlife photography.

Birdie



Jun 19, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #4 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Tim,

Great images. Worth the loss of sleep and the hike in. Are the shots in the Seattle area?

Rich



Jun 19, 2013 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #5 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


high quality stuff as per usual tim. this is a really nice assortment of shots, lots of different positions and actions. shots 2, 5, and 9 are really doing it for me. 2 cuz i am partial to headshots, 5 cuz the action/exposure are great, and 9 cuz of the rock and the soft, striped background. a real pleasure!

dorian



Jun 19, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #6 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Spot on exposure on these, Tim, and the shots are crispy and detailed.
I like thew poses you captured as they show the character and personality of these birds
Socrate



Jun 19, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


I will be back later......

I like the last shot best

Geeeesh you put a lot of effort into being able to have the chance for shots like these Tim, impressive dedication to get what you want from nature and this subject.
I am not sure how to describe their true color other than it seems to be varied by the light and shows a sooty-gray-brown if that makes sense? I can say their feet are bright green...................ooooops I mean Orange

#4 has a face on its butt
Picking favs is never easy but I pick #5 and #9 thank you very much!

The pics are well earned my friend, the description of the beginning of the early morning is a real treat

Karl

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Jun 19, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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p.1 #8 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Phenomenal set of pics Tim. They were well worth your effort!

Congrats,
Tom



Jun 19, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #9 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Excellent shots Tim, good job with all of these.
David



Jun 19, 2013 at 07:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


For some reason your lenses look larger than my big 70-200mm! I really like those shots and that one showing where you were. Great idea. Thanks, Tim.
Al



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p.1 #11 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Wonderful set, Tim; great images (as usual), accompanied by an informative and meaningful commentary. Light looks, well, golden; it's a terrific experience both to see these images, and to envision what it was like capturing them. My favorites: #3 and #5 for the poses/behavior; #9 for the artistic composition (rock->bird->creamy background).

Greg

P.S. What's up with the double catchlight in #2?
P.P.S. Looks like wildlife photography is not only all that you said, but also carrying 20 pounds of big lenses for the mile to the beach!



Jun 19, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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p.1 #12 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Tim,
These ALL are so SWEET!!
BeeBalm



Jun 19, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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p.1 #13 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Super wildlife work, Tim.
To get up before 4:00 on several days really shows your dedication
and this dedication is visible in your images.
Chris



Jun 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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p.1 #14 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Nice and sweet!


Jun 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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p.1 #15 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


very nice Tim .. we only have black guillemots here


Jun 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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p.1 #16 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Great stuff Tim! The burdz all look great with lots of detail. Techs are all very good, so I'm picking 5 - because I can... ~ Ron


Jun 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #17 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Wow! Tim, these are the best-looking pigeon images I've ever seen.
Oh, sorry... pigeon guillemots .
Those bright-red feet and legs are a special treat, especially when they come in for a skid-landing on the water.
Charlie



Jun 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #18 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


Great looking set Tim. I've never seen one of these birds but you did an awesome job capturing them. Definitely looks like the extra effort was worth it



Jun 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #19 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


The early bird gets the light, beauty job Tim.

Rob



Jun 20, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #20 · Pigeon Guillemots (10)


2, 3, 5 and 9 are my picks. Why type of bird is that in 10?

Morris



Jun 20, 2013 at 02:47 AM
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