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American Avocets at Conneaut Harbor - 15 August 2010

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/800 sec. at f/5.6 (manual), ISO 800, handheld at ground level

Sunday, August 15 was a good day at Conneaut Harbor in Ashtabula County, OH. By far the highlight of the day was a flock of 10 American Avocets, a mixed flock of juveniles and adults.
 
The birds were present at dawn, and spent most of the morning resting and feeding (but mostly resting). As lunchtime approached and the sun came out, human disturbance increased steadily, as is inevitable on the weekends at the harbor. They were remarkably tolerant of all the beachgoers, but eventually left for good in the middle of the afternoon.
 
But in the meantime, they posed for lots of pictures...

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/1250 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/1250 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/2000 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, handheld at ground level

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/1250 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, handheld at ground level

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/2500 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, handheld at ground level

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/2500 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, handheld at ground level

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/2000 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 500, handheld at ground level

They even flew around the harbor a few times...

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L, 1/2000 sec. at f/5.6 (manual), ISO 500, handheld

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L, 1/2000 sec. at f/5.6 (manual), ISO 500, handheld

The day started off with cloudy/dark conditions, usually a recipe for flat, boring photos. But the soft, pastel colors of the American Avocet are an exception (see also banner photo above, which was taken in very dark conditions). The noise control on the 1DMkIV helps too...

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x, 1/800 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1000, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/640 sec. at f/5.6 (manual), ISO 1000, handheld at ground level

Click here for some more photos from Conneaut on 15 August.

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