Preening White Ibis

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I had just finished photographing some goslings at this local park when a flock of White Ibis flew in and landed along the shoreline. I slowly crept in to get a close intimate portrait of this bird which was slightly away from the flock. I positioned the sun directly behind the bird since the sun was really strong at this point, and dialed the exposure down to maintain detail in the bright white glowing feathers. It ended up quite a dramatic portrait and then the Ibis started to preen, which was perfect to make for something a little different than a static portrait. I really liked the turned back head and how the feathers were fluffed out on the back. It was also nice to see those lovely blue eyes of this species.

  • Location:  Easy Street Park in Sebastian, Florida

  • Date Taken: 01/06/2019

  • Exposure: 1/2000 @ f/4

  • ISO: 200

  • Exposure Mode: Manual

  • Focal Length: 500mm

  • Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

  • Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.