Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inca Tern in flight

Inca Tern in flight, Fresno Chaffee Zoo 2006

1/45 sec at f/16, focal length: 80mm, ISO 200 - March 5, 2006, 1:40m PDT
Photographed with Nikon D100, Nikon 35-80mm f/4-5.6D AF Zoom-Nikkor, hand held

Here's one pulled from the archives. This was made at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in March of 2006. My wife and I had decided to go to the zoo to get in some good walking as she was pregnant with our daughter, Haven, and was one day over due. Walking is supposed to help induce labor. I don't think it really worked for us, since Haven decided not to join us for another three days. But then again, she never really comes when she's supposed to.

Back to the image...These Incan Terns are in an aviary at the zoo, which you can walk through. They were flying all around pretty much non stop. Dipping in and out of the trees, diving into the little stream that runs through the aviary, and splashing about in the waterfall. Trying to photograph them was a bit of a challenge, but good practice for panning. Many, many, many frames later and I got one that I love (I didn't know until they were loaded on the screen though - too much action and no time for chimping on location)

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