Wildlife is everywhere! I live in a heavily populated urban area, and this image was shot just a few miles from my house. To me, it underscores the importance of maintaining and preserving as much natural habitat as possible, everywhere. I believe that nature photographers can have a tremendous impact on how our audience sees the world.
My goal as a photographer is to observe and document the natural world, and share the images that I capture with others.
How I got the shot
I photograph wildlife (mostly) at a park near my home east of Seattle, Washington, several times per week. I’m not alone there, several “regulars” also shoot there. The morning that I shot this image I initially walked right past these birds! A fellow photographer pointed them out. I sat on the boardwalk using the guide rails for stability and spent about 30 minutes composing and recomposing. As is often the case, I didn’t realize what I’d captured until I got home and uploaded the contents of my memory card to my computer. I believe that a small fraction of “getting the shot” is equipment, technique, and patience. The bulk of it is being in that “right place, at the right time”.
What I used
Canon 7D Mark ii
Canon 100-400mm lens
Canon 1.4 Teleconverter
Handheld at 1/2500 second, f/11, ISO 6400