Chincoteague NWR > November 2007
Archive Index Michael W. Masters
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This was the second November visit to Chincoteague NWR, and although it produced only a few images several were good additions to the collection.  Memorably, a belted kingfisher sat motionless along the Beach Road between Swan Cove and Little Tom's Cove, staring out across the Cove for several minutes while several photographers clicked away.  The images were less than superb due to the fact that we couldn't get out in the Cove to get a proper angle and also due to the intervening block of concrete rip-rap used to stabilize the Cove bank.  Nevertheless, I was glad to get anything because belted kingfishers are notoriously flighty at the refuge.  Usually all I have to do to flush one is to slow down in my SUV and look its way.

I was also pleased with the mallard images as well as the ruddy duck capture, all of which were in good water settings.  The royal terns were quite a surprise, as they are seldom seen at Assateague Beach.  The gull wing blur was a lucky happenstance, a product of a low light level grab shot, but the image works well -- almost as if it had been planned!  The twice processed oystercatcher image provided an opportunity to try out background gradient blur processing.  In the first, the bird was masked and a gradient blur applied to the background, creating the effect of a shallower depth of field. For comparison, the second image has had only standard processing applied. 

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Belted-Kingfisher-E0K2065 Black-Backed-Gull-E0K2550 Black-Necked-Skimmer-E0K1906 Cormorant-Y2F4977 Mallard-Female-E0K1962
Mallard-Male-E0K2495 Oystercatcher-E0K2482 Oystercatcher-E0K2482-x Oystercatcher-E0K2516 Ringbill-Flying-Y2F5100
Royal-Tern-_E0K2240_1 Royal-Terns-Three-E0K2181 Ruddy-Duck-E0K1989 Snow-Geese-&-Clouds-Y2F4801 Snow-Geese-Two-Y2F4965

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