Flight in any form is Gorgeous!
All I could think as I admired the incoming flight of White Ibis was, spectacular. That’s until I saw this one itching its back while flying in. Then I just thought, show off!
There is a very special rockery in Tampa when there is a westery breeze, the evening flyin is just a photographic delight. It is a challenge for your panning skills to say the least as you’re using big glass. There are some visual obstacles in the flight path which can take your eye away from the subject. And the rate of keepers is much lower than normal. But when you do make that sweet click, it is indeed sweet.
Making the shot required a teleconverter but with the ever decreasing light, the loss of light made AF operation sluggish. The trick is to prefocus on an object you think is about the distance of the subject when you first want to acquire it. This speeds up the system and makes it possible to make the click.
Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film