Nervous Spoonbill Takeoff

As I watched this Roseate Spoonbill perched on a dead limb, it seemed very nervous. When I first saw it, it was facing away from me.

7DI_9111-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

Soon the spoonbill turned around, not smoothly but instead looking very awkward. Its wings were used apparently to keep it from falling off its perch.

7DI_9117-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1250)

From that point on, the bird rarely stood still. It repeatedly moved its head to different positions in a nervous manner.

7DI_9126-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

7DI_9131-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

Finally, the spoonbill steadied up and decided to leave. The next three shots were all taken during a time interval lasting less than one second.

“On your mark . . . ,

7DI_9132-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

get set . . .,

7DI_9133-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

GO!”

7DI_9134-xCanon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)

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The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.


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