We had a last minute impromptu meetup at White Rock Lake as Tess had emailed saying she had the day off and how about shooting somewhere. I put a last minute memo out and Robin was able to join us.
For those of you who have never shot at White Rock Lake, I encourage you to do so. Nature abounds and this is a great time of year to shoot the birds as pelicans, coots, ducks, geese, pigeons, herons, egrets and cormorants are plentiful and within easy shooting range. And then there are other migrant birds that occasionally show up. An eagle has also been spotted there. You never know what you might find.
Tess and I showed up and were thrilled to see lots of pelicans sitting on the logs preening and birds all over the place. As we stood on the dock shooting, I struck up a conversation with another photographer and he was telling me about an incident that had occurred the end of November where a guy was caught shooting (with a gun!!) at the birds there at Sunset Bay, and from what he said, the guy was put in jail as he also had issues while on probation from previous issues. This was most upsetting to think that anyone would shoot at these beautiful birds let alone have a gun at Sunset Bay! Fortunately the Dallas police patrol the lake frequently!
Before long, we changed position to get a little closer to the birds. Shortly after that, Robin joined us and hid behind the tree to photograph the birds.
So we are chatting and shooting and suddenly Tess calls out… “Lala! That bird is bloody!” I look to where she is pointing and indeed, there is a pelican with blood evident on it’s upper neck and smeared on it’s upper back. Was this bird one of the ones that was shot at or did the injury come from something else? It was so sad to see but the pelican otherwise acted like it was feeling OK as it preened and there was another pelican that stayed by it’s side.
We continued to shoot a while and then as we were feeling chilled, we went to Pei Wei, the Asian diner just down the road, for some lunch and laughter!
Here is a slide show of some other photos from the day.
Fellow photographers share good information.
Keep your eyes open for the unexpected.
Try to capture animal behavior whenever you can.
A fast shutterspeed will help freeze the action.
Pigeons are beautiful!
It’s fun to play with photos adding a frame, text or using selective coloring.
Try to get a catch-light in the eyes.
Keep the eyes in sharp focus.