Monday, January 16, 2017

Ani and the Big Dog!

 Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani).

Facebook's SW Florida Bird Alert "WENT HOT" with recent reports of a Smooth-billed Ani seen at the north end of Ft Desoto Park, a barrier island in Pinellas County, Florida.

This is a tropical bird, in the cuckoo family, seen only in south Florida...and rarely in SW the report sent us off to Ft Desoto

 This multi-use park has 1,136 acres with 7 miles of beachfront....and an impressive 326 species bird list!

 Here is "The Big Dog".....Liv's Nikon P900 with 83x telephoto.  Great for a rare bird outing when you don't want to carry a 50lb lens and tripod.
The lead pic on this post was taken (hand held) at 428mm (that's 2000mm equivalent 35mm film), 1/500 sec, f6.5, ISO 150.

 Above is a crop up taken with my Nikon D330 with 70-200mm zoom.  Taken at 200mm, 1/640, f 6.3, ISO 200.

 Same photo as above before the crop up.  You just cannot beat "Nikon glass."

 The P900 has a view finder, but here Liv uses the screen.

 A couple of more Ani shots.  Wonder if this one is a stray or a pioneer of a colonization?
Taken a bit closer to the bird with the Big Dog.  321mm, 1/500 sec, f 6.3, ISO 160.

 152mm, 1/500 sec, f 5.6, ISO 110.

 The monopod was a great idea...of course we left ours in the car!!

 Always a great day at Ft Desoto....whether birding, biking, fishing, paddling, picnicking, or beaching!

Mid January!  No ice, no snow....just sunshine and miles of beach.
Come on just might see an Ani!

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