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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #76 April 14, 2002

ROMA, TEXAS
PHOTO HOTSPOT ALERT: FORT DESOTO PARK
 

ROMA, TEXAS

 
 
 
Green Jay    Copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, EOS 1v body, 2X II TC, Provia 100 F pushed one stop, Evaluative Metering at zero, fill flash at -1.
 
The images in this Bulletin were made by yours truly on the recent Roma, TX IPTs.  Photographers visiting the Rio Grande Valley this spring or next season (fall thru spring) may wish to spend a day or two photographing at the two spectacular photo blinds on Roel Ramirez' ranch in Roma, Texas.  
 
 
 
 
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker (male)    Copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, EOS 1v body, 1.4X II TC, Fuji Velvia (accidentally) pushed two stops
Evaluative Metering + 1/3 stop, fill flash at -1.
Here are the rates:
 
One photographer:       $125.00 per day.
Two photographers:      $200.00 per day.
Three photographers:    $250.00 per day
Four photographers:      $300.00 per day
 
 
Black-crested (Mexican) Titmouse    Copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, EOS 1v body, 2X II TC, Provia 100 F pushed one stop, Evaluative Metering at zero, fill flash at -1.
 
Interested photographers may contact Roel Ramirez as follows:
 
call:
work: 956-487-2582
cell: 956-607-0050
home/evenings: 956-849-1777
 
write:
Roel Ramirez
PO Box 157
5353 E. Highway 83
Rio Grande City, TX  78582
 
 
 
 
Great Kiskadee    Copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, EOS 1v body, 1.4X II TC, Fuji Velvia pushed one stop, Evaluative Metering at zero, fill flash at -1.
 
For complete Roma, Texas details, please e-mail and request a copy of Bulletin 75. 
 
 
PHOTO HOTSPOT ALERT: FORT DESOTO PARK
 
Recently, I have begun spending time at Fort DeSoto Park on Mullet Key south of St. Petersburg, Florida.  My favorite spot in the park, which features a variety of habitats, is the lagoon at North Beach.  This past Wednesday and Thursday, I had a ball  photographing breeding plumaged Laughing Gulls performing a variety of breeding-related behaviors.  These gulls are spectacularly beautiful at this time of year with their blood-red bills, velvety black hoods, white eye crescents, red eye-rings, wine-red legs, snow-white breasts, and dark gray mantles.  I finished a roll of a pair copulating in ten seconds !  I was also lucky enough to capture images of various mating displays and even made two frames of a male vomiting up fish into his mate's mouth, surely a sign of true love!. I will share some of these images with you in a future Bulletin. In addition, I photographed Royal and Sandwich Terns, both species in full breeding plumage, several shorebird species including Red Knot, Marbled Godwit, and Long-billed Curlew. The lagoon can be great in both morning and afternoon. If you are lucky, you may find the area near the Bay Pier alive with migrants on a spring morning, especially after a cold front has passed through.  If you have a chance, get out to DeSoto with your long lens and let me know how you do.
 

 



 

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