Kissimmee Jimmy & In the Zone at Gatorland « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Kissimmee Jimmy & In the Zone at Gatorland

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Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens with the EOS-1D Mark IV handheld. ISO 400. Metered off the reeds and added 1/3 stop: 1/2000 sec. at f/5 set manually.

Denise Ippolito and I spent yesterday morning on West Lake Toho with Jim Neiger.  There are several folks who will take you out on this lake for a fee but nobody knows the lake anywhere near as good as Kissimmee Jimmy.  The Fish and Wildlife folks know to ask him for help.  Jim lives on the lake and is out there scouting and photographing almost every day whether he has clients or not.  Right now Jim has two pristine, unbanded Snail Kites that perch cooperatively every day.  As water levels change weekly it would behoove those in the Orlando/Kissimmee area to give Jim a call and get out on the lake for a day of photography asap. 

You can contact Jim Neiger for more information by phone at 407-247-5200 or by e-mail at

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Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens with the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/400 sec. at f/18.

When I predicted in the February 22, 2010 post ( the Gatorland was getting better every day I was right :).  We visited again yesterday afternoon, again the guests of our most gracious host, Mike Godwin.   It is a delight to see Mike taking care of the visiting photographers like an eager mother hen.  The early entry/late-stay program for photographers represents and incredible value and an incredible opportunity.

You can learn more about the Gatorland Rookery (in Kissimmee, FL) and their photographer’s program here:

We visited primarily to get some great images of Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage and that we did.  The next BAA Bulletin will feature a piece on working in cluttered rookeries so be sure not to miss it!

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Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evalautive metering -1/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/9 set manually.

The micro-adjustment that I did on my Mark IV resulted in my already sharp iamges being just a bit sharper.  You can learn to micro-adjust both your Mark IV and 7D camera bodies with your various lenses in the respective User Guides.  Scroll down here for info on purchasing either guide.   

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