Froggie Repairs… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Froggie Repairs...

White Ibis in flight. Alafia Banks, on the Hooptie Deux. It is a composite made from 3 consecutive flight images. I took the best features of each 🙂 Probably with the Canon 600mm f/4L IS lens and the EOS-1Ds Mark II. On the tripod with a Mongoose.

I was headed west on State Road 60 headed for Gibsonton for an early morning with the spoonbills and White Ibises on the Hooptie Deux with my good friend and BPN founding partner James Shadle aka Froggie when my cell phone rang at about 5:45am of course. I had finally slept to the alarm which rang at 3:30 am. On Tuesday evening I had stayed up until 1am, wide awake after napping from 8:30 am till 1:30 pm; can you say Japanese jet lag? I was surprised to hear from James.

Anyway, back to the main story. “I took the boat for a test run and the fuel line sprang a leak. Go to Lowes just off I75 at Gibsonton Road and pick my up a 3/8” inch splice barb from plumbing. They open at 6am. Once you get to the dock have someone bring it out to me. I am stuck at the first marker bouy, #15. After that it will take me 5 minutes to make the repairs. I got to Lowes at 6:04 am. Perfect. Only they did not look open. They were not. They open at 7am. New hours. So not much to do but hook up the laptop to my car plane charger, get on line with my Droid, and share my exciting morning.

If all goes well we should be out to Alafia Banks just after sunrise. As I say often, you gotta love it. Well, it is 6:53 am and I am headed into Lowe’s; wish us luck!

White Ibis pre-dawn jiggle blur. Alafia Banks, on the Hooptie Deux. Probably with the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark III. Hand held.

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15 comments to Froggie Repairs…

  • By the way, that is a great example of a Ballchinian White Ibis.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      For some reason I had thought that

      #1: all these years I had thought that you were saying vulchinian….

      #2: ballchinian was a word that you had coined…

  • Thanks for the 3/8″ hose barb! The Hooptie Deux ran like new after the repair.

    Today was a black and gray day on the bay, lots of Vultures, Fish Crows and Brown Pelicans(and some pink birds!).

    Always nice to catch up with my friend and partner on the ‘Deux.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Ditto. Actually James jury rigged a repair with a plastic bag and some zipper wax and was able to make it back to the dock by the time I showed up with the repair gear!

  • Thanks for getting The Hooptie in ship shape condition. I’m headed there this weekend!

  • avatar cheapo

    Is that a male White Ibis in breeding mode? He seems to be really showing off with that colouring and his inflated chin! Hey, I can also find this image via a Google image search for White Ibis! First page, about 5 rows from the bottom. That red really is vivid, and your focus on the eye seems to be spot on.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not sure male or female…. Chin is not inflated, just distended for a week or so at the height of breeding plumage. The sharp eye was from one of the three original frames….

  • avatar Richard Pouchert

    Hello Arthur, Any further comments on the upcoming X model and how it will work into your schedule????

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Richard, I will absolutely be purchasing a 1DX for the same reason that I have purchased a 5D MIII: I am tremendously excited by the all new AF system that they share. I should have a chance to use my new 5D MIII soon. As indicated in Rudy Winston’s article here, the AF system of the 1DX will be even more sophisticated than that of the 5D MIII:

      One important difference between the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X: while both share the same 61-point AF system and essentially the same AF optics and supporting electronics, only the EOS-1D X has the 100,000 pixel RGB metering system, and ability to activate “EOS iTR” – Intelligent Tracking and Recognition. This system uses not only AF information, but information about an initial subject’s color, size and location (from the RGB metering sensor) to help guide the AF system to continually update AF points when Automatic AF point selection is combined with AI Servo AF. With the EOS 5D Mark III, this automatic switching of points to follow a moving subject is done strictly using info from the AF system, not the metering system as well.

      Do note that that link to that info was originally published in BAA Bulletin #403 here. I will be studying that article at great lengths once I get my hands on my 5DIII.

  • Mannnnnn that White Ibis… he is looking right at you!

  • avatar Arla

    As someone who works full time and is stuck in an office, I love reading about your adventures!

  • Love #2. The shapes are great, but I also love the
    fact that all of the Ibis’ are below the top of the
    tree line.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      With the exposure for the mangroves you just cannot see the ibises in the sky. BTW, this was an intentional jiggle pleasing blur. Learn lots more about creating pleasing blurs in A Guide to Pleasing Blurs by Denise Ippolito and yours truly.