© John Phillips Jr.
July 25, 2011
Forum member John Phillips Jr. of Orange, Texas, photographed this Roseate Spoonbill at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary
in High Island, Texas. He calls Smith Oaks “my favorite place to go from March until June.”
“It’s possibly one of the best sanctuaries in the U.S. for photographing spoonbills for numbers and for getting up close,” he says. “I was on an outside point of island where they circle around and then come right at you right before they perch on a limb. The point is free of obstructions, and the background is in shade, making not just the spoonbill but other birds standout in the sunlight.”
John used a Canon 1D Mark IV and a 400mm f/5.6 lens. See a spoonbill splashing in water.
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