As summer winds down here in Ohio, I prepare to switch into a different type of photography, landscapes. But before fall actually arrives according the calendar, one of the things I like to do this time of year is to photograph shorebirds. Normally a good location for shorebirds is the Conneaut sand spit located in extreme north east Ohio. I made a visit to this location a couple weeks ago for the first time in several years. Not sure why but for some reason I will go years between visits at certain locations. Unless of course there is something really good there.
Things were kind of slow at the sand spit but I did manage some decent shots in some great light before the clouds rolled in 2 hours later. My favorite thing to do with shorebirds is to photograph them from a a low angle. It really changes the perspective of things. I like to use my Skimmer Pod whenever possible and I know I won’t be shooting in the water as the pools up at this location would be deep enough to submerge my lens using the Skimmer Pod.
When I can’t use my Skimmer Pod as in these photos I like to splay my tripod out as low as I can go without submerging my camera into the water. I’m sure I am a sight to see. 🙂
Something about being partially submerged in water and/or mud really appeals to me. Call me crazy. Most people probably do. 🙂
For most of these guys there next stop will be Florida or even parts in South America as I have come to learn for some species. Pretty remarkable journey these guys make from the high Arctic to parts south. One day, I hope to be able to visit them on their breeding ground up in Alaska.