24 August 2019

Birds in Flight variety on a crisp Saturday Morning

Yellow-billed duck in in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
For large parts of this year the conditions were not great for photographing birds in flight here at the Diep River, Woodbridge Island.

A lack of good light (winter conditions) and the long-term restoration project of the wooden bridge damped my enthusiasm somewhat.

Nevertheless, I will grab a good light day and Saturday was such a day.

Herewith a few birds in flight during a vibrant and sunny morning - even managed to photograph my first juvenile lesser flamingos (not often seen in this part of the world.

Some low flying over the Diep river, with others flying higher and over the Milnerton Golf Course.

Birds in flight (from the top)
  • Yellow-billed duck
  • African oystercatcher
  • Cape shoveler duck
  • Egyptian goose
  • Black-winged stilt
  • Homer / racing pigeon
  • Lesser flamingos

Lightroom Post-Processing
All images processed in Adobe Lightroom 8. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Sharpness and noise reduction applied.

Cape Town Location
Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Over the Diep River flowing past the Milnerton Golf Course

Equipment (Birds In Flight / Action Photography)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CF Card

Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200s - 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 320 - 1000)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Large / Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

(Click to enlarge)
Yellow-billed duck in in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Yellow-billed duck in in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (Against the Milnerton Golf Course)

African oystercatcher in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
African oystercatcher in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (over the Diep River with Milnerton Golf Course behind)

Cape shoveler duck in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Cape shoveler duck in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (over the Diep River with Milnerton Golf Course behind)

Egyptian goose in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Egyptian goose in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (low flying over the Diep River)

Black-winged stilt in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Black-winged stilt in flight Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (low flying over the Diep River)

Homer / racing pigeon in flight - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Homer / racing pigeon in flight - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (over the Milnerton Golf Course)

Juvenile lesser flamingos in flight - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Juvenile lesser flamingos in flight - Woodbridge Island, Milnerton (Over the Milnerton Golf Course)

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