Frank Lake – Summer 2021

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This web page is an invitation to the CALL Digital Photography group to photograph birds at Frank Lake. Prime time for observing bird behaviour is late May early June. Due to the pandemic restrictions we cannot go out as a group so we are suggesting you venture out individually and adhere to the Covid restrictions while photographing. This web page will stay open for submissions all summer. We will discuss the images on an ongoing basis during our Zoom meetings this summer season. If there are a lot of submissions we might schedule additional Zoom meetings to discuss the images, in-camera techniques and post processing.


36 Responses to Frank Lake – Summer 2021

  1. della says:

    It was extremely windy when I went to Frank lake as I forgot to check the forecast. A black neck stilt in flight ISO 1000 f8 1/1600 400mm

  2. Diana says:

    Headed to Frank Lake yesterday….a very windy day with quite a bit of cloud and some sun.
    American Avocet
    SS 1/1600; F8; ISO 1000; Focal Length 600 mm

  3. Diana says:

    There was lots of activity at Frank Lake……birds riding the wind and others being otherwise engaged!
    Amorous Avocets
    SS: 1/1600; F8: ISO 500; Focal Length 280 mm

  4. Diana says:

    There were quite a few White Faced Ibis around but they tended to always be flying away.
    SS 1/2000; F6.3; ISO 1250; Focal Length 600 mm

    • Henri says:

      Interesting colour on the wing tips. Did you enhance this image to bring the colour out, or is it because of the time of year (breeding season). I always perceived them as predominantly “brown”.

  5. Joe Horler says:

    As both Diana and Della mentioned Friday the 28th was VERY windy at Frank Lake. Coupling the wind with trying to do better a capturing everything from slow moving birds to birds in flight, it was a challenge. Shooting in Manual mode I set up my Fuji camera with a fast shutter, and high ISO as a starting point.
    First image is of a smallAvocet (doing his Rod Stewart impression).

  6. Joe Horler says:

    Second image is a “bird on a stick” pose by a yellow headed blackbird.
    Again my camera was set up for the bird to fly — captured at 10:55am May 28th.
    ISO 1600/ F 7.1/ SS@ 1/4000 second. Shot with a 100-400mm lens at 400mm (crop)
    Processed in Luminar.

  7. Joe Horler says:

    Third image from May 28th taken at 9:53am towards the Duck Unlimited enclosure (closed at present). I included it because it shows this gull working hard into the big headwind that he was facing.
    ISO 2000/ F7.0/ SSat 1/3200 second. — captured at 124mm.
    Processed (mostly sharpened further) in Luminar.

  8. Paul Fesko says:

    2021-05-31 American White Pelicans. I only have a 70-200 mm lens so all of my pictures are cropped in. 1/2000s, f4.0, ISO 160. Edited in LR, contrast adjusted in Color Efex Pro2, Cropped and Resized and exported

  9. Paul Fesko says:

    2021-05-31 Yellow Headed Blackbird. 1/2500s, f5.0, ISO 160. Edited in LR focusing on shadows to bring out the detail under the bird’s wings, contrast adjusted in Color Efex Pro2, cropped, resized and exported.

  10. Paul Fesko says:

    2021-05-31 Many birds come to Frank Lake to breed but some visitors come to feed. 1/1000s, f7.1, ISO 160. Edited and converted to b/w in LR, cropped, resized and exported.

  11. Paul Fesko says:

    2021-05-31 Avocet 1/2500s, f4.0, ISO 160. Edited in LR, contrast adjusted in Color Efex Pro2, cropped, resized and exported.

  12. della says:

    tern getting a fish
    1/2000f8 ISO 1250 400mm

  13. della says:

    semipalmated plovers
    ISO 560 400mm 1/400 f8

  14. Terry says:

    I call this one ‘leg art.’ The wind was minimal so ideal for reflections. I was able to shoot a variety of geometric leg patterns. A pad to kneel on is a good idea at Frank Lake. You will be more comfortable and cleaner when trying to get eye level shots. ISO 3200, 1/2000, 6.3, 600mm

  15. Terry says:

    ‘The Kiss’ Wilson’s Plalarope.
    ISO 3200, 1/2000,6.3, 600mm

  16. Terry says:

    ‘shhh’ Bonaparte Gulls
    ISO 3200, 1/2000, 6.3, 600mm

  17. Terry says:

    ‘the moment.’ Okay. not taken at Frank Lake, but it’s birds and I wanted share this one and it was taken by water…
    The female RWB was displaying behaviour indicating she was ready to mate. I kept track of her and when she settled in a tree I had spot focus set. Sometimes staying in one place and waiting really pays off.
    ISO 5000, 1/1000, f13, 600mm

  18. Beth says:

    Went to Frank Lake on the 14th, it was very hot but calm. Everything had such great reflections. I don’t have a big lens so everything is cropped in. I like this picture of the bird on the orange pipe because it matched the orange spot on his wing. I am not a birder so don’t know the names of any of the birds except the pelicans.

    f7.1, 1/1800 sec, iso 250

  19. Beth says:

    This shot was cropped in and the shadows lightened to show the bird’s face. I love the wings. f/7/1, 1/1800 sec/ 1s0 250

  20. Beth says:

    My favourite reflection of the day. Picture was cropped and shadows lightened.
    f7.1, 1/1300 sec, iso 250

  21. Beth says:

    Pelicans in flight. So incredibly graceful. Shot cropped and shadows lightened, the blue sky was a gift from Mother Nature.
    f7.1, 1/950 sec, iso 250

  22. Debra says:

    I have a tendency to overcrop an imagine just to show detail. I am a beginner at bird photography as this is only my second year. I shoot at high shutter speeds like 1/2500 sec so if the critters take off then I get the inflight picture. However all birds move at a different pace at different times. I would like to practice on hummingbirds as both lower and higher shutter speeds.
    I attempt to get up early before sunrise to arrive in a location or golden hour. I have an app for that now.

    • Diana says:

      Great shot, Debra. I was about to answer Henri’s question about the colour of the Ibis in flight that I submitted. I think your photo shows the colours very well….greens and maroon colours.

      • Debra says:

        Thanks Diana. I have an acquaintance named Adnan who posts in Alberta Birds too and has the same equipment as me. The colours he can get from an ibis are amazing. He says it’s simply canon colour and he doesn’t modify it. Every system has its own look and every lens its own sweet spot! He’s an IT guy so he knows his stuff.

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