I spent a lot of time over the course of several years photographing in the “Secret Bird Pond” in the Great Trinity Forest. It is a wondrous little ephemeral pond that attracts all kinds of birds and other wildlife.
Much of the time I have photographed there in a floating blind I made many years ago. It is nothing more than a modified fly fishing float tube with a platform to support a camera and a top to keep anything from seeing you. The beauty of it is that you can move around with few birds or animals even noticing you are there. I have gotten mere feet from all kinds of birds, snakes, alligators and more.
Here is an image of my view from inside the floating blind.
And the image I just shot while in the blind of an Eastern Phoebe, spotlit in bright light next with a shadowed background.
The bright light and great distance from the bird to the background allowed me to even shoot the image at f/16 to try and get all the feathers sharp. It worked!
In my next few posts, I will tell some more floating blind stories.