Rare Green Flash at Sunset

This is an actual “Green Flash”.
For those of you that have never heard of this,check out this http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/GF/observing/advice.html
They occur more often in the winter. You need a cold layer,an inversion. The sun is way below the TRUE horizon by the time you see this green flash.
The best way to see these is with a pair of binoculars ,up on a Headland(above the water,the higher the better) & obviously at the ocean. You need a clear horizon to the west. No
clouds!
If your going to be brave & try to shoot this,you’ll need as big as lens as you can get. Something in the order of at least a 400mm. I have a 1200mm that I use sparingly,because it’s awkward . A really good tripod. That means steady. Not some little plastic tripod you picked up at the corner store.If you bring something comfortable to lay on ,you could use a rock as a table. Just bring something soft(your jacket?) to place on the rock so your camera doesn’t get all scratched up
Oh,that little black dot …………thats Frank. One of the eagles from Frank Island
I guess he just had to be in the shot. He’s such a ham!

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Lennard Island Lighthouse Sunset Storm


I always like to use the Lighthouse as a background for my ocean shots. Probably too much.
I often play my “Spider/Fly” method of shooting here. It’s real simple.I just go there & wait for some prey to come along. By prey ,I mean of course a boat or a plane/helicopter,Tallship etc.
On this particular shot…………a wave. Ya I know not that interesting,but it can be if it’s big enough.

“Juliette” on the Deadman Island Nest


This is “Juliette” at Deadman’s nest. As you can tell by the colour of the light,it’s sunset.
I like shooting here because it’s open to the west & I can get lots of warm light on these guys(Romeo too) Plus theres an added bonus. Because they have become use to marine traffic(the channel/marine highway goes right in front of their nest) they are not as skittish as other eagles. In other words,you can get closer & not disturb them . They’ll let you know when your too close. They just take off. Thats when I back off.

“Romeo” Coming In


Romeo and the Daredevil are probably the best I’ve seen at getting fish.
After grabbing this fish,Romeo went up to his nest. Followed by Juliette. She must of been hungry & wanted a piece right now. They had a loud discussion about it & Romeo backed off.Such a gentleman I thought.
Remember that the female is larger in this species. The female is on average 25% larger !! They almost never fight. She just yelled loudly at him and poor old Romeo hopped out of the nest onto a limb.
I tried to get some shots of the argument,but my boat had drifted and a limb was in the way.