Early Rise...

3:10 am Sunday morning my feet hit the floor as I woke to the sound of my alarm..scrabbled to shut it off before it woke up the rest of the family. The plan for the day was to photography the huge Iceberg behind Fort Amherst at sunrise. I quickly gathered my gear and off I went to pick up my photography buddy Brendan Kelly along the way. He crawled in the CR-V looking as tired as I was. By 4:30 we had reached our destination and began our walk up to the lighthouse. The sleep in our eyes was quickly removed when we reach the peak of the hill to see this massive iceberg. 

After an "interesting decent" down the cliff side we found a perfect location to setup and capture some images. 

This was shot using my 70-200mm 2.8 at 92mm. I shot two horizontal shots and put them together to create this large pano style shot. 

This was shot using my 70-200mm 2.8 at 92mm. I shot two horizontal shots and put them together to create this large pano style shot. 

This was shot with my Tamron 11-16mm at 16mm

This was shot with my Tamron 11-16mm at 16mm

In the background is the most Easterly point in North America..Cape Spear, NL. The largest iceberg in these images is only considered a medium size by iceberg standards so I can only image seeing a large or xlarge. 

The sun was rising quickly and before we packed up our gear and moved on I snapped some self portraits of both Brendan and I. Here is a selfie

This shot was achieved by doing two exposures. One for the sky and one for the foreground. I put both together in Photoshop manually. 

This shot was achieved by doing two exposures. One for the sky and one for the foreground. I put both together in Photoshop manually. 

After our successful morning with the icebergs we headed to a few back roads where many species of birds had been sighted. We heard many but didn't have much success in photographing them. I did some way with a few common species though

We left the back roads and headed to our last destination for the morning. Along the way Brendan and I were talking about Eastern Kingbirds which are very uncommon to the island. Brendan and I havent had much luck in finding rare birds but as we headed around the back side of Forest Pond I looked up at one of the wires from the power line and said "Brendan that looks almost like an Eastern Kingbird right there"..quickly locked focus with my camera and sure enough it was...what were the chances?

We spent sometime watching him catch flies out over the pond and chase off tree swallows that were stealing its food. He rarely came down low enough to get any good shots and when he did he would perch on one of the supporting wires for the power line(not usually the nicest shots). I did come way with one frame that I liked

It was time to move on and let this guy enjoy his breakfast. The rest of the morning was uneventfully so we clued up our day and headed home for some much needed food...