Thursday, April 24, 2014

Early Birds At Potter Marsh

A beautiful spring day.  It called to get out.  I wanted to go hear Jason LaRose of NPR talk about Ethics in the afternoon in the radio day of the Alaska Press Club conference at 4.  So a quick trip to Potter Marsh seemed a good way to get in a little sunshine.

The marsh is pretty much snow free, though there were some patches below the walkway.   There weren't a lot of birds, but there were some.  And a moose off in the distance eating.

The moose is close to the bottom a little left of center.  I decided the mountains were more interesting than trying to highlight a moose.

This pair of bald eagles were flying east of the north end of the boardwalk. 

As you can see, I'm still struggling with the Canon Rebel.  This northern pintail was far away, but I should have been able to master the little red lights in the auto focus to get the bird and not the background (cropped off) into focus.

A similar problem with this distant bird which, at least in this photo, seems like it can only be a sandhill crane.  The other shots were even less definitive. 

I got home in time to get on the bike to the Press Club conference at Alaska Public Media.  LaRose's topic was ethics and he focused on

  • Anonymity issues
  • Balance
  • Reporters' involvement in the community

I'm afraid that's all I can do tonight.  There's a full day of press club stuff for tomorrow and Saturday. 

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