Not all memory cards are created equal...

I took a walk up to the main water retention pond behind the animal shelter underneath a sunny blue sky; 55° F. Strong wind gusts are blowing the Redheads around the water's surface. Half of the ducks have their bills tucked in their feathers, all the others are diving away making quite the splashing and sputtering ruckus in the weedy shallows on the northern end of the pond.

Redhead
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 66668132 - Redhead ducks; Walton County, Georgia. January 23, 2018.

The Great Blue Heron, a skittish but regular visitor, is spear fishing on the opposite bank. I was able to sneak up closer behind the large pieces of Public Works equipment. I saw him take a few catches while sitting patiently and watching. Getting in a better position, I began to fire away. But something was wrong: four shots, buffer full; Two shots, buffering again; three shots waiting for the buffer once more. So slow!!!!

Great Blue Heron
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 66668134 - Great Blue Heron; Walton County, Georgia. January 23, 2018.

Having filled an SD card yesterday, and not downloading the photos onto my computer, I grabbed a different SD card and popped it in the camera before heading up to the pond. What a difference a brand can make! Although this card showed it was rated class 10, it certainly didn’t have the save time like one. Such annoyingly slow shooting. Lesson learned: not all SD cards are created equal. Know your equipment before you go. I’m glad the lesson was learned on a casual back-door outing and not on a rare find.

​Walton County, Georgia; January 23, 2018

  • Forecast: sunny, High near 58°
  • Sunrise 7:35 AM; sunset 5:55 PM
  • Day length 10 hours, 19 minutes
  • Moon: waxing crescent, 34% illumination
Posted by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto, January 23, 2022 01:59 PM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Redhead (Aythya americana)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 23, 2018 04:18 PM EST

Description

January, 2018; Walton County, Georgia ©williamwisephoto.com. Strong wind gusts are blowing the redheads around the water surface. Half of the ducks have their bills tucked in their feathers, all the others are diving away making quite the splashing and sputtering ruckus in the weedy shallows on the northern end of the pond.

~ William Wise Photo Nature Notes is a wildlife, birding and nature photography blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104 The Message

Photos / Sounds

What

Redhead (Aythya americana)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 23, 2018 04:21 PM EST

Description

January, 2018; Walton County, Georgia ©williamwisephoto.com

~ William Wise Photo Nature Notes is a wildlife, birding and nature photography blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104 The Message

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 23, 2018 02:14 PM EST

Description

January, 2018; Walton County, Georgia ©williamwisephoto.com. The Great Blue Heron, a skittish but regular visitor, is spear fishing on the opposite bank. I was able to sneak up closer behind the large pieces of Public Works equipment. I saw him take a few catches while sitting patiently and watching.

~ William Wise Photo Nature Notes is a wildlife, birding and nature photography blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104 The Message

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