Why do they call them Ruby-throated?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Why do they call them Ruby-throated?
 
This isn’t a trick question. It is kind of obvious, right? I remember when I was first launching my career as a nature photographer I spent a lot of time on the road with one of my heroes and mentors, John Shaw. John is one of the greatest birders as well as being the Godfather of nature photography. John stressed to me the importance of learning what you were photographing and it’s habits and behavior as well. We used to joke about some of the names that only bird geeks can do when shooting birds. I was very fortunate to have some of the greatest nature photographers as my teachers and friends. The lessons I learned from John though were way more than “how and why” we create images but everything that leads up to the point of releasing the shutter as well. Learn not only your craft, but learn your subjects as well, even if it is just a basic understanding. Knowledge of the natural world never hurts. Unless you learn the hard way with bees or bears. Bears can kill you if you are the slowest one around.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

Getting those Adult Feathers

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Getting those Adult feathers.
 
I mentioned the other day that I could see some of the previous brood mixed in with the new ones. If you notice the area just below the wing on the breast of the Eastern Bluebird, you will notice how it is beginning to molt to adult feathers. Last count was still 10 juveniles hanging around the backyard!
 
The “Bear Woods Bluebirds 2017” Calendars have been ordered and will be here hopefully within 10 days! On the cover is none other than Spartacus himself! If you are interested they will be available for $18 which includes shipping. If you order multiple take $3 off for shipping on each one above the first. If you would like, I will sign the calendar before shipping as well. You would just need to send me a message and let me know to hold one for you. I will let you know as well where to send the check. Thanks again!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

“Mom! Billy is staring at me!”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2016 by lilybug1960

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“Mom! Billy is staring at me!”
 
I got a kick out of watching these two the other day just stare at each other. They would look down for a worm, then look at each other like the other one stole it’s worm. I am such a bird geek, but I could literally watch these guys for hours.
 
By the way…Evelyn and I are in the final stages of producing a 2017 Calendar…”The Bear Woods Bluebirds”! I will have more information soon but they should be available by the end of September for shipping. If you are interested let me know so I can get an idea of what the first run number will be when we order. Cost with shipping will be around $15-18. Thanks!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

Now they are just posing

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Now they are just posing…
 
I am beginning to think my juvenile Eastern Bluebirds are posing for photographs. Maybe they are having a contest to see which one is the best looking. Well, I think it is a tie. This one however has got that serious head tilt over the shoulder look down pat! This particular group has been extremely animated in their interactions with each other and me. I hope it continues through the fall and winter, it could make for some really great images!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

The Kids

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2016 by lilybug1960

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The Kids.
 
We are up to about 10 juveniles in the backyard now each day, but I haven’t counted today yet. You can see the age differences by the stage of molting they are in at this point. Some of the older juvies have much more color on the breast. I was able to get a few images to show it and will have to post one in the next few days. This is 2 of the latest brood. They looked at me, then each other, then back at me as if to say…”excuse me, we are out of worms.” Of course I filled them up. Thank goodness Tractor Supply has dried worms on sale for $20 for 30+ ounces, not in the bird section but the chicken feed section. And yes that is a big ole Grandaddy Longleg on the bottom right of the log.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

It’s been a long, hot summer…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by lilybug1960

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It’s been a long, hot summer…
 
Yesterday was an interesting day in the backyard. We not only had the last 6 Eastern Bluebirds to fledge, but at least one or two more juveniles showed up. I am sure they are from the previous brood, but it is great to see 9 or 10 Bluebirds flying around the backyard. We just pulled up all the summer vegetables from the gardens and I tilled the soil, so there were lots of bugs waiting to be eaten. You can see from the looks of Dad here, it has been a long, hot summer. He is starting to molt, as is Mom, so in a few weeks, the Bluebirds will have new vivid feathers to take them into the winter. The juveniles should start molting soon as well. I am hoping we end up with about 15 or so Bluebirds in the yard for winter. I make sure my nestboxes are empty and clean so the birds can huddle together inside on cold nights. I will sometimes put a thin layer of straw down for more insulation. It must be nice to be a Bluebird in my yard!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 6400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui

Emaline

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Emaline.
 
This is my other Grand-kitten, Emaline. Emaline started out much more apprehensive but definitely got friendlier when she discovered there was a meat and cheese platter. She and I played this game of cat and mouse, pun intended, for about 15 minutes before she finally came all the way down the stairs and visited. On a different note, this image was at 1/8th of a second with a 200mm lens! This is such a great example as to how great the Vibration Compensation feature of the Tamron lenses works. Just when I didn’t think I could be more impressed…
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Aperture Priority, f2.8, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 1600, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second, Handheld, Vibration Compensation active, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron
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