Ready to move in!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

Ready to move in!
 
This pair of Eastern Bluebirds have claimed the Nestbox in the backyard and are starting to move in some furniture (grass and stems). All the other Bluebirds have moved on to their hopeful breeding territories and these two are my residents now. Spring is truly in the air.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana
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Sad news from the Berry Nest

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Sad News from the Berry Nest.
 
I don’t have a photo of the inside of the nest obviously, so I picked a photo of Ma Berry. Last night one of the eaglets from the Berry College nest got too close the edge of the nest and fell. After gaining permission, people from Berry went to the nest and found the eaglet on the ground, it did not survive the fall. It is very sad news whenever we lose one of the beautiful birds.
 
Eagles have about a 50% mortality rate during the first year for many reasons. There are many reasons they don’t survive, but this is the first time something has happened while the birds were in the nest. Sadly this is nature, raw nature that we are able to see day to day and minute to minute. I enjoy watching the nest to see how Eagles interact with each other. I am amazed at how gentle the adults can be with their young. There are a lot of folks who look beyond appreciating nature and become so involved in watching the nest(s) (there are many that stream video) that they are probably a little too involved in the cameras. A friend had notified me last night a little while after it happened and as I went to watch, I was amazed and appalled at how harsh and rude people were with each other over the incident. Honestly, there was nothing anyone could do to prevent or change the outcome, again it is nature. It is understandable to be sad, but folks should realize that along with the great things we are allowed to see, we will see some bad as well. People need to understand there is not a script, there isn’t always a happy outcome when viewing nature. I would caution people when they allow themselves to get so caught up with viewing.
 
That said, it will be interesting to see if beyond noticing last night the eaglet was gone if the adults search some this morning or today. We too often attach human emotions and reactions to the birds we watch. The Eagles don’t have the emotions we do and I think after watching for a little while last night, the adults continue realizing the loss and simply will care for the remaining eaglet. I’m not saying they don’t mourn, I don’t know, but I think they also realize this is nature better than humans do. So today I am saddened at the loss of a beautiful bird, but happy there is still an eaglet in the nest and hoping it makes it to its second year and beyond. My thoughts go out to those at Berry College who are dedicated to studying the nest.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Yellow-rumped Warbler.
 
Last year was an incredible year for me with all the Warblers in my yard (27 varieties), and I am hoping to beat that number this year. I would love to increase the number, not only in the yard, but in my image library this year. The year has started out nicely for me so far. While I was in Florida in January I was able to capture some nice images of Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. This Yellow-rumped Warbler, often referred to as “Butter-butt” because of the bright yellow area on the rump area of the bird, was enjoying a nice little meal of a damselfly at the Orlando Wetlands City Park. They are a common bird in many areas during the winter, but we don’t see them here in Bear Woods. It was nice to get a chance to photograph them in such a nice setting. Hopefully Bird Nirdvana 2018 will be a good one!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204x tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Watering Can Wren

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Watering Can Wren.
 
I posted an image the other day of the Carolina Wren that liked to build the nest inside the tin watering can. I also mentioned since the can sprung (southern for started leaking) a leak, I drilled a hole in the bottom and hung it on the wall. Within a short time the Wren started checking it out and bringing in nesting material. It has been a few days now and the nest is the typical shaped nest with a little tunnel that goes down into the bottom. They are bring in the carpet (moss) at this point and I think the move in will be complete soon and they will start laying eggs soon. On another note, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds have claimed the nestbox in the backyard and are hanging out on top, going inside, and even running other birds off from the area. With temperatures in the 70s already, the birds feel Spring has arrived.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera via the Canon adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Disclosing a Location continuation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

Disclosing a Location continuation.
 
I was impressed with some of the discussion yesterday when I brought up the reasons some photographers will give for not disclosing a location vs. not posting it or going there at all. Honestly though, no one could present a decent reason for just not posting it in the first place. I get it, you go to a great location, you get a great image, you are proud of your image, you want to share it, but you feel by simply removing the location information you are saving that location from exploitation. The problem is this, in this day of the selfie, there are those in this world that feel one way to improve a beautiful scene is to put their face in front of it. Then others feel the challenge and have to do it as well. As an experiment I simply looked at a few images that the locations were withheld and did a few things. First I simply Googled a key word (like slot canyon) near a location like “Northern Arizona” and more than 75 percent of the time just a description got me the information I needed. Then using Google images I tried to closely match the image. There were no locations that I couldn’t find. Time to go do a selfie! Guess what though? When I had no image to work off of, I had no way to find something I didn’t know was there! Hmmm… My point is this, posting a great image is an ego boost and you want to share your skills, but don’t try and fool yourself into thinking that you can feel better about being a good steward by simply adding the phrase “I’m not going to disclose the location” because it doesn’t work. Be a good steward, don’t post the image.
 
This is a “Secret Canyon”, no really it is. The name of the Canyon is Secret Canyon and is only accessible by a guide service who has an agreement with the Navajo tribe who owns it.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 5 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30x ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Disclosing the Location of an Image

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Disclosing the Location of an Image.

There have been some articles and posts recently about disclosing the location of an image. By not disclosing the location you are protecting a sensitive area from irresponsible people or too many people. My thoughts are this: If you are morally troubled by posting the location, don’t go to that location, don’t post an image and by all means don’t lead a workshop group to that location. Your moral dilemma should have kicked in before you went, not after you posted the image. You are simply dangling a carrot out there for others to find the location. I know with a few folks it is more of them being worried someone else is going to get a better image than they got, or they advertise it as a “secret” location of which they are willing to take a group to if you simply sign up for their workshop. It is simple, if your visit or other’s visiting will damage the area, stay away and don’t post an image so the “Likes” and heart shaped emojis boost your ego. Making the statement that you won’t disclose a location doesn’t stop people from finding it, it simply may ease your conscience about being part of the problem. If you want to confront people that are contributing to the destruction, look first in the mirror to make sure you aren’t one of them. Let your morals kick in before you visit, not after you leave. I will not post an image, much less visit an area my presence will damage that location.

The image attached is of an area in northern Arizona that I can’t disclose, not because I am being hypocritical, but instead because I was following a friend down some dirt roads and couldn’t find it again if I had to without assistance. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Be a environmentally aware photographer with your actions, not your words.

Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30x ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Adaptation

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

Adaptation.
 
It has been cloudy, foggy and rainy here for the majority of the past 2 weeks and I haven’t been able to go somewhere and do some landscape images, but I have been able to do some modifications to the yard and studios. I have pair of Carolina Wrens that build a nest each year where ever opportunity presents itself. A tin watering can on the back porch was a favorite 2 years ago. Well over the winter, that tin can developed a small hole and no longer holds water, so I drilled a hole in the bottom and mounted it to the siding on the porch. I joked say I bet within 2 days a Wren would check it out. I was wrong. The Wrens were checking it out within a couple hours and now a week later are putting the finishing touches on a nest inside the can! I spent a little time working on some video of it yesterday and will do some stills to put together a nice story as it continues. Wrens are great! About 10 years ago I left a pair of boots on the porch to dry out. They were laying on their side, and 2 days later a nest was inside. I didn’t disturb it, I simply cleaned it out when the young fledged. Now I need to go find some other objects like the can to encourage more nesting sites!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana