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More of the Tennessee Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2017 by lilybug1960

More of the Tennessee Warbler
 
Prior to 2 days ago, I had never seen a Tennessee Warbler in the yard. After I saw the one 2 days ago, I had 3 on the same branch yesterday. I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of them together as they stay very busy chasing each other as well as other birds. The migration is a busy time and I expect lots of birds in the yard over the next 30 days or so. Harvey is moving through our area right now so that may slow them down or re-route them for a couple days though.
 
Don’t forget if you live in the Atlanta area, on Tuesday September 5, I will be presenting “Bird Nirdvana” with lots of great information and images to the Roswell Photographic Society.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation Mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Don’t cut those dead flowers!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Don’t cut down those dead flowers!
 
One of the reasons the birds have visited very frequently this year has been the more natural approach to the garden areas. We compost all our leaves and plants, then use them for fertilizer in the gardens. We let the flowers we have planted dry up and go to seed where they stand. With the sunflowers, I wait until the birds have picked the seeds from the head, then cut the heads and place them on the ground for chipmunks and ground birds. This also attracts insects to the stalks, which is attracting the Warblers. After they all migrate, I will cut the plants and let them compost in the garden, then in spring till the soil and plant flowers again. This tip and others are going to be in my upcoming presentations to the Roswell Photographic Society (Sept 5) and the Alpharetta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (Sept 20). I have definitely decided the title will now be “Bird Nirdvana” – making your life more enjoyable, one bird at a time…yep, I’m a nerd. Come see this and many more images of the Worm-eating Warbler and his allies at the presentation.
 
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, Vibration Compensation mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Waiting for Worms

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

Waiting for worms.
 
I have been so busy posting images of the great Warblers here that I haven’t updated the Eastern Bluebirds in a while. The babies from brood 3 have been coming down to the feeder area for about 3 or 4 days now. I have not seen Mom in about 3 weeks, so I feel that she either was predated or simply passed from natural causes. This was her 4th year that I have observed her at the nestboxes, so it may have been time. Dad along with the newest babies and at least 8 of the previous babies make regular visits to the feeder area. Bluebirds will always be my favorite birds and I am glad I am able to provide an area for them to thrive. In return, I am very lucky to observe and photograph these great bird’s behavior and lives. They have taught me so very much and I will continue to learn from them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Cerulean Warbler Portrait

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

Cerulean Warbler Portrait.
 
Bird Nirdvana continues here in Bear Woods. Yesterday, near the end of my morning session with the birds in the backyard, this Cerulean Warbler landed about 12-15 feet away from me on one of my perches. It only posed for about 20 seconds, but that was long enough for me to get my best Cerulean images to date. I love colors of this bird and capturing an image like this was something I never imagined when we redesigned the studio this year. If you want to learn more about my setup and the design of the studio, I will be doing a couple presentations in a few weeks on my bird photography. One on September 5 with the Roswell Photographic Society and the other on September 20 with the Alpharetta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. I think I will call it “Bird Nirdvana”!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods.
 
The year of the Warbler continues in Bear Woods. Yesterday, a Northern Parula stopped by for a visit. I hope it stays at least a few days. It is a beautiful bird with a great song. I had another 8 Warbler day from the back porch, which is better than some days I have had walking in the woods! I look forward to seeing what this morning holds for Warblers and other visitors!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Orchard Oriole and Crepe Myrtle

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

Orchard Oriole and Crepe Myrtle.
 
The great birds just keep on showing up this year at Bear Woods. I was shooting yesterday when this beautiful female Orchard Oriole showed up and hunted in the Crepe Myrtles for a while. She picked at the flower heads for insects for about 20 minutes or so before flying off to the trees nearby. As much as I don’t like the heat and humidity, I almost want summer to last a longer…almost…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear