Archive for Bear Woods Photography

The Liftoff

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

The Liftoff.
 
I wanted to share the final images of our adventure last week before I share some of the images from yesterday’s adventure. Our experience yesterday was pretty incredible and we also captured some awesome images of the female Eagle fishing. These were the final images from the scene the other day as the male Big Canoe Eagle lifted off of the branch to fish in the cove as we sat in the boat. It literally flew within probably 25 feet of us. My friend, Mark, shared with me that he watched as the Eagles fished between paddle boarders and kayakers on Sunday. He said he did a few images of people capturing great stuff with their phones! These Eagles are incredible to watch and photograph.
 
All 3 images have the same technical data. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, 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, #BirdNirdvana
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Simply Regal

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

Simply Regal.
 
When the male Big Canoe Bald Eagle turned towards us and sat posing for a moment before taking off to fish, the word regal came to mind. Seeing the Eagle sitting there was just magnificent to see. I have told the story before, but the first time I saw a Bald Eagle was on the Snake River in Wyoming in 1976. I became infatuated with them at that time thinking how lucky I was to see such a magnificent bird that had been driven to endangered status through the use of pesticides. Seeing this Eagle so close to home was and is simply an incredible feeling truly beyond description for me. Having it fly over me within 20 feet was simply a Wow moment.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld from boat utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

Drying his wings

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

Drying his wings.
 
After photographing the male Big Canoe Eagle make 2 unsuccessful attempts at catching a trout, he sat on a wood snag that hangs over the cove he was fishing. He sat very still letting his feathers dry out to make it easier to fish and fly. He sat and posed for several images before he turned towards us, and surveyed the cove for fish. That image tomorrow…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, 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, #BirdNirdvana

Gone Fishing

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Gone Fishing.
 
At one point the male Big Canoe Eagle decided it was time to do a little fishing. We watched as he flew very low, then swooped down and made a nice splash as he attempted to grab a trout with no luck. He flew off to a tree, waited a minute made another unsuccessful attempt, then went to a tree to dry off a little…which will be tomorrow’s image…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800 (flight) 1600 (liftoff), and shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation since we were in a moving boat, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdsInFlight, #BirdNirdvana

Irritated at Crows

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Irritated at Crows.
 
One of the best photo ops we had while photographing the Big Canoe Eagles was while the male was being mobbed and harassed by a group of 2 or 3 crows. They were relentlessly diving down and flying closely by him while he simply sat on a point hoping to fish. When we were able to get the tree behind him, the scene was really perfect but the light sky wasn’t. Either way, being close to an Eagle, he even posed a little, was incredible. When he did take flight one crow followed him until he joined his mate in the big tree, which was the image yesterday.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800 (in tree) and 1600 (in flight), shutter speed 1/500th and 1/1000th respectively, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

The Big Canoe Eagles

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Big Canoe Eagles.
 
Yesterday a great friend and photographer, Mark Green, took me out to Eagle Island in Big Canoe to hopefully see and photograph the Eagles and see their nest as well. Eagle Island was actually named that before the Eagles started nesting there earlier this year. These Eagles are in a gated community and only accessible by boat, so thank you Mark! They started nesting well after most other Eagles in the area. There was a question as to if they were even actually nesting or just building a nest. There are 2 Eaglets, and they are probably days or a week away from fledging from the nest. I have been out twice before with Mark, but we didn’t have success on either of those times, but the Eagles weren’t nesting then.
 
Our day started with the female in a tree by herself and she flew around the island a few times before settling in a tree on a point overlooking the lake. A little while later the male flew in and sat in a tree a little farther back on the lake. He was being mobbed by a couple crows and we did a few images before he flew off and sat in the same tree as the female. What was really nice about that was the light started getting really good on that tree as well. We watched for the next hour or so as the male attempted fishing a couple times in a cove. I will post more images over the next few days of our outing. This was one of the images I captured of the pair in the tree on the point. I’m not an expert on “aging” Eagles, but from what I believe these are probably at least 5 to 6 years old, I didn’t see the remnants of any terminal bands on the tails, and probably came here after a nest somewhere else fell or was uninhabitable. I do believe they will be back for the next nesting season as well since the area is rich with fish in not only this lake but about 5 or 6 lakes within a couple miles.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens (rocking boat), processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

A Nemesis

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Nemesis.
 
There are always going to be birds or animals that give me a hard time in capturing their portrait or photograph. One of which has been the Magpie. They just seem to always fly off or find a way to escape. This is probably the closest I have come to capturing an image of my nemesis. This was a month ago out on Mormon Row after I returned from photographing one of the barns. I was driving off and it landed on a fence post. I snapped a few images and as soon as I touched the door handle, it flew off.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 360, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana