Archive for Bear Woods

Golden-winged Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

Golden-winged Warbler.
 
Another one of those jewels or gems that I have been hoping to capture a really nice image of is the Golden-winged Warbler. I was able to get a few images I am very pleased with yesterday. They don’t stay long and they usually aren’t in the area, so seeing one of them is always special. What a beauty!
 
I am headed to Maine tomorrow for the Out of Acadia Photography Conference so I will inundating you with images of Maine and the coast so be prepared! One more morning of monitoring the migration tomorrow then off to Lobsterland!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Grey Catbird

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

Do I hear a kitten?
The Grey Catbird is a really interesting bird. My first encounter, years ago, with the Catbird, I was thinking I heard a cat or kitten “meowing” in the woods behind our house near Atlanta. It concerned me that a cat was probably hunting near the bird houses in the yard. I went out to look and became more concerned as I saw birds flying in the holly bushes and small trees at the end of the yard. The birds flew off when I approached and the cat meowing stopped as well. This went on several times before I finally discovered the bird was a Catbird and it was responsible for the calls. It amazed me a bird imitated its predator.
Also at first glance the Grey Catbird is very dull in color. It has a nice rusty patch under its tail. It is almost the polar opposite of the bright Oriole and Tanager I posted recently but every bit as interesting to watch and observe.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Fall Baltimore Oriole

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

Fall Baltimore Oriole.
 
One bird that definitely rivals the Scarlet Tanager for incredible fall plumage would be the male Baltimore Oriole. I have had several in the backyard this week and to see the bright birds fly down is quite impressive. I have been seeing lots of Tanagers this week as well and yesterday more Warblers are moving through. I want to get a good image of one before I add it to my list, but it would make 24 for the year. Bird Nirdvana is continuing into fall here in Bear Woods!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

White-eyed Vireo

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

White-eyed Vireo.
 
With the visit of the White-eyed Vireo, my count of different Vireo this summer/fall sits at 5! It is interesting watching the Vireos fly around the forest canopy and then down to the yard. They are “hanging” together in small groups mixed together. The most vocal tends to be the Blue-headed Vireo. I know the migration is starting to wind down in our area as I have seen few Warblers in the past few days, but lots of Orioles, Tanagers and Vireos. There have been several Thrushes and Catbirds, but they don’t come into the yard but tend to stay at the forest’s edge.
 
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, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

The 3 Chairs, a Moon, and a Space Station

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

The 3 Chairs, a Moon, and a Space Station
 
So, I get emails from NASA when the International Space Station is going to be visible at my house. Last night at 8:42pm the ISS was going to enter the evening sky and could be viewed for 4 minutes traveling at 70 degrees and starting from the SW and exiting the ENE. That is basically just in front of the Bear Woods Bungalow! I set up and tested exposures and was ready. I knew the ISS would not be visible on the horizon due to light pollution so I simply opened the shutter in “Bulb” at 8:42pm. In about 30 seconds or so, I could see it enter my frame. I wanted to include “The 3 Chairs” so I knew it would be to the side a little. I wanted some light to hit the chairs so I left the back porch light on to light them. All in all, I was pleased with the results of a “one chance” shot at it.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 221 seconds, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Fall Tomatoes

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Fall Tomatoes.
 
As I woke up yesterday morning and watched as the sun painted the clouds over Bear Woods, I couldn’t help but notice the tomatoes in the garden. They have been there a while, but I hadn’t noticed them until a friend commented on a previous post. Evelyn grows tomatoes each year as well as squash, cucumbers and a variety of herbs. Just down the hill to the right of the tomatoes are the 3 bee hives we keep. We don’t live off the land up here, but we have always thought it important to have fresh vegetables and growing just a few of them yourself is fun and time well spent. Oh, and the sunrise was beautiful too. We do love our home and the time we spend in Bear Woods, our little slice of Heaven on Earth.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter and filter holder, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Philadelphia Vireo

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Philadelphia Vireo.
 
The Warblers have been getting much of the attention in the yard since I usually don’t have 10 different varieties, much less the 23 so far this year, but I have had a great year with Vireo as well. Yesterday I had a Philadelphia Vireo come by and visit a couple of times. That brings the Vireo total to 4, the Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, the Yellow-throated Vireo and now the Philadelphia Vireo. Each day brings builds more of Bird Nirdvana here in Bear Woods! The next 2 or 3 weeks are going to have lots of action with the approaching cooler weather too!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana