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My fascination with Great Grey Owls continues

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2019 by lilybug1960

My fascination with Great Grey Owls continues.
 
As I finished up the processing of my images from Wyoming this past January, I found so many of my personal favorites were of Taiga, the GGO from the Teton Raptor Center. I not only find the eyes captivating, but I find everything about them fascinating. I watched a video the TRC put out about how they measure snow to see how successful the owls will be hunting during the winter. The owls hunt by hearing the voles or other rodents move under the snow and then dive into the snow breaking through to catch their prey. To do the testing, they use a water bottle filled with water to simulate the weight of the bird, and hold it about 3 feet above the snow. These owls can hear a mouse under several feet of snow and I have trouble hearing the TV from across the room sometimes…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops
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Next Year

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

Next Year.
 
I saw several opportunities like this during our time in Wyoming, simple compositions that tell a story. I used a long lens to isolate the grass seed head against the snow to tell the story. This seed head could be a meal for a bird, deer or bison, or it could remain as is and eventually the seed falls to the ground and the snow melts helping it to germinate in spring. All the options end the same, the seed becomes grass for next year, continuing the life cycle not only for it, but for the animals that depend on the nutrients from it. You can look at it as isolation or as an invitation. Seeing the seeds sticking out of the snow can indicate to wildlife there is more below the surface of the snow. Nature always knows what it is doing.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 450, shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Raven

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2019 by lilybug1960

Raven.
 
One day we decided to ride to Colter Bay to see if we could spot any foxes. We didn’t see any but on one stop a Raven landed in a tree above us. I’m guessing it was hoping for us to be on a lunch stop and we would be messy eaters and drop something. He probably found the right group, well part of us anyway, for being messy, but we weren’t having lunch, so he came up empty handed for a quick easy meal. Ravens intelligence is incredible and watching them you can almost see them thinking. It would study as someone went to the back of the vehicle and opened it, almost trying to figure out how it could open it if we walked away. Beautiful birds and one of the smartest out there.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

The eye of the Friesian

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

The eye of the Friesian.
 
At the Triangle X Ranch, our host location for our Winter in the Tetons workshop, there are many beautiful horses that we visit and photograph. There are 3 beautiful and very friendly Friesians there that are always posing for us. They love to check out your gear, they love to nibble on your jacket, they just love the attention. I love looking into the eyes of a horse, there is just something that fascinates me about it. I also love to photograph the eye of the horse, it is like a window to a soul. I prefer to use a very shallow depth of field in order to give some visual separation of the eye from the rest of the horse. One lens that I utilize often for this work is the Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens. I am taking this lens to Iceland to utilize in photographing the Iceland horses if we are fortunate enough to get some nice opportunities.
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron70210, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Frankenmoose

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2019 by lilybug1960

Frankenmoose.
 
I struggled to come up with a catchy title this morning for this image, which is painfully obvious by the one I chose. When I captured the image, I thought it would be nice to show one Moose with his antlers, or paddles as they are called, and one just after losing them. You can still see the “holes” in the head on the one closest to me in the image. They will start growing them again in spring. I read somewhere that antlers were the fastest growing mammal bone. Also antlers differ from horns as horns don’t shed each year, with the exception of Pronghorn Antelope, and only males will have antlers with the exception of Caribou in which both sexes have antlers. While we are at it, Caribou and Reindeer are actually the same species, but Reindeer have been domesticated. Finally, the hair beneath the moose’s chin is called a moosetache…okay that’s not really true.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

The Sentinel

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

The Sentinel.
 
Late one afternoon our group was near Kelly, Wyoming photographing some snow covered pines. As we drove back we spotted 2 Bald Eagles on a power pole, one half way up, one on the top. We stopped to photograph them of course. We noticed that the one half way up was feeding on what we later identified as a Mallard duck. Our first thought was the one on top was waiting to feed, but as we looked closer we noticed that it had a full crop, which is the area at the top of the digestive system that stores food. We are guessing the two were a mated pair and simply shared dinner, the one on the top of the pole was simply waiting for the other to finish its meal, almost standing guard as it ate.
 
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Trayne and Otus

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

Trayne and Otus.

When we had our educational program with the Teton Raptor Center they introduced us to their 2 Eastern Screech Owls, Trayne and Otus. Trayne is fairly new to the program and is filling in some big shoes for Rayne, who had been with the TRC for years but Rayne’s health declined and had to be euthanized. Becky, the Educational Director, told us the story of the owls and asked if we could get an image of the two of them together looking at the camera. Apparently the owls had other ideas when I tried anyway. Such a cute pair of owls, they huddled close together and fell asleep. We look forward to seeing all the birds and folks at the TRC in May during our spring Tetons Workshop.

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