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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m).
 
I love snow, but hate ice storms, and yesterday we woke up to ice on everything. We lost power sometime in the middle of the night, but we have a generator so we were fine. Along with a constant fire in the wood stove, it was very cozy. I made sure I put out lots of seed for the birds since getting to any on plants would have been impossible. One bird that came to visit was a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The male is especially striking and posed nicely for me a couple of times. I really liked how the yellow from the bird reflected off of the ice on the post that it was perched.
 
It made me start to think about my youth a little. I could never run for any office because of my youth, and thank goodness that the internet was not around. I know that surely once or twice while daring one of my hooligan friends to do something crazy, like jump into a pond where we were sure there were snakes or giant snapping turtles, that I probably commented upon their hesitation, “what are you, a yellow-bellied sapsucker?” Where did this saying come from? And why? Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are very cool birds and weren’t afraid of anything in the yard. They were actually very brave. Having lots of extra time on my hands yesterday, I researched it and could only find the reference but no reason for the saying. So from this day forward when we see something that bravery is required, we should say “you can do it, you are a yellow-bellied sapsucker!”
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana
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Check out the new sushi place

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

Check out the new sushi place…
 
This Cormorant, and this fish, entertained our workshop group for about 5 minutes, possibly more while we were at Scipio Creek. The Cormorant appeared to be lining it up to swallow, but Pelicans kept going toward it and the Cormorant would abandon the fish. It is a catfish and you can see, and if you look closely, someone has been taking a bite previously. I can’t say for sure, but it looks like the same catfish a bird had earlier. Possibly the fish was too stiff for any of the birds to swallow or it was like the Christmas gift that gets passed around for a while, but we never did see the bird actually swallow the fish.
 
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Brown Pelican Reflection

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Brown Pelican Reflection.
 
When the water is calm, the light is perfect, and the Pelican poses, you take the image. This Pelican swam back and forth posing for our group before finally joining 3 other Pelicans and posing for a group photo. I love the double “catch light” in the eye, which is a result of the Sun and its reflection on the water. Catch lights give detail to the eyes of your subject and can show the sharpness in an image.
 
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Those Eyes…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

Those Eyes…
 
I didn’t expect that our group would be photographing Common Loons while we were Apalachicola, but it was a great treat. For several of them it was a life bird, in other words, the first time they had seen this bird. For even more it was a great chance to photograph this beautiful bird. The eyes are mesmerizing and with just the right amount of sunlight it is even more incredible.
 
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My Winter Residents

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2018 by lilybug1960

My Winter Residents.
 
Actually they are year round residents, but it seems they have multiplied by 2 or 3 times. I need to get out and do some eBird counts of the backyard, but it is a busy place for sure. This morning it is 22 degrees here in Bear Woods and I had a welcoming party waiting for me when I put the bird feeders out this morning. I am getting White-breasted Nuthatch, like this one, in big numbers, probably over 20, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, an Eastern Phoebe, a Winter Wren, and huge numbers of Dark-eyed Junco, easily over 25, each day. Time to make another seed run.
 
The White-breasted Nuthatch are one of the most entertaining birds I get here, as they are very vocal, super active and not shy. This particular one landed on the table beside me a couple of times before settling on this post. It will be even colder tomorrow morning and I am sure the welcoming committee will be waiting again.
 
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Brown Pelican in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2018 by lilybug1960

Brown Pelican in Flight.
 
During our Apalachicola Workshop we had a couple of great opportunities to photograph birds in flight. I gave a quick lesson on settings and technique and shortly after the birds cooperated very well. I explained to the group to stop the movement you wanted a minimum of 1/1000th of a second for most birds. To get started, I said big slower birds with less movement are perfect to get the movements needed for sharp images. Enter the Brown Pelican and perfect lighting. We spent about an hour just waiting for the wide bodied jumbo jets to fly by at eye level offering plenty of images to be captured.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 2 (panning mode), processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography, #NatureInFocusPhotographyWorkshops

Common Loon and Catch

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

Common Loon and catch.
 
Our first morning of our workshop was very productive, clear and bright skies, cold but beautiful. After a nice breakfast and a cup of coffee, we were back out there for some birding. A couple of Common Loons entertained us and one, just before we finished for the morning, gave us a great opportunity by coming up with a nice catch in perfect light. For a few in the group it was not only a life bird, but the opportunity of a lifetime!
 
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