Archive for Bird Photography

Bullock’s Oriole

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

One of the birds on my “wish list” here in Wyoming this week is the Bullock’s Oriole. I have been watching one in the area and learned where his morning perch is located. This morning we had blue skies and sunshine, so check that one off my list. There are lots of beautiful birds here on the Lazy L&B Ranch in Dubois. The ranch is run by a super nice family with a great staff. It is going to be a great week!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #LazyL&B

The Curious Blue-headed Vireo

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Curious Blue-headed Vireo.
 
Before I packed away the rest of my gear for my trip to Wyoming, I went down to visit the Blue-headed Vireo on last time knowing the young would fledge while I was gone. I met a couple of friends at the nest and it was a good morning to visit and photograph. I love how curious Vireo are when they see someone. They of course want to make sure you are not going to eat them or the kids, but I think they just like checking things out.
 
My trip this time to Wyoming will be a very different one for me. I’m not going out with a workshop group, I am just going out to shoot and relax. It is great to be able to relax in the same way you go to work, I am truly blessed. I have some “goal” birds to find on the ranch where we will be staying among them, the Lewis’ Woodpecker, Lazuli Bunting and of course the Mountain Bluebird. I am not sure I will have any internet out there, so it may be a week before I can post, but I will give it a shot.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000 (1250 on the nest photo), shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Latest from the Woods

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Latest from the Woods.
 
Its been busy here in Bear Woods. This week we have had several large bears wandering through and around the yard. It is mating season and that is usually when we see the big bears. We saw him the other day following a beautiful cinnamon color backed bear. The second brood of Eastern Bluebirds has hatched and the parents are feeding vigorously. The gang of 5 from the first brood are still hanging around and I hope to see if they help pitch in and feed the new brood. It is fun to watch them hunt and perch around the yard, even on top of the nest box. A little drama yesterday when an adult male landed near the nestbox. Dad ran him off quickly. I still see some of the summer resident Warblers each day which is nice. My focus today turns to our trip to Wyoming and a little time out there chasing wildlife, sunrises and sunsets.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Blue-headed Vireo

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by lilybug1960

Blue-headed Vireo.
 
I saw my first Blue-headed Vireo about 15 years ago or so when I was walking near our cabin. I was fascinated with how curious the bird was with me as I walked through the woods. They have been one of my summer resident favorites ever since. This year has been a great year for me observing nesting behavior with birds and I spotted a Blue-headed Vireo nest yesterday. I set up the camera and lens about 50 feet away to photograph some of the behavior. The birds seemed very comfortable with my presence and even hunted for bugs near me. The Blue-headed Vireo used to be called a Solitary Vireo when it was lumped in with the Plumbeous and Cassin’s Vireos, but has been separated in to a separate species now.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed 1/250th of a second (1/125th for the portrait), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Tufted Titmouse

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

Tufted Titmouse.
 
This year I have seen lots of young birds around the feeders and in the yard. The second brood of Eastern Bluebirds hatched yesterday. I have seen young Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and Tufted Titmouse. The Tufted Titmouse have started showing up in big numbers around the feeder in the past few days. They are normally so fast it makes them hard to photograph, but every once in a while they pose for you. Beautiful little birds and very entertaining to watch!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Got Bugs?”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Got Bugs?”
 
I spent some time at the American Redstart nest yesterday morning after the rain stopped. Lighting under a canopy of trees on a cloudy day can be a challenge, but it can also offer nice lower contrast light. In order to maintain a decent shutter speed over 1/250th of a second for stopping action and to get a little more depth of field with f8, most of the time my ISO was over 2500. Thank goodness the Nikon D-500 handles low light so well. I set up my tripod and gimbal with a nice view of the nest and would just wait for the adults to come into feed the babies. Mom comes in, feeds and leaves quickly most of the time. Dad will feed and hang out for a few additional seconds usually. I waited to capture this image where a baby was looking up at Dad as he perched over the nest. To me he is hoping Dad has an extra moth that he forgot about. I haven’t spent much time studying American Redstarts before, but am fascinated by them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

American Redstart Nest

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2017 by lilybug1960

American Redstart Nest.
 
While I was out birding the other day, I spotted an American Redstart in some undergrowth on the side of the road. I sat and waited for it to appear in an area that I could photograph it. To my surprise it popped up with an insect and flew to a nest nearby, of which I had not seen before it did. I sat for a while watching and photographing as the pair of adults fed the nestlings. The size of the was so incredibly small and well concealed I would never have taken notice of it. It is very cool to see American Redstarts, it is awesome to see them feeding their young.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8 ISO 2500 (for male) and 2000 (for female), shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear