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“I’m not fat, I’m pretending to be a penguin”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2020 by lilybug1960

“I’m not fat, I’m pretending to be a penguin”
 
In my follow up to “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy Part 4”, I couldn’t help but laugh at the odd pose I captured with the little Eastern Bluebird. I immediately thought he looked like he was imitating a penguin. I also thought that a great caption would have been “I’m king of the world” from the movie Titanic. Now you guys have a better understanding of why I spent so much time in the Principal’s Office in school for daydreaming!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

I’m not fat, I’m fluffy Part 4

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by lilybug1960

I’m not fat, I’m fluffy Part 4.
 
I can’t help but giggle when I see birds fluff up then shake. I like to capture that very moment before they shake that they are at their fluffiest. This juvenile Eastern Bluebird is only half the size it appears in the image, but it sure can fluff! You would think that Mom and Dad have been working a little too hard to feed this one.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

New Life

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2020 by lilybug1960

New Life.
 
I can always tell when the eggs hatch in the nestbox. The adults start returning with small insects, especially spiders. It is a couple of days before they will feed the small babies mealworms. For me it is win-win, I have new birds, and less spiders!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Teamwork

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2020 by lilybug1960

Teamwork.
 
There are two of the Eastern Bluebird juveniles that hang out together all the time. It may not be the same two all the time, but it just seems like these two follow each other everywhere. There is a total of 4, but two just seem to appear together in the trees, on the ground, and flying around. Maybe they have found it is safer in numbers as they learn their way around the big wild world in which they live. Either way, getting images of a pair is always good, and watching their reactions to each other is fun.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

One of the Hooligans

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One of the Hooligans.
 
Like any child or teenager, juvenile birds are curious and often get into trouble, unintentionally sometimes, but they are entertaining as they explore. This time this juvenile Carolina Wren didn’t get into any trouble, but was definitely looking for it. This one and one of its siblings played chase around a flower pot, then tormented a Chipmunk before climbing to the top of the post. You can see from the dirt on the beak, it has been digging in the pots. The juveniles pretty much hang out together until one of the adults call them to a particular area. They fly quickly to where they are called. Every day exploring and learning. Wrens are great to watch to learn bird behavior.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z6 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 360, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Northern Cardinal

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2020 by lilybug1960

Northern Cardinal.
 
There are times when you don’t have any cool stories to tell about a visitor to the yard, but instead, you just smile knowing a beautiful bird landed, and stayed still long enough for you to fire off 4 images before it left. Such a beautiful bird!
 
Don’t forget tonight is our webinar on Waterfalls conducted by Cecil Holmes and myself. 7pm, don’t miss it.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2020 by lilybug1960

Red-bellied Woodpecker.
 
I have several Red-bellied Woodpeckers that visit the feeders and studio. They mainly come in to grab suet nuggets, loading 4 or 5 into their beaks, and then flying off to feed young in all likelihood. In the past they have nested in a tree just off my neighbors back deck. I’m not sure if they are there this year or nearby. When Cecil was in town last week this female decided to break from the normal routine of landing on one of the post, then flying to the feeder. She decided to pose in one of the crepe myrtles for a few seconds. I like how she was nice enough to even show a little of the red belly that gives them their name.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

Concentration

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2020 by lilybug1960

Concentration.
 
This year has offered some of the best opportunities to capture images of Eastern Bluebirds that I have ever had. It may be because I am home more often, but I think it is how quickly the juveniles took to feeding in the backyard. It normally is 3 weeks before I see them, but this year they were back in less than 2 weeks. I am trying more to capture stories of the birds and am loving using the Nikon Z7 for my Bird Studio shooting. Here is the link if you missed the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLfsSkCWIFE
 
Hopefully you aren’t going to get tired of bird, especially the Bluebird, images. I literally have hundreds to post! Evelyn has suggested a coffee table book of the birds, what do you think? I know this year there will be another “The Bear Woods Bluebirds” calendar coming.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens at 600mm on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

The other Grosbeak…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by lilybug1960

The “other” Grosbeak…
 
We had dozens of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks visit us this year, but we also had another Grosbeak visit as well for 3 days, a female Blue Grosbeak. I kept hoping a male would follow it into the yard one day, but none ever did. I didn’t even hear the calls of any either. She stayed a little while after the last Rose-breasted left, then she ventured on as well.
 
I have mentioned doing a video about using my Nikon Z7 in the Bird Studio, and well…here it is:
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z7 via the FTZ adapter, lens at 600mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

The last of the Grosbeaks

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2020 by lilybug1960

The last of the Grosbeaks.
 
They arrived suddenly and departed the same way. Two days ago my teaching partner and friend Cecil Holmes was coming over to do our weekly webinar and shoot in the bird studio. He said I just hope some Rose-breasted Grosbeaks show up. They were here in decent numbers Thursday afternoon, but on Friday morning, this was the lone and last of them still in the area. Luckily Cecil captured some images of the male before he headed north. I look forward to their brief visit this Fall, and know Spring will have arrived when they come next April. Safe travels.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z7, set on DX mode, via the FTZ adapter, lens at 600mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui AM 284 US tripod and PH20 gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #tamron150600g2, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography