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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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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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Eastern Phoebe and Fall Colors

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Eastern Phoebe and Fall Colors.
 
My perch with the fall colors behind it was a popular place the other day! An Eastern Phoebe landed and didn’t want to be outdone by the Eastern Bluebirds. This is the Eastern Phoebe that follows me around the yard as I do any raking or shoveling hoping to grab any grubs or other insects that become exposed in the process. It will chatter at me as I go out to put mealworms in the feeder. I think it has me trained very well.
 
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Eastern Bluebird in Fall Colors

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2018 by lilybug1960

Eastern Bluebird in Fall Colors.
 
The trees are really starting to get some nice color to them up here in Bear Woods, and in early morning when the sun strikes the mountain across the way from us, it creates a beautiful backdrop for my bird studio. This is a post that several of the birds use naturally and it seemed they were extra cooperative yesterday being very still so I could reduce the shutter speed and in turn lower the ISO as well. I definitely added a few images from this session to the calendar folder for 2020!
 
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House Finch vs Purple Finch

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

House Finch vs Purple Finch.
 
This year will be a confusing winter for a lot of us when looking at our feeders. Ornithologists have predicted that a lot of “northern” birds may visit our feeders this year because a lack of food sources up north. If yesterday was any indicator, it is going to be an expensive winter! I rarely get Finches here, but yesterday at one point I counted 15 House Finches and another time 23 Purple Finches! Most of the time they visited at different times, but there were a few times they overlapped, it was then you could easily see the differences. First, the vocalization was very different between the two species. When they were “side by side”, the old saying that the Purple Finch looks like it was “dipped in Raspberry juice” is very true. The females were easier to differentiate, to me, but the males definitely had obvious and subtle differences as well. On the males that weren’t so brilliantly colored the eye banding was something I found helped. I also noticed the “notch” in the tail was usually larger in the Purple Finch. Either way, get out the binoculars, put out the black oil sunflower seeds, and see some “Uncommon” birds at the feeder.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO settings different for each image, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC, combined in Photoshop CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana