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Photographing Birds of Prey Presentation Tonight

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

Photographing Birds of Prey Presentation Tonight.
 
Tonight I will be doing a free and open to the public presentation for the North Georgia Photography Club in Dahlonega, GA starting at 6:30pm. The address is: 25 Schultz Ave, Dahlonega, GA 30533. I will talk about techniques and gear that I use to capture images of birds of prey and some suggestions on settings to help you as well. I promise to show lots of images of beautiful birds and share some of their stories as well. The best thing is it will be with lots of folks who share an interest in photography and birds of prey. When I started out in photography, there were few if any clubs for me or others to attend and learn from each other and speakers who would come in to present. The NGPC does lots of field trips with each other to share their knowledge and interest with each other as well. Come on out if you live nearby, meet some nice folks, see some pretty images, who knows, maybe you will learn something about photographing birds of prey as well!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000, Sirui N3204x tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Is this Owl defective?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Is this Owl defective?
 
When you look at an Burrowing Owl that is facing away from you and all of a sudden it rotates its head 180 degrees, it is pretty weird at first. I wanted to capture an image of one in this position so it looked like it had been “assembled” wrong at the Owl factory. Owls eyes don’t move in their head and are always stationary, so in order to see to the side or behind them without rotating their body, they can rotate their heads about 270 degrees and not tear any tendons or blood vessels. Another interesting fact about the Burrowing Owl is its ability to live in an area where there is higher levels of carbon monoxide, such as an underground burrow. Please keep in mind this would be slightly elevated and is how the owl is able to spend so many hours underground. They are also great rodent hunters, often hunting them while running on the ground vs swooping down and grabbing them from flight. They are really just cool birds!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Owlie, the Great Horned Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Owlie, the Great Horned Owl.
 
One of the beautiful birds we photographed while we visited the Teton Raptor Center was this Great Horned Owl. Hopefully my memory is correct and its name is Owlie, named by a child, but I like it. This bird is another one of their educational birds, meaning it can’t be released into the wild, but will serve as an educational ambassador to all of us. Becky, the handler/educator, obviously has a great relationship with the birds as they respond to her very well. It was more than a few times that Owlie would “hoot” at her and they would have little conversations with each other. I have said on numerous times, please support your local centers, even better make sure you take a kid to one, so they can learn about these beautiful animals and hopefully they will do one thing that will help protect them while in the wild.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, 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, #TetonRaptorCenter

Golden Eagle Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

Golden Eagle Portrait.
 
We took our workshop group to a educational photo shoot at the Teton Raptor Center Monday. I will simply say, it was incredible. We met great people, learned about some raptors and were able to capture some great images. I have forgotten this Golden Eagle’s name but will find out what it is when I can email them. He was injured in the nest and can’t extend his right wing. He can’t fly so he will be part of their educational program. What a beautiful bird. We will go back to the center again whenever we do workshops out there because of not only the great opportunities but the great folks we met, who are dedicated to a great cause.
 
On a side note, I am blown away with the sharpness of the Tamron 100-400mm lens combined with my Nikon D-850! Handheld using Vibration Compensation, just wow!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TetonRaptorCenter

Red-tailed Hawk, Adult female

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Red-tailed Hawk, Adult female.
 
Along with the Eurasian Eagle Owl, the falconers brought 2 Red-tailed Hawks. One was a 6 month old juvenile female, the other a 5 year old female. The main way to tell the difference without sending in a feather for testing is the size of the bird. Larger birds of prey are typically females. I have photographed this particular bird two years ago at the picnic that year. She is a beauty for sure. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds, she is an incredible hunter according to the handler. He said she will be released back into the wild next year. By law the falconers have to release them again once they reach breeding age. It is still an amazing feeling to be this close to such a beautiful bird!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear, #MCTGA

“You looking at me”?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

“You looking at me”?
 
The only thing more mesmerizing than seeing the orange eyes of a Eurasian Eagle Owl would be to have them staring through you like this one did to me. She was fascinated by the sound of the camera and the feet on my Sirui monopod. The great thing about using a long lens, like I did, was the minimum focusing distance of the Tamron is close enough that I could fill the frame with the owl’s face almost with very little post process cropping and be far enough away not to scare the owl. The owl was moving so I had to move back a little to leave room in the frame as it shifted left and right slowly. I think people see an owl like this and don’t realize how strong it can be. This owl is over 2 feet long and almost 6 pounds. One person asked if they could move in beside the owl to get a photo with it. The falconer replied, “only if you don’t need that ear”. I thought that was the quote of the day for me.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui EP204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Picnic.
 
Yesterday was the Annual Member’s Picnic for the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia held at a private residence in Tate Mountain Estates near our house. Evelyn and I have been involved with them for about 20 years now and have been donating our services for them as well. They help to preserve the lands around us for future generations to enjoy, so we believe strongly in their mission. At yesterday’s meeting a newly acquired property, Forry Farms, was dedicated by the MCTGA along with the Forry family to their late parents who were long time supporters of the MCTGA. All I can say is what an incredible gift by the kids to keep their parents dream alive for generations to com.
 
Every year they have a group of Falconers bring in some birds for people to see and learn about their craft. This year there were 2 Red-tailed Hawks, a Lanner Falcon, and this beautiful Eurasian Eagle Owl. Although it looks similar to our Great Horned Owl, it is significantly larger and native to Europe. These Falconers are always a pleasure to talk with and we are going to do a Birds of Prey workshop with them in the future.
 
Get involved with local conservation efforts if you can. It is very rewarding and you meet some of the greatest people all of which share your love of the outdoors. If you live in Georgia, check out the MCTGA!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Aperture Priority mode, Matrix metering, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation active, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear