Archive for Birds of Prey

Osprey on the hunt

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2018 by lilybug1960

Osprey on the hunt.
 
I went to Harris Neck NWR on Tuesday to scout for my field workshop on Friday. Our friends gave us a great tour of the place and we literally had the Refuge to ourselves. We didn’t see a single person while there. One beautiful location our group will go is to Woody Pond. The nesting Wood Storks are visible there as well as Night Herons, Egrets and other birds. One of the residents that was pretty active while we were there was this beautiful male Osprey who perched in the corner surveying the pond for his next meal. Osprey are one of my favorite Raptors and I really enjoy studying and photographing them. I know the group will love the pond!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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Huckleberry

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

Huckleberry.
 
I have been so busy catching up on images that I have taken over the past 3 weeks along with a lot of other stuff, so I haven’t been out to shoot much new stuff. It is rare that I have a 4 week lull in my schedule, but it has allowed me to finally process a lot of files sitting on the hard drive. Being a professional nature photographer isn’t always about shooting. Its a business and there are lots of other things that take up time. In the next few weeks I will be at the GNPA Expo in Jekyll Island, then up in New Jersey for Photorama 2018. I am really looking forward to both trips and events. For me one thing I will get to do is go to Cape May for the first time in about 20 years! I am doing an event there next year and need to scout. There is also a special side trip that I will tell you about later as well. I have also finalized plans to return to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville next January!
 
The image today is one of the cute little Eastern Screech Owl, Huckleberry, as he posed for our group at the Birds of Prey workshop. There were beautiful birds but I don’t know if any cooperated better or caught the attention more from our group than Huckleberry. Thanks again to Georgia Mountain Falconry for all your hard work and we are looking forward to the next event!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC using the Loupedeck console. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #Loupedeck

Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern.

The other day I posted an image of a Red-tailed Hawk, Western Red Morph, and I wanted to let everyone see what an Eastern variety looked like as a comparison. This is another one of the beautiful birds from our Birds of Prey Workshop that Georgia Mountain Falconry brought out for us to photograph. I am so glad I chose the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850 for the shoot that day. It is such an incredibly sharp combination! The details in the eye and face are unbelievable. Nothing beats a beautiful bird photographed with an incredibly sharp combination of lens/camera!

Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron#TamronUSA#TamronLensesUSA#TamronImageMaster#Sirui#SiruiUSA#SiruiProfessional

Barred Owl Portrait

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

Barred Owl Portrait.
 
There is something special about being able to look straight into the face of an Owl. Owls are the subject of so much lure and mystery, and to look deep into the eyes is an awesome feeling. Another reason I like to photograph falconer’s bird when possible is the opportunity it offers a photographer to get these types of portraits without extreme stress on the animal. The falconers we worked with had their bird’s safety and health a priority at all times. If the bird showed stress, he/she would have us back off and let the bird relax. The birds are well cared for and beautiful specimens. I can’t imagine it being possible to get 6 or 7 feet away from a Barred Owl in the wild, and in great light, to capture a beautiful portrait of it.Thank you again Georgia Mountain Falconry for allowing us to photograph your beautiful birds and we greatly appreciate the educational opportunities you offered us as well!
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC using the Loupedeck console. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #GeorgiaMountainFalconry

Red-tailed Hawk, Western Red Morph

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2018 by lilybug1960

Red-tailed Hawk, Western Red Morph.
 
One of the reasons I like to photograph Falconer’s birds is the variety of birds I see. I can photograph Red-tailed Hawks here in the southeastern US, but for me to be able to capture great close-up images of one from the western US is not so easy. The differences in the birds is pretty neat and simply is great for educational purposes for me and others that enjoy birding. This particular bird is from Oregon, I believe is what the falconer stated. The Red-tailed Hawks out west have much more red in their feathers. Size wise they seemed fairly close. We will do more of these Birds of Prey photo shoots with our falconers once the molting of feathers continue and the summer heat, which will be here soon enough, settles down and the birds are not stressed.
 
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC using the Loupedeck console. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

Learner’s Permit

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Learner’s Permit.
 
One of my favorite times to observe an Eagle’s nest is when the youngsters “wingersize” or in other words, exercise their wings to make them strong enough to support flight. Ideally an Eagle wants to get the whole flight thing down before it leaves the nest, or get it down the best they can anyway. It has happened that Eagles accidentally fledge from the nest and that raises a whole bunch of new issues for them and the parents. Eagles soar gracefully most of the time, but the young ones remind me of Buzz Lightyear when he wasn’t flying but instead “falling with style”. This was one of the Eaglets from the SWFL Eagle’s nest when I was down there a couple weeks ago. Less than a week later, the Eaglets fledged from the nest. I really found it cute that it is looking over at Harriet who has the same look many parents do as their child takes the wheel during their driving lessons.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

“Extinction is Forever”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Extinction is Forever”
 
When I was studying photography my mentor, John Shaw, used to talk about composition with birds, especially flying birds. He would emphasize to me and all who listened to him, that you want a bird, or any animal for that matter, to be looking into the frame. Having the animal close to the edge of the frame and looking out of the frame made the viewer uncomfortable. You wondered what was out there. He said the only time he ever saw a successful image where the bird was against the edge and looking outward was with the text “Extinction is Forever”. That lesson stuck with me for several reasons, a photograph can cause the viewer to reflect upon the message, and as a nature photographer I felt I had a responsibility to the natural world to influence a viewer when possible. The image he described was near to my heart and was the reason I first read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. It was that book that helped to get DDT banned as a pesticide and in doing so the Bald Eagle has made a great recovery. I think it is always important to keep the message in mind though. If you are going to have the opportunity to be in Jackson, Wyoming for the North American Nature Photographers Association 2018 Nature Celebration in May, please come listen to my presentation on “Avoiding a Silent Spring”. I will discuss the little things you can do to help, and I will even show some pretty images!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #NANPA, #2018NatureCelebration