Archive for Birds of Prey

Lifting Off

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Lifting off.
 
After the approach, the grab, comes the lifting off and eventual delivery of the catch to the nest. This was a few seconds after grabbing the fish. The Eagles are pretty strong and their wingspan allows them to lift off with a fish or other catch. Being a fairly small fish, the Eagle lifted off without getting too wet. Just seeing it was a special and spectacular moment.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana
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The Approach

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Approach.
 
The next few images I will share over the next few days were from Big Canoe after our incident with the fawn. It had been windy all morning and the Eagles were pretty much doing nothing, but the wind settled down around 9:30 or so and the lake began to smooth out. The male Eagle had been perched in a tree on a point the whole morning, except for a brief moment when he “snagged” a Bluejay that had been harassing him all morning. Yes, he caught the Bluejay and relocated it to the nest as brunch for the Eaglets. The Bluejays left him alone after that. No, I didn’t get the image.
 
We talked with several fisherman that morning, one on a paddle board, who told us about an incident where he had caught a fish and in an attempt to put it into his creel bag, it got loose. One of the Eagles came down and took it from the water fairly close to him. While Mark was fishing he hooked a fish and I noticed the Eagle watched closely as he landed the fish. Later he caught one that was too small and he was returning it to the lake. The female Eagle appeared out of nowhere and began circling the fish. We reacted quickly and started capturing as the Eagle swooped down and grabbed the fish (the image was at 350mm!). We learned something. The Eagles have adapted to fisherman and being opportunist as they are, they grab fish when given a chance. I talked with other friends who live in Big Canoe and they have said they have had the Eagles circle their canoes or kayaks when the catch a fish probably hoping the fish escapes.They seem to use the tree on the point not only as a perch to look for fish, but to watch the fisherman as well.
 
We have witnessed the Eagles fishing, successfully, on their own, but being opportunistic feeders, they obviously will take advantage of an easy meal. I know the Eagles at Berry College retrieve roadkill often and bring it to the nest. When you are feeding 2 babies, I guess an easy meal is a good thing, helping to save energy especially in the heat.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

Simply Regal

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Simply Regal.
 
When the male Big Canoe Bald Eagle turned towards us and sat posing for a moment before taking off to fish, the word regal came to mind. Seeing the Eagle sitting there was just magnificent to see. I have told the story before, but the first time I saw a Bald Eagle was on the Snake River in Wyoming in 1976. I became infatuated with them at that time thinking how lucky I was to see such a magnificent bird that had been driven to endangered status through the use of pesticides. Seeing this Eagle so close to home was and is simply an incredible feeling truly beyond description for me. Having it fly over me within 20 feet was simply a Wow moment.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld from boat utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BirdNirdvana

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

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