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Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Black-throated Green Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2017 by lilybug1960

Black-throated Green Warbler.
 
One of my “regulars” here in the summertime is a Black-throated Green Warbler. They are very curious and I have had them fly up to me on the porch just to check out what I am doing. I have several pairs in the area and along with their offspring, I may see as many as 8 or so in the mornings. I enjoy hearing their song, “zee zee zo za zee”, each spring as it is a sign to me spring is finally here. They have posed for me very well on my sticks this year. This year has been an exceptional year for me with the Warblers in the backyard and I am excited to see what happens as the birds move south. There is no telling what we will have, but I am ready!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel.
 
As a bird nerd, I have a list of birds that are “Crown Jewels” on my list to hear, observe and if I am lucky, photograph. The first time I heard and saw a Cerulean Warbler was probably 15 years ago while birding on my road. I saw them a few times in the next couple years, but at least 10 years went by since my last encounter. When I heard one 2 days ago, I was very pleased, when it landed in my backyard, I hoped it would stay long enough for an image. I got a few images while it sat on the fence the other day, but yesterday it landed in the Crepe Myrtle bush and almost posed for me. They are incredibly beautiful birds as adults, but this juvenile male is every bit as nice with his green and blues. I had a great Warbler day in the backyard yesterday and will share a few more images in the next few days. I know, I am a total bird nerd. The fall migration of Warblers may be starting and I hope to capture some nice birds over the next few weeks and month or so. For now I can say I have placed another jewel in the Crown.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Turk’s Cap Lily 2

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2017 by lilybug1960

Turk’s Cap Lily 2
 
Although yesterday’s image, to me, was more colorful and visually more pleasing, this image better reflects the environment of where the Turk’s Cap grows. As you drive down the road, you will see them back in the shadows more often than not. One peeking out in the sunlight. A lot of the work I do is to record natural history so this image is more of that concept vs a fine art image as was the other. If you have never seen one, take a ride in the mountains the next week or so.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 320, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

Blue Sky!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

Blue Sky!
 
For the first time in many days, we had blue skies last night at sunset. Beautiful storm clouds were blowing out as the sun was dropping over the horizon. Now, hopefully, we will have a few days of sunshine so I can cut the grass that has grown out of control with the rain!
 
Sony RX-100 M3, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/125th second, handheld, processed in Lightroom CC. #The3Chairs

The American Redstart

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The American Redstart.
 
Another beautiful, and harmonious, visitor we get up here in the summer is the American Redstart. It is a Warbler and will leave this fall. I was at the mailbox when I heard its song in the tree behind me. I looked and there it was! I quickly went and got my camera and spent the next 30 minutes waiting and chasing the singer of songs.
 
I am off this morning to try something new, a hot air balloon race. Not riding but photographing it. It launches from Helen, GA and ends when the first one reaches the coast, no particular part of the coast, anywhere between Maine and Miami. Should be fun!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Two Pretty Visitors

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

Yellow-throated Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Two Pretty Visitors.
Yesterday, I had visits from a couple of neat little Warblers. In the morning I had a beautiful Yellow-throated Warbler fly to the hook where the hummingbird feeder hangs and check things out. He posed very nicely for me for about 30 seconds or so. Then in the afternoon I spotted a Black-throated Green Warbler hunting and gathering nesting material. She posed nicely for me as well as she gathered grasses for the nest, but she was all business and fly off when she spotted a nice juicy green worm on a mountain laurel. This has been a great year for a variety of birds in the yard, some of which will appear in the calendar for 2018!
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, Yellow-throated Warbler ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Black-throated Green Warbler ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear