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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
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Finally Feeling Like Fall

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Finally feeling like Fall.
 
It has been unusually warm so far this fall, until yesterday anyway. Finally cool air has made its way in and the skies at sunset reflected the drop in humidity as well. The pastel colors that will fill the fall skies have always been some of my favorites. You can see in the image the fall colors are just starting to dot the landscape, and the tomato plants have finished for the year. It is a great time to take in the fresh air from one of “The 3 Chairs”.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority mode, f5.6, ISO 400, -1 stop of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #The3Chairs

Golden-winged Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

Golden-winged Warbler.
 
Another one of those jewels or gems that I have been hoping to capture a really nice image of is the Golden-winged Warbler. I was able to get a few images I am very pleased with yesterday. They don’t stay long and they usually aren’t in the area, so seeing one of them is always special. What a beauty!
 
I am headed to Maine tomorrow for the Out of Acadia Photography Conference so I will inundating you with images of Maine and the coast so be prepared! One more morning of monitoring the migration tomorrow then off to Lobsterland!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Grey Catbird

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2017 by lilybug1960

Do I hear a kitten?
The Grey Catbird is a really interesting bird. My first encounter, years ago, with the Catbird, I was thinking I heard a cat or kitten “meowing” in the woods behind our house near Atlanta. It concerned me that a cat was probably hunting near the bird houses in the yard. I went out to look and became more concerned as I saw birds flying in the holly bushes and small trees at the end of the yard. The birds flew off when I approached and the cat meowing stopped as well. This went on several times before I finally discovered the bird was a Catbird and it was responsible for the calls. It amazed me a bird imitated its predator.
Also at first glance the Grey Catbird is very dull in color. It has a nice rusty patch under its tail. It is almost the polar opposite of the bright Oriole and Tanager I posted recently but every bit as interesting to watch and observe.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Fall Tomatoes

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

Fall Tomatoes.
 
As I woke up yesterday morning and watched as the sun painted the clouds over Bear Woods, I couldn’t help but notice the tomatoes in the garden. They have been there a while, but I hadn’t noticed them until a friend commented on a previous post. Evelyn grows tomatoes each year as well as squash, cucumbers and a variety of herbs. Just down the hill to the right of the tomatoes are the 3 bee hives we keep. We don’t live off the land up here, but we have always thought it important to have fresh vegetables and growing just a few of them yourself is fun and time well spent. Oh, and the sunrise was beautiful too. We do love our home and the time we spend in Bear Woods, our little slice of Heaven on Earth.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter and filter holder, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Philadelphia Vireo

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

Philadelphia Vireo.
 
The Warblers have been getting much of the attention in the yard since I usually don’t have 10 different varieties, much less the 23 so far this year, but I have had a great year with Vireo as well. Yesterday I had a Philadelphia Vireo come by and visit a couple of times. That brings the Vireo total to 4, the Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, the Yellow-throated Vireo and now the Philadelphia Vireo. Each day brings builds more of Bird Nirdvana here in Bear Woods! The next 2 or 3 weeks are going to have lots of action with the approaching cooler weather too!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Jasper and the Stars

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Jasper and the Stars.
 
When I returned home last night from my presentation, I couldn’t help but notice how bright the stars were above Bear Woods. I decided to get the camera out and shoot the stars above downtown Jasper. Fall is my favorite time to shoot the night sky over my hometown since the Milky Way is just over the town not long after sunset. This was about 10:30 last night. I truly love my beloved Bear Woods.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-800E, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 15 seconds, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional