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Juvenile Bald Eagle, Good News, Bad News…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2019 by lilybug1960

Juvenile Bald Eagle, Good news, bad news.
 
Sometimes images come with a “good news, bad news” disclaimer, and this is one of them. The good news is this Eagle perched across from the boat docks from our workshop group one morning this past weekend. It was waiting and wanting to fly in to feed on a deer carcass someone had dumped. Every time it would approach it got mobbed by a bunch of Grackles and Gulls. I am guessing from the location they dumped it, they were hoping for a gator to get it. No, this wasn’t in Bear Woods, it was in Apalachicola. So what could be the bad news? Well the day before 2 folks with us left a few minutes after us and captured images of a beautiful mature Bald Eagle sitting on the dock feeding…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 450, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, handheld, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #ShimodaExplore, #Apalachicola, #BearWoodsPhotography

Scarlet Tanager, Juvenile Male

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2019 by lilybug1960

Scarlet Tanager, Juvenile Male.
 
I know scarlet is red, but when the male Scarlet Tanager is either non-breeding (age and fall), they are actually a dull yellow. They closely resemble the female Scarlet Tanager with the difference being the more distinct black shoulder on the top of the wing. The females have more of a consistent shade. It was a treat to see the adult female actually feeding it on the fence at the back of the yard. I have never seen it before, even though I know it happens. The Japanese Beetles are beginning to emerge and soon the bushes and trees will be covered with them, and that attracts the Tanagers in big numbers here.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdNirdvana, #BirdPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BearWoodsPhotography

“You could get up and feed me”

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

“You could get up and feed me”
 
The birds that land in the “Backyard Bird Studio” are well aware of my presence. I don’t hide, I sit out in the open on a chair with my cup of coffee most of the time. They are used to me so they ignore me, but at times still look at me. The Eastern Bluebirds will fly to the mealworm feeder and if it is empty, they will look at me, then the feeder, then me, as if to say…”its empty” fill it. I will put a few worms out on the ground to help encourage the young ones to feed on their own. This one has mastered it, but this time it had eaten all that were on the ground and started looking at me as if to let me know they were gone. They are training me well…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2018 by lilybug1960

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird Portrait.
 
The juvenile Eastern Bluebirds are coming down to the Backyard Bird Studio regularly now and exploring the surroundings. This one is the most curious and seems to be able to do a good bit of hunting on its own. It is going to be the first one to figure out how to enter the mealworm feeder. I use a Droll Yankee feeder that has a dome shaped lid that the bird must fly into for their mealworms. This one has almost figured it out. I love seeing them at this stage, as they look so young and curious. He even came by the closest post to pose for a quick set of portraits.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

The Teenager

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Teenager.
 
This is probably my favorite stage with juvenile Eastern Bluebirds. I think of them as new teenagers where everything they find interests them and they are quick to explore, but will fuss in a heartbeat when they need something. These guys are starting to follow Dad in when he comes down to the backyard and checking things out. Between the 4 of them and a whole bunch of Chickadee, Wren, Titmouse and Towhee babies there are lots of mouths to be fed in the backyard.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

Determining the Age of an Eagle

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

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Determining the age of an Eagle.
 
I posted images yesterday of the confrontation of Ma Berry and the Sub-adult Eagle. I received some messages and comments as to how someone can determine the age and sex of an eagle? There are lots of guides out there for determining or closely determining age by the feathers of the birds. The 4 eagles shown in this post are examples of the differences. The first eagles are newly fledged and are drab in color with brown eyes. The second eagle is the 3 year old (actually entering the 3rd year) eagle. The tail feathers have started to turn white and it is starting to show the “terminal band” at the edge of the tail, notice the eyes are turning yellow or almost all the way changed. The third eagle is a 4th year entering its 5th year. The terminal band is pretty much gone and all that remains on the head is a simple band near the eye. Lastly the full grown adult. The completely white head and tail.
 
Now as for the sex of birds that is more difficult or impossible without a blood test or observing behavior during mating. However, seeing two eagles together can help as well give you a good guess. First, many people assume that smaller birds are babies, which is not the case. Many birds that are just leaving a nest may appear larger than the adults because they haven’t expelled the energy for hunting and maintain some weight. Plus their feathers have grown out and do not show the wear of life. When you see two eagles together the female is typically larger than the male. In the posted images, I won’t even try to guess on the two Juveniles, but the sub-adult is more than likely a male. He was 2/3rds the size of Ma Berry, who is a big girl anyway, but he was tiny near her. The 3rd eagle, the 4th year, was larger than the full grown adult and is probably a female. The full grown adult is more than likely a male. I am speculating that it is a young pair.
 
The first image was made with the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, the next 3 images were made using the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

A Fall Visitor

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2016 by lilybug1960

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A Fall Visitor
 
I have been hearing them, even seeing them, but until yesterday, I had not been able to photograph one of them. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are headed south for the winter. This year I have heard and seen more than previous years. This one is a juvenile male in that awkward stage of color change. He will be a beautiful adult male next time he flies by in Spring though. I usually don’t put much seed out for the birds this time of year but with these guys coming by in such large numbers, I thought I better help them fuel up for the trip. See you in about 6 months!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, at 380mm, Aperture Priority, f6, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 3200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA