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“Bird Nirdvana”

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

Bird Nirdvana.
 
I feel that with the year I have had viewing and photographing Warblers and other birds in the yard, it is only fair I am allowed to make up a word that properly describes the experience. Since many folks already shake their head and giggle at the extent of my bird nerdiness, I feel I have reached a state of nirvana as it could apply to bird watching. Therefore, the words I feel that should describe a very personally successful year in viewing and photographing birds is “Bird Nirdvana”! Yesterday morning as I was starting to gather up the gear I caught some birds chasing each other through the trees, like they do all morning, and a yellow bird was chasing a couple birds down towards the feeders. One of the birds, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, landed in the crepe myrtles. I thought at first it was an adult male Cerulean Warbler, and it wasn’t until later I noticed the black throat in the image. This is another first for me at the feeders and the first time I was able to capture a nice image of one as well. I had photographed a female Black-throated Blue a couple weeks ago, but now I have added a male to the images for the year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/200th 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
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The Solar Eclipse and The 3 Chairs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Solar Eclipse and The 3 Chairs.
 
One of the bonuses of staying home for the solar eclipse was wanting and hoping to capture it over “The 3 Chairs”. I had set up several different cameras to capture different aspects of the eclipse, one included pointing one southwest and very wide. At the point near our totality (about 99%) I removed the lens cap and metered and did a few images. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a clean eclipsed sun since we weren’t in totality, so I decided instead to go for a sun-star. I love the Tamron SP 15-30mm lens for night skies and I knew it would be perfect for this scene. At f11, the spires of the sun-star would be long enough and with the point source of light, would also be distinct. I knew I wouldn’t get any detail in the sun, so I concentrated more on getting detail in the chairs. One thing I had heard happens during the peak is you have a 360 degree sunset, meaning all the way around the horizon, color will appear just as it does at sunset. It really happened as the image shows. When I processed it, I could have boosted the colors a light, but the light I saw was more of a grey light and the vibrancy would have looked fake to me.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20 ballhead, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
I have been seeing several juvenile or first winter Chestnut-sided Warblers in the yard for a couple of weeks, but yesterday was the first adult male (non-breeding plumage) I have seen. I was able to get a few images of him interacting with one of the juveniles too. My backyard has been a treasure chest this year!
 
Today is Solar Eclipse day here in Bear Woods and across the country. I decided that I didn’t want to fight any traffic today so I will be shooting it in the backyard. I will post images and hopefully a time lapse video of the event in the next few days. Since we are not at a 100%, only somewhere around 98%, I will have to leave a filter on the camera for the images, unless I see it is covering more of the sun. This actually makes it a little easier for me with less gear to worry about. I am really interested to see all the images that come out of the event, which is another big reason I am staying home, since there will be at least million other photographers shooting the eclipse. I have debated on purchasing stock in Nikon and Canon since there is a good chance a lot of sensors will be burning up later today as well. Be careful folks, don’t burn your eyes out!
 
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, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Big Breakfast!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Big Breakfast!
 
I was picking up the camera yesterday morning when all of a sudden the Worm-eating Warbler appeared, and in great light! I quickly turned the camera back on, framed the image, and the Warbler grabbed an insect from the base of a leaf. It then turned its head to the side as if he was posing with his catch. I have learned a lot as to landscaping my yard to be more friendly to the birds and will carry these lessons over to next year as well. Lots of flowers and bushes that attract insects also attract the birds!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/200th 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

Nature’s Palette

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

Nature’s Palette
 
I remember when I was in art school as painters we mixed our palettes for our work that day. Seeing all of the beautiful colors we could mix though will never match what nature mixes each and every day. Sitting on the back porch the other day when this Hooded Warbler landed near the Crepe Myrtle blossom, I had to just think about how incredible the colors were in our natural world. Flowers in their bright colors attract bees and other insects, which in turn attract colorful birds hoping for a meal, all the mean while their color is there to attract a mate. As colorful as the Hooded Warbler is on the front and side though, the dull drab back is there to protect and conceal the female as it sits on a nest of eggs. As hard as we try to copy nature’s palette, we can never outdo what is there in front of us. Turn off the TV, get outside and just look at the palette of color around you.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3200, 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

I don’t have a large beak, just a small head

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

I don’t have a large beak, just a small head.
 
One of the most beautiful birds we get up here is the male Scarlet Tanager, but its counterpart is extremely bright and colorful as well. The male is a bright red and black, but the female is a beautiful yellow. We see them in the treetops often, but this year they have come down to the feeder area, not for the feeders but the bushes around them. They are foliage gleaners, which means they “pick” their insects from the branches and leaves of trees and bushes. This female seem to follow in some of the juvenile Eastern Bluebirds yesterday but I have seen her or one similar come in and eat insects in the Crepe Myrtles. Birds to me are more than beautiful colors and song, their behavior is interesting to watch. It is so interesting to see how their beaks have adapted for their eating habits over the years. A great book that discusses this is “The Beak of the Finch”, written primarily about finches in the Galapagos islands.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods

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

Northern Parula, another new visitor to Bear Woods.
 
The year of the Warbler continues in Bear Woods. Yesterday, a Northern Parula stopped by for a visit. I hope it stays at least a few days. It is a beautiful bird with a great song. I had another 8 Warbler day from the back porch, which is better than some days I have had walking in the woods! I look forward to seeing what this morning holds for Warblers and other visitors!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/250th 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