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Sad news from the Berry Nest

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

Sad News from the Berry Nest.
 
I don’t have a photo of the inside of the nest obviously, so I picked a photo of Ma Berry. Last night one of the eaglets from the Berry College nest got too close the edge of the nest and fell. After gaining permission, people from Berry went to the nest and found the eaglet on the ground, it did not survive the fall. It is very sad news whenever we lose one of the beautiful birds.
 
Eagles have about a 50% mortality rate during the first year for many reasons. There are many reasons they don’t survive, but this is the first time something has happened while the birds were in the nest. Sadly this is nature, raw nature that we are able to see day to day and minute to minute. I enjoy watching the nest to see how Eagles interact with each other. I am amazed at how gentle the adults can be with their young. There are a lot of folks who look beyond appreciating nature and become so involved in watching the nest(s) (there are many that stream video) that they are probably a little too involved in the cameras. A friend had notified me last night a little while after it happened and as I went to watch, I was amazed and appalled at how harsh and rude people were with each other over the incident. Honestly, there was nothing anyone could do to prevent or change the outcome, again it is nature. It is understandable to be sad, but folks should realize that along with the great things we are allowed to see, we will see some bad as well. People need to understand there is not a script, there isn’t always a happy outcome when viewing nature. I would caution people when they allow themselves to get so caught up with viewing.
 
That said, it will be interesting to see if beyond noticing last night the eaglet was gone if the adults search some this morning or today. We too often attach human emotions and reactions to the birds we watch. The Eagles don’t have the emotions we do and I think after watching for a little while last night, the adults continue realizing the loss and simply will care for the remaining eaglet. I’m not saying they don’t mourn, I don’t know, but I think they also realize this is nature better than humans do. So today I am saddened at the loss of a beautiful bird, but happy there is still an eaglet in the nest and hoping it makes it to its second year and beyond. My thoughts go out to those at Berry College who are dedicated to studying the nest.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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“Yellow Slippers”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Yellow Slippers”
 
When I first started birding and doing bird photography many years ago a friend pointed to a white wading bird and stated “yellow slippers” means it is a Snowy Egret. Birds tend to look very similar and can easily be confused. A Cattle Egret is similar in size and shape, but lack the yellow feet of the Snowy Egret among other things, but this one feature makes it easily distinguishable. That has stuck with me for all the years I have birded. We were lucky enough to see a small pond of mixed birds when we were at Merritt Island, among the birds were lots of Snowy Egrets. A beautiful and delicate bird in appearance.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204x tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Is this Owl defective?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Is this Owl defective?
 
When you look at an Burrowing Owl that is facing away from you and all of a sudden it rotates its head 180 degrees, it is pretty weird at first. I wanted to capture an image of one in this position so it looked like it had been “assembled” wrong at the Owl factory. Owls eyes don’t move in their head and are always stationary, so in order to see to the side or behind them without rotating their body, they can rotate their heads about 270 degrees and not tear any tendons or blood vessels. Another interesting fact about the Burrowing Owl is its ability to live in an area where there is higher levels of carbon monoxide, such as an underground burrow. Please keep in mind this would be slightly elevated and is how the owl is able to spend so many hours underground. They are also great rodent hunters, often hunting them while running on the ground vs swooping down and grabbing them from flight. They are really just cool birds!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Burrowing Owls and Flowers

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Burrowing Owl and flowers.
 
One morning while photographing the Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral, one Owl dropped down into the burrow and we saw sand flying out from the hole. It was kind of interesting to watch, similar to a dog burying something. All of a sudden, the Owl poked its head out of the hole into the beautiful sunlight with pretty pink flowers surrounding it. You can see the tiny black spot on its left eye which they speculate is a result of such a localized colony there is likely some inbreeding causing the black spots in some of the birds eyes. They say it doesn’t effect the vision of the Owl however.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Burrowing Owl Pair

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2018 by lilybug1960

Burrowing Owl Pair.
 
When I was in Cape Coral photographing the Burrowing Owls finding pairs was especially rewarding to me. Watching the interaction of the owls with each other was fascinating. I will be going back down in a few weeks to speak at a conference, but I am hoping I can sneak away a couple mornings or late afternoons and capture some more images of these beautiful little owls. There should be lots of burrows with fuzzy owelettes coming out as well. Every minute spent outside observing is not only relaxing to me but so educational as well.
 
Speaking of education…don’t forget if you live in North Georgia or are going to be in the area, I will be doing a lecture that is free to the public for the North Georgia Photography Club on “Photographing Birds of Prey” Friday night at 6:30pm in Dahlonega, Georgia. Along with a lot of tips on capturing images of birds of prey, I will share lots of my favorite images as well as stories of my time with these birds.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #Sirui, #SiruiProfessional

Green Heron

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Green Heron
 
This is a Green Heron, a bird that has eluded me for many years in my attempts to get a nice photograph of it. During the Space Coast Wildlife and Birding Festival however, we ran across several that were very cooperative. The colors on this bird in good light are magnificent! Our group was able to watch 4 of the birds jockey for position in a prime fishing area. This one, in an effort to get the best spot, was very close to our position and allowed us to capture beautiful images of it as well as its behavior.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

The Berry Eagles in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2018 by lilybug1960


The Berry Eagles in Flight.

I was meeting a friend yesterday to deliver a few Bluebird houses and Rome, Georgia was kind of the middle between our houses, so we met up at Berry College. When you are at Berry and it is Eagle season, you photograph them when given the opportunity. When I drove into the parking lot, Dad was perched in a tree near the nest, but within a few minutes they did a “shift change” with Mom flying out of the nest and Dad flying in to take his turn on the eggs. Mom fly off in the direction of one of her hunting grounds and I decided to drive over and see if I could find her. When I arrived I was talking with a few friends when Mom flew out headed in our direction and flew fairly close to us with some nice light striking her as she went by headed back over to the nest. We stayed at the lake a little while watching a 4 or 5 year old hunt for Coots before leaving the area as well.
When we got back to the nest, Mom was flying in with a big stick for the “rails” of the nest but it broke before she made it there. She was perched on a branch when an adult Eagle flew around high above the nest in large circles. Needless to say, that did not make the Berrys happy and Mom flew to the nest and Dad flew out, which was enough to get the other Eagle to leave. The bonus was he flew in some nice light in front of us!
In the first image you can see how Mom’s left talon sort of hangs in flight. She still uses it very well and even though it seems to dangle, she is an extremely proficient hunter. If you would like to come listen to my lecture on “Photographing Birds of Prey” in Dahlonega Friday, February 16, 2018 please check out the North Georgia Photography Club for details or on my website http://www.bearwoodsphotography.com under the Events tab. It is free to the public!
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800 (Mom), 280 (Dad), shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens in Mode 2 for panning, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster