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The Pest Control folks are here

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Pest Control folks are here.
 
In our commitment to attracting wildlife and being better stewards to our land, we eliminated the use of pesticides and herbicides in the yard. Our plan brought in more insects, which in turn brought in the birds who eat them. The Scarlet Tanagers are regular visitors to the yard and the shrubs and trees. This one timed it perfect with the light striking the trees in the background creating an incredible backdrop for the beautiful bird. Between the Vireos, Tanagers and Warblers, they do a really good job of keeping the insects in check around the gardens.
 
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
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Nature’s Insecticide

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

Nature’s Insecticide.
 
My post yesterday touched on our approach to insect control. Each and every insect has a role in nature’s decomposition of things. From mites, to beetles and other insects to earthworms. Through my studies, I learned how important it was to leave dead flowers standing so insects can start the breakdown process. Eventually the insects are large enough to support the predators that feed on them, in this case the Worm-eating Warbler. Prior to this past year I had only seen a Worm-eating Warbler a handful of times. This past year though, I spent many mornings photographing this spectacular bird. Hundreds if not thousands of frames. They became one of my favorites with their nearly daily visits. If you are wanting to increase the number and variety of birds you see and photograph, plant some tall flowers, like sunflowers and let them die off and dry out after blooming. The variety of Warblers gleaning the foliage for insects alone is worth it!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Pest Control

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

Pest Control.
 
Every year we face the invasion of Japanese Beetles on our plants. This year we have figured out how to combat the beetles without using any type of pesticides or traps. We have hired the local Scarlet Tanagers to come down from the treetops and eat them. They aren’t even charging us, they work for food! As I watched this one, with tunnel vision, the brighter male for whom the Scarlet name is based, was on a bush 5 feet to the left. As the female flew off and I backed away from the viewfinder, I saw him fly off as well. Next time my friend, next time…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, 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