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A Good Hair Day

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Good Hair Day.
 
I have been pretty busy lately and with a clear morning I decided to take a break and head over to Berry College to see the Eagles. For the most part there was little, actually no, activity until about 10 a.m. when Dad flew in with some “fluff” for the nest. Mom flew over to her perch and preened a while. There was a Red-tailed Hawk flying off in the distance and she watched and chatted at it every once in a while. There was a breeze and with Ma’s fluffy head feathers she looked like she had just been to the stylist and had her hair done. I guess “big hair” is in with southern Eagles this year…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 320, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, gear packed in a MindSpring FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronUSAMagazine, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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My Fascination with Bald Eagles

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2018 by lilybug1960

My Fascination with Bald Eagles.
 
It may be hard for some folks to understand why I have this fascination with Bald Eagles. It started in my youth. I never saw one until 1976. It wasn’t until my first trip to the Grand Tetons that I saw our Nation’s symbol. It is why I read and thing everyone should read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. One of the first studies of the numbers of Bald Eagles showed that there were only 487 nesting pairs in the lower 48 States in 1963! Because of the widespread use of herbicides and pesticides, primarily DDT, Eagles and other Birds of Prey, were almost eliminated. Rachel’s book helped to bring attention to how DDT effected the birds. It was prohibited to use and as of 2006 our nesting population was up to 9789 pairs. We have a long way to go to reach the numbers of the 1700s and 1800s. I am fascinated with them because I never thought or dreamed they would survive. I find them so majestic in flight. I only hope that people who are growing up seeing so many never take them for granted and will always appreciate their comeback.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 200, 1/200th of a second (Sunny 16 Rule), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLenseUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2018 by lilybug1960

Happy Valentine’s Day.
 
I know, Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a holiday made up by a greeting card company that just puts pressure on folks. It doesn’t have to be though. It can be that day you take an extra moment and let that special someone in your life how important they are to you. It can be something simple. Maybe just sitting on a branch and letting everyone know how you feel! Actually this is the Berry College Eagles last year. The day before this photo an intruder Eagle had landed near the nest while Dad was taking his turn on nest duty. It took a little screaming for Mom to come to the nest and run off the intruder. So on this day, Dad had been on the nest fussing for a little while, probably still a little shaken up from the previous day, Mom came in and landed on a branch about 400 feet away. After a minute or so of fussing Dad flew out of the nest and landed behind Mom and fussed. Mom appears to be mocking Dad, but finally flew to the nest and Dad settled down. It was an incredible moment for me being about 100 feet or so away from the whole event. All is well in the nest, as a matter of fact, they welcomed B10 (new Eaglette) the other day and B11 just hatched overnight.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom 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

Looking Back at 2017 part 4

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 4
 
My favorite Berry Eagle image was in late January. The day before I was there an intruder had harassed Dad in the nest. On this day he had been there for a few hours and I am pretty sure not resting easily still from the previous day. Mom preened on a branch near where the photographers hang out. Dad called her and she ignored him so he finally flew over to a branch near by. They fussed a bit, Mom appearing to mock Dad for a little while before Mom finally gave in and flew back to the nest.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH-20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Eagle Season

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

Eagle Season.
 
There is so much going on this time of year. A lot of folks enjoy going to the malls and stores to shop, but me, give me the opportunity to get outdoors more and photograph or observe wildlife, especially Eagles. The pair of Eagles at Berry College have been really active this year. It could be the cooler weather, it could be that there are so many more Eagles in the area that they are hanging out near the nest more to make sure no other Eagles try and move in. Either way, we observers and photographers win with opportunities to see them close up and study their behavior. This image was on Thanksgiving when the female was returning to the nest to complete some nestorations. She flew so close to me, I had to zoom out to 500mm and was lucky to get all of her in the frame at the speed she was moving.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear

HR Flufnstuf

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

HR Flufnstuf
 
I know at least 80% of you that read this are saying “What”? So when I was young, and yes we had TV, color too, there was a show HR Pufnstuf. It was our Sesame Street in a way, or not. It is kind of a Wizard of Oz thing with a creepy thing that saves the kid vs the Wizard and the slippers are a flute. Google it.
 
Anyway, this is the male, Pa Berry flying in with some “fluff” for the nest at Berry College. It was great he flew in with some really nice light striking him. Capturing a flying bird that is going in and out of trees with varying contrast can be tough, but my Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens never lets me down. I use Continuous focus and select Group focus area on the setup and find it gives me an extremely high percentage of tack sharp images. If it misses it is usually me missing the target on a shutter release, not the gear.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 180, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster