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Capturing the Dawn Song

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

Capturing the Dawn Song.
 
My favorite sound as the sky begins to lighten and the birds begin to wake is the Dawn Song. This time of year all the male birds are up early trying to establish territory and find their mates, like this Chestnut-sided Warbler. They begin to sing early, often and loud, together it is the Dawn Song. It is when I am able to identify the large number of species of birds in the area. Often you don’t see some of the Warblers but you will hear them during this time. It is the Dawn Song that encourages me to capture images of songbirds…well…singing! Yesterday before the sun was bright enough to get an image, I had a male Cerulean Warbler sing in the brush just behind the house, then moments later if flew onto the back porch as if to say, “did you recognize my song”? If you aren’t an early riser, do it just once if you can, you won’t regret it!
 
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, 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, #BirdNirdvana
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Scarlet Tanager

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Scarlet Tanager.
 
One of my favorite summer birds up here is the Scarlet Tanager. We have them nesting in the area and they visit the backyard often in spring, summer and fall. Part of our efforts to eliminate using pesticides has resulted in the return of so many birds to the yard. The Scarlet Tanagers come down to gorge themselves on Japanese Beetles each summer and I will see them grab a few bees near the hives as well. This image was made as I was waiting to get a few images of the female Blackburnian Warbler the other day. The Tanager flew in to check out my activities.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, 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, #BirdNirdvana

Blackburnian Warbler

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

Blackburnian Warbler.
 
One of those “Crowned Jewels” of Warblers for me is the Blackburnian Warbler. The brilliant oranges and yellows of the male in breeding plumage is stunning. It is one of those Warblers though that you need to learn the song in order to locate it easily. It stays high in the trees most of the time and you may never see it without hearing it first. I was lucky enough yesterday to locate a male and female in the same area. The male sang in the treetops as a female looked for insects lower in the canopy. For a while the female was not making friends with a nesting Robin as it got a little close to the Robin agitating it. I got several nice images of the male, but my favorites were those where he was singing. I kept thinking back to my lessons from John Shaw when I went to shoot…”to stop the lower mandible of a songbird you need at least 1/250th of a second”…works like a charm.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640 (male) 1100 (female), 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, #BirdNirdvana

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
I took a few minutes yesterday morning to walk around the local park here near Bear Woods. It is called Eagle’s Rest and sits on top of Mt. Oglethorpe in Pickens County. I wanted to check on the Warblers migrating through. I spent some time photographing this beautiful Chestnut-sided Warbler gleaning insects and searching for a mate. The light was incredible and he obviously was enjoying the sunshine. Every once in a while he would fly down and check out my gear then return to his morning activities. I did see a female as well so hopefully he was successful in establishing his territory and they will reside here for the summer.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, ISO 720 and 800, 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, #BirdNirdvana

Mute Swan, Cape May

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

Mute Swan, Cape May.
 
It has been many years since my last visit to Cape May, NJ but I was able to make a return visit yesterday with Ken Hubbard. After our lectures for the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs we found ourselves with a free day before doing a project today. Ken is doing a workshop there for Tamron and the Photo Center in a few weeks, so we decided to do a scouting trip. I am returning to Cape May the first week of May 2019 for the M.A.R.S. event, and this also will help me to do a little scouting. Cape May is a birding hot spot each spring and although we were at the beginning of the neo-tropical migrants, mainly songbirds, we still were rewarded with a 5 Warbler day. We saw lots of Yellow-rumped, several Prairie, and a few Palm and Black and White, while hearing several Pine Warblers. We spent awhile photographing the beautiful Mute Swans as well. They are beginning to nest on top of the Musk Rat dens this time of year. They would approach fairly close to us and it was an awesome feeling to be that close to these really incredibly beautiful birds. If you have never been to Cape May, you need to add it to your list of must visit locations.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 280, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, for this image I used a Sirui Monopod that is actually one removable leg from the N3204X tripod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Great Egret in Flight

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Great Egret in Flight.
 
First, I want to thank the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs for hosting myself and Ken Hubbard for their Photorama 2018 yesterday. There were about 150 folks in attendance for our presentations. I met many new friends and was treated like family from the minute I arrived. A special thanks to the Photo Center and to Patty from Tamron for all her hard work in setting it up and helping to make it happen. Lou from the NJFCC was a great organizer and made the show run smoothly. I look forward to coming back up in the future. Today it is time for a little bird photography on Cape May! I have been studying eBird and have some specific birds to look for today!
 
This is an image from Harris Neck NWR during the Georgia Nature Photographers Association Annual Expo. The birds in the rookery started taking flight and I had just talked with the group about setting for birds in flight and this Great Egret decided he wanted to help our group practice! My settings for birds in flight are typically no slower than 1/500th of a second and f8, I will utilize the auto ISO feature of the camera if the birds are traveling from shadow to light or in and out of shadow. I prefer 1/1000 or even 1/2000 of a second. Larger and slower birds are fine at the minimum speeds.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 140, 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

Who delivers babies to Storks?

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Who delivers babies to Storks?
 
So the question is this, if Storks deliver babies to humans, who delivers babies to Storks? I waited to find out while I was at Harris Neck NWR watching the Wood Storks on their nest, but never found out the answer. This was an image from our field trip to Woody Pond. It is a great place to see a lot of nest with adults incubating eggs and we even got to see several times when the adults came into feed the chicks. I will really have to look at doing a workshop at Harris Neck NWR, it is such a great location.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, 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