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The famous #399 and her cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

The famous #399 and her cubs.
 
I really hoped to see Grizzly bear #399 while I was here in Wyoming and I finally did yesterday morning. I went up to the area where the most bear activity had been occurring and there was already a “bear jam” at 7 a.m. waiting. I parked and found a spot off away from the crowd and spotted her and the cubs off about a quarter mile away in the tree line. They were digging for grubs and eventually laid down for a 30 minute nap. When they woke they started working their way across the meadow and offered some great images, of which I will share a few later, and eventually were ready to cross the road. The Rangers had moved all the people near her away allowing her to cross safely. I had moved and positioned myself in an area that allowed me a great angle of view of the meadow on the west side of the road. When she crossed they stopped to feed on some flowers for a few minutes and I had the perfect angle. They probably would have stayed a little longer but some folks did ignore where the Rangers and Volunteers had said was safe, probably startling the cubs a little and they walked down a stream and eventually out of the meadow. I found it interesting a lot of folks cheered when they left like it had been the 8 o’clock show.
 
#399 is in her early 20’s, which is old for a bear and has become famous through photographer’s works. She is featured in books about the Bears of Pilgrim Creek, and sadly it is believed that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will delist Grizzly Bears and allow a hunt this year. There are hunters who will target #399 and a few others because of their fame and hunt her if she leaves the park boundary if a hunt is allowed. They are supposed to announce their decision Wednesday. I will never understand someone’s desire to take a “trophy” like #399 who is a symbol of how our park system has been successful to save a great animal like the Grizzly Bear.
 
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 SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Blondie and one of her cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Blondie and one of her cubs.
 
Yesterday morning was a really good photography day. Sunrise was spectacular and I went to see if there was any bear action and came upon a huge “bear jam”. I parked and walked up to the crowd, which was maybe 150 or so people, and settled in to see if I could get any decent images. Blondie, #793, started walking slowly in our direction and the Ranger moved us back or gave us the option of crossing the road, which is what I did. As Blondie and the kids started feeding, and the cubs even played a while, they moved closer and when the Rangers felt it was necessary moved people back more and more. I feel for the Rangers, of which there were no fewer than 5, because they have to be the bad guys who keep everyone safe. There was a Ranger with our group of about 25 or so, that was great answering questions while we photographed an watched. Finally the bears moved fairly close and the Ranger said it was time to move. As I picked up my tripod and camera I realized I had gotten some good images and felt I would lessen the crowd by one and call it a day. I felt compelled to walk over the Ranger and actually thank him for what he does and he responded “it isn’t easy always keeping people safe from themselves” and gave a little chuckle. Folks, give the Rangers a break, they want you to enjoy the parks and the animals, they are just trying to keep you alive to share your stories.
 
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 SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Blondie and her Cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by lilybug1960

Blondie and her cubs.
 
Another quick post tonight. I had a great day of photography and will share lots of images in the next days and weeks. One huge treat for me was to photography Bear #793, or Blondie, as she is known. I saw a crowd parked on the side of the road and decided to stop. They said Blondie had just gone into the woods with her cubs. A couple minutes later she re-emerged and I was able to grab a few images over the next few minutes. What beautiful animals. A great day when you get lots of scenic images and a bunch of some bears!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

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

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