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Tennessee Warbler and Updates

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Tennessee Warbler and Updates
 
With Irma now long gone, there are Warblers showing up. We have some in decent numbers, the Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Hooded and Worm-eating Warblers. In the past few days I have had a few new ones come through. Two days ago was a Common Yellowthroat, and yesterday was a Golden-winged Warbler. I managed a couple pics of each but not what I consider my “calendar” quality images. This brings the total of Warblers in the backyard this year to 22! I know if I wandered down into the woods I would probably see more, but it is hard to carry my coffee and shoot too!
 
This week I was in contact with the organizers/coordinators for a couple of events I will be a keynote speaker at one and a field workshop leader at another. In the beginning of May I will be leading some workshops at The Biggest Week of Birding near Toledo, OH and the end of May will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Nature Celebration for NANPA in Jackson Hole, WY. I will also do some morning shoots with attendees as well. I will update the information as I get it and I hope you can make one of the events.
 
The information on today’s Tennessee Warbler, Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsPhotography
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Magnolia Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

Magnolia Warbler.
 
I believe this is the last of the Warblers that I have not posted from the backyard so far this year (except the Wilson’s Warbler which I don’t have a great shot of yet). Evelyn is funny when describing Warblers, “another yellow bird”, which isn’t too far from the truth but there are a few that aren’t, she just calls them the ones that should be yellow. The Magnolia Warblers have been here about a week or so, but I am sure as with the others will be moving south very soon. I am curious to see how many come through during and after we feel the effects of Irma as she heads our way. As the birds have moved south many will ride out the storm, some will try and fly through it. Some storms can be devastating on the numbers of migratory birds. We will continue to keep the birds, as well as the people, that will be in the storm’s path in our thoughts. The birds will move through quickly afterwards with another storm not too far behind Irma.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Another Nemesis…captured!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Another Nemesis…captured.
 
I posted a couple weeks ago about one of my nemesis, the Cerulean Warbler, was finally captured on digital film. I mentioned other nemesis that have taunted and haunted me for years. Another one of them was the male Hooded Warbler. I have captured them on my fence and in less than ideal light. Yesterday, that nemesis is taunting me no more, he is now another file on my hard drive! I was shooting on the back porch with a friend when he said he spotted a male Hooded Warbler coming in from the right. It landed on the fence and then hopped up onto the crepe myrtle. There he posed for about 30 seconds or so allowing me to capture some images of one of the most beautiful Warblers I have ever seen. Tomorrow, I will post another beautiful bird’s photo that we captured as well. This has truly been a great year in Bear Woods for Warblers. Now if I could just get that Ivory-billed Woodpecker or the Sasquatch that lives in the woods…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2000, 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, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by lilybug1960

Chestnut-sided Warbler.
 
Another one of the summer migrants that has been hanging out with me for several days is a really neat little Chestnut-sided Warbler. He spends most of his time exploring the Crepe Myrtle bushes but wandered closer into the sunflowers the other day to pose. I have said it previously but it is worth repeating, I am really mixed about the fall migration this year because I am seeing so many varieties of Warblers, and I know I will see more, but I really am going to hate to see them go…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, 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, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Cerulean Warbler, a Crown Jewel.
 
As a bird nerd, I have a list of birds that are “Crown Jewels” on my list to hear, observe and if I am lucky, photograph. The first time I heard and saw a Cerulean Warbler was probably 15 years ago while birding on my road. I saw them a few times in the next couple years, but at least 10 years went by since my last encounter. When I heard one 2 days ago, I was very pleased, when it landed in my backyard, I hoped it would stay long enough for an image. I got a few images while it sat on the fence the other day, but yesterday it landed in the Crepe Myrtle bush and almost posed for me. They are incredibly beautiful birds as adults, but this juvenile male is every bit as nice with his green and blues. I had a great Warbler day in the backyard yesterday and will share a few more images in the next few days. I know, I am a total bird nerd. The fall migration of Warblers may be starting and I hope to capture some nice birds over the next few weeks and month or so. For now I can say I have placed another jewel in the Crown.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“Got Bugs?”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by lilybug1960

“Got Bugs?”
 
I spent some time at the American Redstart nest yesterday morning after the rain stopped. Lighting under a canopy of trees on a cloudy day can be a challenge, but it can also offer nice lower contrast light. In order to maintain a decent shutter speed over 1/250th of a second for stopping action and to get a little more depth of field with f8, most of the time my ISO was over 2500. Thank goodness the Nikon D-500 handles low light so well. I set up my tripod and gimbal with a nice view of the nest and would just wait for the adults to come into feed the babies. Mom comes in, feeds and leaves quickly most of the time. Dad will feed and hang out for a few additional seconds usually. I waited to capture this image where a baby was looking up at Dad as he perched over the nest. To me he is hoping Dad has an extra moth that he forgot about. I haven’t spent much time studying American Redstarts before, but am fascinated by them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 4500, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The American Redstart

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2017 by lilybug1960

The American Redstart.
 
Another beautiful, and harmonious, visitor we get up here in the summer is the American Redstart. It is a Warbler and will leave this fall. I was at the mailbox when I heard its song in the tree behind me. I looked and there it was! I quickly went and got my camera and spent the next 30 minutes waiting and chasing the singer of songs.
 
I am off this morning to try something new, a hot air balloon race. Not riding but photographing it. It launches from Helen, GA and ends when the first one reaches the coast, no particular part of the coast, anywhere between Maine and Miami. Should be fun!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear