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Don’t cut those dead flowers!

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

Don’t cut down those dead flowers!
 
One of the reasons the birds have visited very frequently this year has been the more natural approach to the garden areas. We compost all our leaves and plants, then use them for fertilizer in the gardens. We let the flowers we have planted dry up and go to seed where they stand. With the sunflowers, I wait until the birds have picked the seeds from the head, then cut the heads and place them on the ground for chipmunks and ground birds. This also attracts insects to the stalks, which is attracting the Warblers. After they all migrate, I will cut the plants and let them compost in the garden, then in spring till the soil and plant flowers again. This tip and others are going to be in my upcoming presentations to the Roswell Photographic Society (Sept 5) and the Alpharetta Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (Sept 20). I have definitely decided the title will now be “Bird Nirdvana” – making your life more enjoyable, one bird at a time…yep, I’m a nerd. Come see this and many more images of the Worm-eating Warbler and his allies at the presentation.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Vibration Compensation mode 1 active, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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Big Breakfast!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2017 by lilybug1960

Big Breakfast!
 
I was picking up the camera yesterday morning when all of a sudden the Worm-eating Warbler appeared, and in great light! I quickly turned the camera back on, framed the image, and the Warbler grabbed an insect from the base of a leaf. It then turned its head to the side as if he was posing with his catch. I have learned a lot as to landscaping my yard to be more friendly to the birds and will carry these lessons over to next year as well. Lots of flowers and bushes that attract insects also attract the birds!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/200th 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

What a Year for Warblers!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by lilybug1960

What a year for Warblers!
 
This has been an exceptional year around my house for Warblers and photographing them. I’m not sure why, but I have some theories. First, we changed our garden design slightly here this year. We let the sunflowers grow in the main vegetable garden and the birds have reacted very positively about the food source. In addition we have let some flowering bushes grow and bloom which has attracted other insects, which attracts the birds. The weather has played into it a little as well, but I’m not sure how much the mild winter effected it. Lastly the large number of webworms in the trees last year resulted in a high number of moths, which is a food source for the Warblers. For that reason I am letting my webworm’s nest to remain in the trees to see how it does next year. I haven’t ever seen a Worm-eating Warbler until this year, but now I have a pair that nested behind the house and I in turn have captured some great images of them. I will have to go through my notes and at some point after the fall migration list out all the warblers I have seen and photographed.
 
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 carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear