I took a stroll up and down the Great River Walk (Dubuque) last week and made a few images of wildlife that I enjoy photographing. I have four images today.
This Great Egret was actually at the 16th Street Basin. Although the city has made an effort to clean the debris from the area it remains inundated with all sorts of garbage. I cannot believe the insensitivity of some with regards to this wonderful place.
You know, if you’ve followed my photography for very long, that I cannot pass up a chance at photographing a Blue Heron. The River Walk is high enough and just far enough to allow a great shot with a long lens without stressing the bird too much.
At one end of the River Walk is the barge staging area where they put together barges and load them up. I had to capture these gulls taking advantage of this temporary resting place.
On my way back I found this guy resting. So like the one before I had to take the shot.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration.
After church I drove down to the river to see if there was anything going on. It is said that one definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I’ll explain…
I have three images for today. One of my favorite places to photograph wildlife in the area has been the 16th Street Basin for a variety of reasons. It has offered an abundance of geese, ducks, herons, egrets, eagles, and various other species including pelicans. I could always count on finding something to photograph at the Basin, no matter what time of year it was.
The Basin was close, only a few miles from home, so it was easy to get to no matter what the weather was doing. There was a lot of distraction (buildings and power lines) to inhibit photographing wildlife in flight but it could be done.
It had a lot of fish in it so it attracted lots of fish-eating birds. Two years ago they chopped down all the trees around the Basin. Trees that provided cover and a resting area for the wildlife. They put in a large solar farm adjacent to the basin, hence the removal of threes. 😦
I keep going back to the basin in hopes of finding something to photograph thus the definition of insanity, because for the last two years there has been nothing to photograph.
Imagine my surprise when I went to my favorite spot of years gone by and found a half-dozen Blue Herons resting. I was excited to say the least. However a sad things is there is no one is taking care of the Basin any more and so I spent a lot of time on each of the photos I’m showing today cloning out all the junk and debris that have built around the banks of the Basin, with Photoshop. 😦
There were some geese and this pair of Mallards swimming near the herons. I couldn’t pass them up.
That’s it for today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. I decided yesterday morning that I would go to the Green Island Wildlife Preserve and see what I could find. I was disappointed to learn that the main area of the preserve was closed because of duck and goose hunting season. So even though I only wanted to hunt with a camera I could not enter.
So I traveled some of the side roads that were still open. Pickings were pretty slim but I wanted to try out the Nikon D500 with a 600 mm lens. I have not tried it with a long lens and I was very happy with the results. The Nikon D500 is a DX (cropped) sensor, which gives a 1.5 times magnification to any lens. So instead of shooting a 600 mm lens what I was actually shooting was a 900 mm lens. I was thrilled with the results.
I also took the Nikon D4 with me and the difference in that 300 mm of additional length was dramatic. None of the images I am showing today have been cropped. You can click on them to make them larger to reveal more detail.
By far the most prevalent wildlife I saw yesterday were Coots. They were everywhere so getting the right shot wasn’t really a problem.
I was actually on my way out of GI when I noticed some movement in the brush along the left side of the road. I stopped and backed up until I saw this Blue Heron. He was fishing in the canal that runs the length of the road. Trying to get a shot of him in all that brush proved to be a real challenge. I have several images of blurry blobs to testify to that.
So what I did was change my focus setting to single point and focused only on the eye. He wasn’t moving so after several tries this is what I came away with. I’m happy with it.
The ubiquitous turtle. It was a nice sunny day and the temperatures were mild for November so I found this guy sitting on a downed tree trunk. I had taken the long lens off the D500 and put it back on the D4 but I was so close to the turtle it didn’t make any difference.
That’s it for today.
It’s election day in US and finally the end of a very long, weird, and divisive election. I pray for our country no matter who wins. Jeanne and I voted a couple of weeks ago. I hope you will exercise your responsibility and vote as well.
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Only one image today for you. I know it’s another Blue Heron. I have photographed hundreds of Blue Herons over the years and posted at least fifty of them on my blog, but you know what? When I see one I can’t resist stopping the car, walking 1/4 of a mile just to photograph one more. In other words, I never get tired of photographing wildlife and just as enjoyable is watching them. 🙂
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I have Blue Herons for you today. These images were shot towards the end of the day when the light was soft and a pretty orange. Unfortunately the Herons like to sit at the West side of the 16th Street Basin where all the trees are so the light is really subdued. Makes for difficult shooting conditions, but I was pretty happy with the images I got.
I enjoy watching and photographing Herons. I like to watch them stalk along the shore line and all of a sudden faster than the eye can follow their entire head will shoot underwater and usually come up with a fish, which is then normally devoured in one gulp. 🙂
These guys were really in the dark and I had to use ISO 10,000 to get a usable image of them. I like the fact that their mouths are open and although I couldn’t hear them I suspect they were communicating with each other. Probably saying they wished I would leave them alone.
Busy day today with a long list of to-dos so I’m not sure I’ll get any photography in. I have a photo shoot for my company this week and get to take bunch of head shots, which is one of my favorite things to do.
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On my way home last night I always drive by the “Duck Pond.” The two trumpeter swans were there but they also had a visitor in this blue heron. Usually the swans are not very sociable and when anyone gets near their territory they become quite combative. Not so last night as they didn’t seem to mine the heron one bit.
I can never resist photographing a swan swimming in the pond. So as I was getting ready to head out one of the swans decided to swim for a bit.
Finally this image for my friend Becky. I watched these guys last night for several minutes. They were being bombarded constantly by flies. Their symbiotic relationship works pretty well as their tail keeps the flies at bay for the other horse. 🙂
Notice the position of the horse in the foreground is mirrored perfectly by the horse in the background. They have it figured out pretty good.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and weekend. Be careful.
One of my favorite things to do is taking place today. We have Culture training at Camp Courageous. We do this twice a year and use Camp Courageous as a retreat. Charlie Becker and his wonderful staff are just super to work with and they go out of their way to help us have a successful meeting.
I always enjoy doing training and particularly this type of training. I get to work with some very talented folks and it is just a real treat.
On the way home last night I went by the Duck Pond as I always do and to my great surprise there were five Blue Herons in the Duck Pond stalking food. I drove past the pond, pulled off the side of the road to get my camera set up for the shoot and then did another drive by.
To my delight none of them took off so I was able to get a few good shots. The problem is the sun is always shinning directly against me on the way home so I really have trouble exposing for the mid-tones and shadows.
Additionally I do not normally carry my 600 mm lens so all I had was the 80 – 400 mm lens, which is a little short for the opportunity I had.
All things considered I was happy to watch the Herons stalk their prey for a few minutes. The light was difficult and they were a little farther away then I would have preferred but you take what you can get and move on. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.