I decided to sit out on the patio last evening after dinner. The temperature was moderate and a light breeze made being outdoors and watching nature far more appealing than watching TV.
I have scaled back on my bird feeding during the summer for several reasons. However I do keep fresh water in the bird bath and the birds love it. Usually if I’m sitting on the patio they won’t come to the bird bath so last night I sat close to the house behind some other chairs with my long lens and had a ball capturing bird images.
I have not seen the Cardinal around for sometime. I saw him last night for the first time up by the trees. I was just about to call it a night when he showed up at the bird bath. I have never seen him at the bird bath let alone photograph him there. It was a real treat for me.
I always enjoy photographing a Cardinal and my friend Ron enjoys them a lot so I have a couple of images for you today Ron.
The only feeder I still have out is the thistle feeder for the Gold Finches. They are such a pretty bird and I really enjoy watching them.
The bird bath has become a busy place this summer. It is used by all sorts of birds and there is usually a waiting line to use it. A lot of birds just use it for a drink but the last few hot days there were lot of birds getting cooled off by taking a full bath in it. 🙂
So it was an enjoyable evening doing two of the things I really enjoy. Watching nature and taking photographs. I shot 474 images and culled those down to 67 keepers. There were actually more keepers but they were all of the same thing. I used the Nikon D4 (which will rip off 57 shots in nothing flat) fitted with the Sigma 150 – 600 mm lens at ISO 400 1/640 sec @ f6.5.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the bird images. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Friday Thursday! ~ 260
Actually it is a Friday for me as I’m off today to play golf with some great friends. We are supposed to play at Thunderhills Country Club around 8:00 a.m. today so even though my golf game is practically nonexistent I’m really looking forward to playing with my friends. Hopefully my poor play won’t take too much luster off the day. 🙂
Jeanne is visiting her Mother in Ames these next few days so I’m holding down the bird sanctuary by myself. I don’t like when she’s gone, it feels so empty. But I also understand that she needs to spend time with her Mother and take care of her needs as well. So she’ll be home tomorrow sometime and we’ll have the weekend together. 🙂
It was really gray and dark yesterday evening even though it was only 6:30 p.m. when I went out to take my bird feeder image of the day. So I decided to use a softbox with a speed light and a Pocket Wizard TTL radio transmitter. It produced a nice soft light to help fill in the shadows. Otherwise I would have to shoot at such a high ISO with the 600 mm lens that the image ends up being a little soft because I have to reduce a fair amount of the noise in it.
I was happy to see Mr. and Ms. Cardinal make their appearance last evening. They seem to be getting more comfortable with the sanctuary. They flew in as I was setting up the softbox and didn’t seem to mind me being there. They hung around long enough for me to make these images.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Thursday and hopefully you have tomorrow off for a nice three-day weekend. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Thursday! ~ 267
I have a few bird images for you today. No exotic birds but some that I haven’t seen very much of lately.
Hectic day at work yesterday filled with lots of disruptions so I didn’t get much of my to-do things done. When I got home I had to do my chores at the sanctuary and there were two feeders that were empty again, which were the two feeders that were attracting the birds I do not particularly want. So I made the decision to remove those feeders from line. Hopefully that will slow down the number of birds I don’t want, coming to the buffet.
I have found that setting on the patio just watching the birds is very peaceful. It helps relieve the stress of the day and I thoroughly enjoy photographing the birds as they do their thing. So I guess you could say it is the best of both worlds for me. Certainly worth the effort in cleaning up after them, restocking the feeders, and filling up the bird bath.
This is my Friday today. I’m taking a mental health day tomorrow and playing some golf with my friends at Lacoma. I had such a good time there a couple of weeks ago with my Son so when a friend asked me if I had any desire to play there again I said yes. I know the forecast has some rain in it but hopefully we’ll get the game in. Then with the extra time off I plan on making needed repairs to the Phantoms and getting them air worthy again. I think I now have all the parts to get them ready to fly. Who knows maybe some video soon. 🙂
So my big surprise last evening were these guys. I was just about ready to call it a night, as I had several good images for my project when I saw, literally two flashes of red. I swung my camera over to the blue feeder and sure enough Mr. and Ms. Cardinal were there at the feeder. I ripped off 35 – 40 images during the short time they were there. He took several passes at the feeder. She turned her
nose beak up at it and acted like she was quite impatient with him for stopping there to eat. It wasn’t long before they were gone. The good news is that he is coming more frequent and although she turned her nose beak up at the offerings, it’s something that she came at all. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thank you as always for stopping by my humble blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Tuesday ~ 353
No April fools jokes here. Just the facts and nothing but. 🙂
I’ll show you some images from Sunday’s photo run. Jeanne and I like to drive through the country and see the sights and as always looking for photo opportunities. Sunday was mostly about Ring-Billed Gulls. I can’t remember seeing more of them around the area as we did on Sunday. There were hundreds of them at the Basin, the river, the little park just off Kerper Blvd., even at Mud Lake Park they were plentiful. So what’s a person to do but capture some images of the little guys.
As I have documented several times, I am not a wiz when it comes to electronics. I did manage to install the video transmitter on the Phantom 2 and get the goggles to work but they didn’t covey any information other than a visual representation of what the camera was seeing. In other words no flight data. So in my research and watching hours of YouTube videos from people who do know what they are doing I purchased an “immersion 600Mw 5.8ghz transmitter and a IOSD mini device that provides telemetry from the internal guidance of the Phantom. It displays data like direction, altitude, distance, speed, battery power left, and angle of attack. All very useful information.
After buying all the parts and waiting for two weeks the last part came in yesterday. After dinner I watched the video again and then set about installing the device to my Phantom. Everything seemed to go well. I even took my laptop to the work table and replayed the video in steps so that I didn’t make any mistakes. Got it all soldered and put together at 10:15 p.m. Turned everything on and I got nothing! Just gray screen on the goggles and that’s it. Not even any static. I fiddled with it for another 15 minutes, then dejected and demoralized I put everything up, cleaned up and went to bed. Whine!!
This low quality image of a Cardinal is for my friend Ronnie. Yesterday he asked me if I could get some images of a Cardinal. I’ve only seen a couple so far this year but as it happened we saw this guy Sunday. He was far away and back-lit but maybe this will do until I can get a better shot.
Well that’s it for today. I’ve got to do some research and check some of the forums on the internet and see if I can figure out what the heck I did wrong. More to come I’m sure.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.