I have four images for you today. This first one is more of a landscape image (with a goose in it) than a wildlife image. I actually shot this at about 170 mm because I liked the way it looked in the view finder. I think there are only so many ways you can show a goose but I’ve never presented one in this manner before.
About the only bird I feed at home is the Gold Finch so I can photograph them anytime I want. But they are usually hanging around a metal feeder as we don’t have many trees in our backyard. So when I found this little guy in the “wild” I was excited to photograph him.
I think this is a Red-Winged female blackbird. It is likely I’m wrong but that’s what I’m going with for now. Anyway she was nice enough to sit and pose for me so I couldn’t pass her up.
Finally a butt shot of another Gold Finch. I was hoping to find more migratory birds at Green Island but I didn’t have much luck. It was a worthwhile trip however so no complaints.
I only have a few more images from Green Island so hang in there. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Saturday I traveled to Green Island Wildlife Reserve to meet my friend Andreas Exner. I had not been to Green Island for many months so I was anxious to see what had changed since the last time I was there. I also was hoping for some migrating wildlife to photograph. After visiting with Andreas for a while he said he didn’t expect there to be any migrating wildlife this day and he was correct.
The little guy above was in our back yard carrying grass with his brother to their nest. I captured this image before heading to Green Island. I was lucky to catch him in this “flying” position. 🙂
These are not great eagle shots. The eagles were pretty far away on the ice so I had to crop the images so you could see them better. Since I rarely print my images I do not mind cropping from time to time. I know many photographers consider cropping a sin, but I’m all about getting the best image I can and if that means cropping so be it.
I like this series of images because for me capturing the eagle making the catch is the sweet spot. Even though we were pretty far away from the eagles my heart rate always accelerates when I’m anywhere near eagles. 🙂
We didn’t find anything at Green Island so Andreas suggested we drive further south to Sabula. There is a wonderful lake at Sabula and usually this time of year there are lots of eagles on the ice and in the trees. As we traveled across the bridge there were probably 20 -30 eagles sitting on the ice but nowhere to park or no way to get close to them. So we continued to the park area where there was a better photo opportunity albeit fewer eagles.
I’ll leave you with this image of some ring-billed gulls enjoying the sun, sleeping and grooming. It was a nice day and certainly fun to shoot with Andreas again. We share the same passion for photography.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Interesting day yesterday. Jeanne and I were invited to a wedding. I do not enjoy weddings but this was the wedding of a Friend’s daughter so I attended.
The wedding was held in the small church at Green Island. Readers of this blog will recognize the name Green Island because it is also where the Wildlife Reserve is located.
Jeanne has always wanted to see the inside of that small church and we were both impressed with it. It is a very nice church.
The wedding was at 2:00 p.m. and the reception was scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Bellevue, Iowa. Knowing there was going to be some time between the two events, I took My camera with me. All images were shot with: Nikon D4 | Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens | Auto ISO (360 – 500) shutter 1/1250 @ f8.0.
The last two times I have been to Green Island I have been disappointed with the lack of wildlife. Yesterday proved to be a real bonus day. I have never seen so many Great Egrets in one place. At times there were 10 or more within the range of my lens. There were other critters there as well but in that short hour we were there, I shot 1,387 images.
On full burst mode (11 fps) and a huge buffer I can rip off 50 – 60 shots in nothing flat. I culled those 1,387 images down to 169. No there were not that many of them that were bad. I Just had a lot (I mean a lot) of duplication. 🙂
It was one of the most enjoyable times in recent memory I’ve had at Green Island. There were so many opportunities to capture wildlife. We only made it down one canal. I can’t imagine what we might have found had we covered the entire reserve.
For his effort at fishing he ended up with this small minnow, which he enjoyed on the shore.
That’s it for today. If you like images of Great Egrets check back tomorrow. If you don’t, well check back tomorrow anyway because you never know what I may have for you. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
I know I said yesterday that I have eagle images and I do, way more than I can show because you would get tired of seeing them before I ran out. It was a banner day at Sabula. I also enjoy photographing Ring-Billed Gulls. There are lots of them at Green Island and Sabula. Actually they are everywhere around our area but I never get tired of photographing them as frequent readers of this blog know.
The first two images were made at Green Island. There were several gulls there but not nearly as many as there were at Sabula. I don’t ever remember seeing as many gulls in one place since I’ve been photographing them.
This guy wrestled with this minnow for sometime before finally abandoning it. Of course as soon as he dropped it another gull was there to repeat the entire process and this went on for as long as we were there to watch.
All images were shot with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens, which is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. One of the photography blogs I follow is written by Photographer Leanne Cole from Melbourne Australia. She does amazing work and I enjoy reading about her photography. She is also a teacher of fine art. Anyway she recently tried out the Tamron 150 – 600 lens by taking it to the zoo and photographing the animals.
I thought what a great way to try out a lens and put it through its paces before making a decision to purchase. I’ll have to remember that the next time. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your day. Drink responsibly and be careful please.