Happy Wednesday and a belated Happy New Year!
I always make the effort to photograph something on the first day of ever new year. Just a self-imposed task that I have done for years.
The weather and light conditions were not conducive to photography but it felt great to be out with a camera.
Found this Red-bellied Woodpecker at the John Deere Preserve yesterday. I went to the river but couldn’t find anything not even any ice fisherman.
There were also two pair of Trumpeter Swans also swimming with a large flock of Canada Geese.
The woodpecker was active and hard to get a lens on but I caught him sitting on this nest for a few minutes.
Finally a pair of ducks swimming in a fishing pond near the Heritage Trail. The Mallard and the white one is an American Pekin.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I decided that I had to get out of the house and find something to photograph. So I came back with three images for today. We went down to the river looking for eagles and only found one sitting high in the tree. Got lots of eagle pictures sitting in a tree. 🙂
So went by Bee Branch and found hundreds if not thousands of geese. It was like an airport with arrivals and departures happening simultaneously. I was lucky enough to capture this pair as they took off into the warm soft light of the setting sun.
I had the Nikon 200-500mm lens so I couldn’t get the full area of all the birds but this will give you an idea of the number of geese in the water and a few ducks participated as well.
Watched this little Mallard trying to catch a fish. 🙂
Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my career. I have stepped down as the head of the HR department and reduced my work schedule to two days a week. We’ll see how that works for both me and the organization. If I can continue to provide value, then I would enjoy continuing on some schedule similar to this. Time will tell.
Thanks for stopping by the blog.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
It seems like it’s been forever since I last posted on this blog. Actually it’s only been 3 days. 🙂
My photo cupboard is still lean but Jeanne reminded me that I have thousands of images residing on my storage drives so giving that some thought I’m showing you some images (never seen) from two and three years ago. Not for any particular reason other than I started back in 2012 around January and February and only concentrated on those two months.
Looking back on my history it seems that February is actually my best month to capture eagle images. I have a few in the month of January but the bulk of my eagle shots have been in the month of February.
Yesterday I had a quick-lunch and then went out looking for something to shoot. I only had about 20 minutes as lunch took longer than anticipated. Nothing caught my interest so I came back with an empty card. Like going fishing and having nothing on your stringer.
Last year during much of January I was flying my drone. Making modifications and tinkering with the wiring and camera mount. That took up a lot of my time and I posted many shots of our neighborhood with snow on the ground. 🙂
Of course this year the drone is grounded. I crashed it last year doing a project for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation project and even though I’ve made many repairs and replaced a lot of the electronics it still is not really air worthy.
So I’m going to have to start thinking from a different perspective and look for opportunities where I have not looked before. We’ll see how that works out.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday / Memorial Day! ~ 298
A late post this morning as I have been working on one of the Phantoms. Ugh, they are becoming more work to keep in the air then actual time spent flying. Of course most of it is my ineptitude. I put a range extender antenna on the controllers for both Phantoms. One works superbly well and the Vision 2 looses signal at 206 feet. That’s not good. I tried a couple of different antennas on it this morning but none helped.
After some observation and tinkering I believe the problem is a loose connection. So as a last resort. I have affixed the connector to the flight controller with silicone for stability and when it dries I’ll give it another test. Doesn’t do much good for a Phantom to only be able to go 200 feet high or 200 feet away.
Yesterday evening as is our custom Jeanne and I went down to the 16th basin. Lots of water in the basin now but not many birds. We did see this Heron. I know I have about a hundred images of this same pose but I was also trying out the 600 mm lens. I think I’m going to like it. It needs lots of light a bit more than the 500 mm lens. I also captured this duck at the basin. I just liked the looks of him sitting on his little island of rocks. 🙂
Next we went down to the River Walk. It had been sometime since we were last there. There is always interesting things to see and photograph at the River Walk. Lots of diversity on the walk and it’s good to see so many cultures in Dubuque.
We also saw a guy flying his Phantom. He had the new Vision 2 plus. He was standing on the railroad tracks flying it up and over the railroad bridge. We stopped at the little brewery and had some fruity tasting wine and a bag of popcorn. We wanted the popcorn so we bought the wine to have the popcorn. 🙂
Finally I’ll leave you with the image of this little guy. I love how piercing his eyes are and in this scene I just love all the colorization of the bird.
Going to the Memorial Day Parade today downtown. Always a fun thing to do. Enjoy this day and thank you as always for checking out the blog. Be careful.
Happy Thursday ~ 344
I have a short post for you today. I almost had a “I got nothing” post but as I was looking through my images from last weekend I saw this guy. I don’t believe I have ever seen a duck in this position. So if I haven’t seen one like that maybe it’s worth sharing. 🙂
Events over the last two days have left me in a philosophical mood. Fortunately for both of us I do not have the time to expound on them.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Thanks for checking out the blog and be careful.