I’ll finish up my Green Island shoot with the last four images today.
It wasn’t my best day at Green Island, but anytime I can come home with some images on my card it is a good day.
I couldn’t get any closer to the Sandhill Cranes then this. My friend Andreas says that this is a normal feeding patter for them. Some will keep watch while the others forage for food.
A little further down the canal I found this lone crane standing on a mound. Don’t know what he was doing but he let me take a bunch of images and never offered to move. 🙂
I was photographing the Northern Shoveler in the foreground when the other guy came in for a landing. He is not in focus but I liked the way he stirred up the water.
Finally I found these guys hanging around perched on a dead tree. They let me get very closed before taking off. I don’t normally like to disturb wildlife if I can keep from it but I had to drive past their tree to get out of the wetlands.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images for today. Jeanne and I drove down to Green Island Nature Preserve yesterday. My Friend Andreas Exner had published in his blog that there were a lot of migrating birds at Green Island including some Sandhill Cranes. I haven’t had much luck at Green Island this year but I thought it was worth the time investment to check it out. We saw several of these Northern Shovelers and they allowed us to get fairly close to them.
So with high expectations we set out Sunday morning and arrived at Green Island around 10:00 a.m. Not the best time of the day for photography but it is what we had to work with because of other commitments. It wasn’t long before we came across the Sandhill Cranes. They were pretty far away and there was a lot of tall grass between us and them so it didn’t make for a good shooting situation. Fortunately two cranes were forging on their own and they were much closer to the road. So after what seemed like hours of slowly creeping up we got close enough to get a good view of them.
I know just another Canadian Goose but he let me get so close I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph him. 🙂
Another image of a Northern Shoveler and what I think is a Blue Winged Teal. I normally don’t identify the birds correctly but have enough folks who are more knowledgeable about wildlife that will give me the correct identification.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I went on two photo excursions this weekend and this is the best image I have for you. 😦
I spent a fair amount of time at Green Island yesterday hoping for some migrating wildlife. Unfortunately I must still be a little early. The weather conditions were not good for photography either. A gray overcast day which made me really boost the ISO on my camera. I like to shoot at 1/1600 shutter speed with the long lens, so it made the ISO sometimes as high as 6400. The Nikon D4S handles that ISO pretty well with minimal noise.
I saw a lot of these Northern Shovelers in various places around the wetlands but never in large groups. Normally they would fly away before I could even get close. I captured this little guy after sitting in the same spot for 25 minutes. He finally swam past me and I was able to make the image.
This little Pied-Billed Grebe is fun to watch. They really scoot around the water and it is hard to get a sharp image of them. I got him the same way I got the Shoveler by sitting in one spot for a long time waiting for them to get use to me. 🙂
Sunday Jeanne and I went on a photo run that turned into more of a Sunday drive than a photo experience. We had strong winds and there just wasn’t any wildlife at any of our normal stops. We did find a couple of Blue Herons at the 16th Street Basin but they were well hidden by the overgrowth and I could not get a good focus on them.
I may have to put the long lens away for awhile and concentrate on subjects other than wildlife.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking out the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
In the brief time (less than an hour) that we were at Green Island Reserve last Saturday we saw and photographed more than just Great Egrets. To be sure I have a lot of images of Great Egrets but we also found this Northern Shoveler swimming around in one of the canals.
Yesterday I had two choices. I could either go to the Memorial Day parade or I could go for a bike ride. The bike ride would give me the needed exercise and the parade would give me the opportunity to take some photographs. Mark decided he was going to skip the parade and head for home so I decided I would attempt both.
I rode my bike to the parade taking a 10 mile route to get there. Unfortunately the parade was much shorter this year than in previous years so I got there as Jeanne and the kids were just packing up to leave. I got to say hi to everyone and visit for a little while. Josh asked me why I had my lights on since it wasn’t dark outside. 🙂
I got in a 30 mile ride but had a close call towards the end of the ride. I came upon a damaged section of the pavement and couldn’t react in time. The bump made my hand slip off the handle bar and I lost my balance for an instant. I believe God was riding with me because somehow I regained control and managed to stay upright. It would have been a nasty wreck at 20 mph.
It was a difficult ride because the wind was blowing around 14 – 20 mph the entire time. So I mostly had a headwind or cross wind, which makes the ride seem like I was always going up hill. 😦
On our way out of Green Island we came across this little fellow. I believe he is a Lesser Yellow Leg. Correct me if I’m wrong. Bird identification is not my strong suite.
We even saw a snake. I felt relatively calm since I was in my car but still I do not like snakes. I have to admit there was a brief instant when I considered running over him but I didn’t even try. I just don’t like snakes.
Wildlife isn’t the only beauty at Green Island. I saw this flower in the middle of a Lillie Pad field and stopped to photograph it. Jeanne wondered what critter I had seen so I showed her the flower. She liked it.
That’s it for today. Back at work today and lots to do. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Be careful.