I have four images today. Some of them are from my Green Island visit of last Sunday.
At the end of our patio we have a cement bird bath, which is a real chore to keep clean and filled with fresh water. It it is heavily used by the birds in our neighborhood so I’m happy to do it. I love watching the birds take baths and getting drinks. I captured this robin at the end of his frolicking bath. I wanted to get some images of the water being splashed into the air but for some reason I was having trouble getting focus lock on him. I do like this image however.
A pair of Great Egrets are stalking some food in one of the canals at Green Island. I was happy to see a fairly large group of egrets on this visit. I haven’t seen many of them this year. I think they are such an eloquent bird I enjoy watching them.
It has been a busy week at work with lots of benefit meetings at the various banks. Lots of travel and early mornings so I haven’t had much time to do any photographing. I plan to do some exploring this weekend.
I saw this little guy jumping / flying to the different lily pads and I was finally able to capture this shot of him.
Finally another shot of an egret sitting in a tree. I’m just not used to seeing these big birds sitting in trees. They let me get very close to them and didn’t seem to mind my presence.
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Memorial Day!
The freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy today are the result of sacrifices our Military Men and Women have made. All gave some and some gave all. God Bless The USA!
I have a bunch of birds for you today. These are the last images of my May 20th walk at the wildlife reserve. I’ve been riding my bike the last few days so I haven’t done any new photography. 🙂
You’ve seen some of these birds in recent posts but these are not the same images.
I believe this is a Brown-headed Cow Bird. I haven’t seen many of them this year. A couple of years ago when I had all the feeders set up in the back yard I saw a lot of them.
I never get tired of showing this little guy. It was the first images I have ever made of this species.
A common Robin up close and personal. They are not nearly as skittish as many of the other birds. I have been able to get really close to them, take their image and they sit perfectly still for me.
It looks like a beautiful day weather wise. I may go to the annual Memorial Day parade and make some photographs. Parades are hard to photograph because there is so much background junk.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I haven’t shown any backyard birds for some time so I thought I could get by with showing you a few today. I was sitting on the patio last evening enjoying the weather and an adult beverage and was watching the birds do their thing. I used to feed all the birds but they turned the patio into a mine field and an everyday chore of cleaning up their poop. So now I only feed the Gold Finches. I love their bright color and they don’t seem to come to the patio to use the bathroom. 🙂
I was watching this Robin scoot along the back yard looking for worms and as I watched him with the telephoto lens he would hop a few feet and then turn his head like he is in this image. I don’t study wildlife but it seemed to me that he must be listening for worms making noise assuming they do in fact make noise as they tunnel through the ground.
Kind of a quasi butt shot but I like the background bokeh the lens produced. All shots were taken with the Nikon D4 | Sigma 150 – 600 C version lens | ISO 1200 1/1250 sec @ f6.5
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A quick, short post for you today. Enjoying another night on the patio with magnificent weather and soft glowing sun light. A couple of Robins visited the bird bath in that beautiful light and I couldn’t resist making a couple of images.
I had another visit with the eye surgeon yesterday. Eight months after my surgery the flicker problem remains. It is not quite as prevalent as it has been but still an annoyance. The fix (if possible) is risky and there are no guarantees so I will deal with this and hopefully at some point my brain will ignore it.
I have 20/20 vision in that eye so I am willing to accept the random flickering.
I have signed up for a photography school later in the year. It is a 5 day course held in Tennessee and some of the biggest names in the photography business will be instructing. It is a combination of classroom and field work. I am both excited and apprehensive about the opportunity. It is certainly outside my comfort zone but that is how you grow.
Jeanne is very supportive and that is a major benefit.
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
Getting ready for work yesterday morning I looked out of our bedroom window and saw the soft rays of the morning sun bathing the bird bath with its golden light.
I’ve heard professional photographers say that it doesn’t really matter the subject as long as it is lit correctly. Light reveals, shadows define. So I put that to the test with this image of the bird bath.
On Monday when it was so terribly hot and humid I actually filled the bird bath 5 times during the day. The birds were sometimes 4 deep waiting their turn to cool off or get a drink of water. I love watching the birds “frolicking” in the bird bath.
So last night after dinner I decided to take my long lens out to the patio and sat semi concealed by other lawn chairs. The birds are reluctant to visit the bird bath if I’m sitting outside. I was very lucky to capture this robin taking a bath and “frolicking.” 🙂
Revived and refreshed this robin is ready for the evening. Monday I actually saw a robin and a morning dove sharing the bird bath and splashing water on the little finches waiting their turn.
Many times during the day the birds will swoop in, grab a drink and then gone just as quickly. Now if I could just train them to poop somewhere else. 🙂
Camera Specs: Nikon D4 | Sigma 150 – 600 mm 6.5 | ISO 200 1/160 sec @ f6.5 | Nikon SB900 flash with softbox
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Cooler today but be careful.
Just an ordinary Robin. Nothing special about him, nothing special about the location, the lighting, or the setting. Just an ordinary Robin up close and personal.
I’ve been in Des Moines for part of the week receiving some training. Good classes and even at my age I learned some new things so that’s a good thing.
I took my car in for its 3rd oil change on Tuesday morning. The service manager said there was a software update and that they would take care of it. Fast forward to today and I still do not have my car. First let me say it had nothing to do with the dealership or their service department. They are top-notch.
It had everything to do with a software update that was probably released too soon and it really messed up my car’s computer. General Motors is still trying to figure out how to fix it so I have been without my car for 5 days and it will be at least Monday before it may be fixed. No guarantees. No rant, just an observation.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Saturday. It looks like it’s going to be a day of yard work for me.
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.
Happy Tuesday! ~ 276
Just your common, everyday, run of the mill, ubiquitous Robin. Making an image of one is kind of like making an image of a cow. They are everywhere and we don’t seem to pay much attention to them.
In the early Spring when we’re waiting for signs that Winter is finally over the sighting of that first Robin is an exhilarating feeling. Spring is finally here. After that they become so common place that they blend into obscurity.
So why all the images of Robins? Well as I was working on my bird feeder project I followed the antics of this particular Robin. He is in all the shots today. He was oblivious of me and just did his thing going from the basketball backboard, to the bird bath for a drink, and then finally off to the big tree at the back of the yard. Kind of fun just to watch him do his thing.
Busy day at work yesterday, lots going on and trying to fit it all in during the normal work hours is a challenge. Generally Summer with all the vacations and temporary help is a fairly slow time for me but not so this year. I had lunch with my good friend and then had to go to LeClaire, Iowa. I don’t get there very often but it is a wonderful community.
I was a little early for my appointment and since it was close I drove by the Lock and Dam 14. The last time I was there it was eagle season and the observation area all around the observation area was full of photographers. Yesterday it was (not quite as full) the fishermen who were in charge. Lots of them sitting in chairs and on the rocks with their fishing poles in the water waiting for the elusive bite.
After dinner Jeanne had PEO so I sat on the back patio with my tripod and camera finding an image for the bird feeder project. I am enjoying this project a lot and unlike the 365 project I don’t have to think about what I’m going to shoot each day. I just set up by the bird feeders and shoot away. It’s great fun watching the turf wars and the parents feeding their young. Often times the young ones are as big as the parents. 🙂
Each night I have to chore. Clean out the bird bath (crazy birds poop in their own water.) Then replenish the favorite feeders and then of course hose off the patio closest to the feeders from the birds left overs. It looks like I’m going to have to make another run to the store for more supplies. They are hungry guys.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.