I was sitting at the breakfast bar yesterday morning noticing that occasionally small birds were coming to the bird bath for a drink. As you can see the water quickly evaporates and leaves a freeze ring around the top. So I set up my tripod, camera, and 600 mm lens. Cleaned the glass inside and out and waited. I waited and waited for another bird to come for a drink. Forty five minutes later this little guy showed up. 🙂
This gull is from my LeClaire shoot. The eagle action was not all that great but lots of gulls fishing. They make for good practice between the eagles. They are obviously much smaller, faster, and much harder to track and lock on the auto focus. I had lots of white blurry blobs to show for my efforts but a few good ones as well.
But the eagles are what we all come for. They are such a magnificent creature and I love to watch and photograph them. I would have enjoyed a bright blue sky with sunshine on his feathers but had to take what I could get. I have to pick up my laptop this Friday so hopefully the weather will cooperate a little more then.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day, stay warm and be careful.
Happy Tuesday! ~ 283
Busy week ahead with employee benefit meetings scheduled for two days and then getting caught up from being gone for those two days.
Talk about unintended consequences. This is an image of one. This little guy apparently lives in the neighborhood and almost ever evening and early morning he comes to the bottom of the feeders and has a snack of the spilled birdseed on the ground. It’s fun to watch him. I was taking some images for my bird feeder project when I noticed him coming from my neighbor’s yard. He approached very slowly stopping every few feet to listen and then he would hop a few more feet until he reached his goal. He would eat some seed and then perk his head and move his ears all around listening for any sound of danger. Fun to watch.
This is the image I used for yesterday’s project. Just a lowly sparrow but I like how he is looking down at the water and that he has some water on his beak. I’m sure some of you are getting tired of all the birds (my daughter for one) but bare with me I promise I’ll shoot other things as well. It’s just a lot of enjoyment now watching the birds and the excitement of an occasional finch or cardinal. Precious few cardinals for sure, I’ve seen one since I installed the bird feeders and he only stopped long enough to look over the layout and then he moved on. 😦
Finally I’ll leave you with an image of this little finch. They are a pretty bird and with the bright yellow coloration, they are easy to spot when they are in the neighborhood.
Yesterday after work I met a lady, who provides day care for a little Mexican boy, at one of the parks in Maquoketa to shoot some images of him. His Mother works at the Mexican Restaurant in town and in conversation one day several months ago I mentioned that I had seen her walking on the sidewalk with this little boy and wondered if he was her Son.
After confirming he was I learned that she didn’t have any images of him other than the ones she had taken with her phone. I told her that I would take some images of him when the weather got warmer and yesterday evening was that sometime. He is a cute little guy but very shy. Only 2 and a half years old. The day care lady did her best to get him to smile and of the 175 images I took, he smiled in two of them. 🙂
Anyway it was fun to do that and I’ll give her a couple of nice prints of him. I guess you’d call that a win-win. The joy for me of taking pictures and the joy for her to finally have a nice picture of her son.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful. Cloudy most of the day today so sunscreen is optional. 🙂
Happy Hump Day ~ 289
Okay I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m not very good at identifying birds. So this morning I spent the better part of a half hour looking through bird pictures on this nifty iPad App I purchased and do you think I could find two of the birds I captured yesterday? No! I’m not even sure that the one bird I did identify is correct. That is why I enjoy my friends who are good at identifying birds are willing to help me out.
I think this guy above is a White Throated Sparrow. I’m betting I’m wrong but that is what it looked like it was on the App. Help me out.
I have no clue what this little guy is. He was pretty willing to have his picture taken.
My friend Jake has the office right next to mine and he has told me on a couple of occasions, that when I go out shooting he would like to ride along. I figured he was just being nice so I never really brought it up. Today as it happened he asked me what I was doing for lunch and I said I was going to look for images. He asked if he could ride along and of course I said yes. I was thrilled that he wanted to join me. It’s what I love to do on my lunch hour when I don’t have any lunch meetings and it was really fun to have his company.
So we drove past the Duck Pond and there was nothing going on. The swans were on the other side of the road too far away to get any glass on so we went down to the Hurstville Dam but there wasn’t much going on there either. Finally we ended up at a wildlife reserve by the Maquoketa River. That is where we saw the guy above and the bird in the first image.
Jake actually caught sight of a bluish bird but by the time I could get stopped and backed up it was gone. 😦
I captured this image by the bird feeder last nigh. I’m thinking it is a member of the Sparrow family but that’s as close as I can get. I like his coloration. I’m doing a 30 day (to start) bird feeder project, which means that I have to shoot what ever I find on the bird feeder each day. You can go to my main website www.upde.net click on the photography link and then click on the navigation button called birds. I only have three there because I just started June first.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your mid-week hump day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Monday. On Sunday Jeanne and I went down to the River Walk and took a stroll on the walkway. I cannot ever remember seeing more junk and debris in the water than we did yesterday. Tree limbs everywhere, and huge chunks of floating land going down the river. If I had a boat I would not want to take it out on the river under these kind of conditions.
We didn’t see this little guy at the river. On the way I stopped to wash my car and when we pulled out of the stall he was sitting right next to my window on one of the steel posts. I shot a couple of shots through the window glass just to make sure I got an image of him and then rolled down the window. He was quite content to let me shoot away. It looks like he has some type of seed in his bill.
First we went to the lock and dam to see what was going on. There were still some pelicans swimming around in small groups but nothing like last weekend. The river is so high and the water is so dirty it is hard to make a pleasing shot of any wildlife in that muddy water. So we went to the River Walk and the first thing I saw was this guy down by all the junk by the shore. I believe he is a Brewer’s Blackbird. Pretty common around our area but I like their piercing eyes.
I’ve tried to capture a decent image of a Blue Heron all this year and just haven’t had any luck. They seem to be way more skittish this year then they have been in the past. I drove very slowly and took what seemed like a very stealthy approach but as soon as I stuck the lens out the window he took off.
I was able to get this shot because I parked behind a building and then just peeked around the corner. He didn’t see me until I had fired off several frames. It was like he said, alright you got me, take all the pictures you want because he never moved the entire time I was taking images. 🙂
I have rarely gone to the River Walk without coming back with some fun images. Yesterday was no exception. I shot over 200 images so I have a few things to show you as the week unfolds.
All images were shot with: Nikon D4 | Nikon AF-S 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR lens | ISO 400 1/1250 sec @f5.6
I had two different individuals ask me to shoot family images for them for hire. 🙂 Also one wedding, which I’m still thinking about. Fun stuff for sure. Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.