I have three images for today. I was on my way back to my office after visiting one of our banks, when I passed this small marsh and saw a Great White Egret. He was a little farther away than I like, as I only had my 400 mm lens. I took this image and was prepared to move on but then he dove his head into the water and came up with something of some size.
He had caught a pretty good-sized fish, relatively speaking. I watched him for about 10 minutes and took a hundred shots but he never did get the fish down so this image is Representative of the other hundred. 🙂
While I was photographing the Egret this Canadian Goose was quite vocal making it clear that I was infringing on his territory. So I obliged him by leaving but not before capturing his image.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for today. Yesterday was a miserable day weather wise. Constant rain, temperature only about 42 degrees and windy. Not a good day for photography. I had an appointment to get my hair cut yesterday morning and then an hour to kill before meeting my good friend Mike for lunch at Mario’s Italian Restaurant. One of my favorite places to eat in Dubuque.
Even though the weather was unfavorable for photography I decided to drive down to the river to see what was going on. As luck would have it there were two large barges parked one in front of the other waiting their turn to lock through the dam. I have never seen that before and decided on my return trip I would capture some images. I drove on to the lock and as I pulled into the parking lot there was a turkey vulture sitting on the asphalt. I have never been that close to one of them before. Now the camera is in the back seat still in the bag, it’s raining hard, and the vulture is giving me a close look.
Sure enough when I stopped the car he started unfolding his wings and as soon as I opened my door to get the camera he flew a few feet away to a large rock. Not too bad, still well within range of my big lens. Just got the camera out and a train came though. The tracks run between the bluff and the parking lot, so away he flew and I couldn’t find him after that. 😦
This lonely pelican was floating near the lock so I thought I would capture him since I already had my long lens on the camera. Back in the car, I dried off the equipment and then headed out to see if anything was going on at McDonald park. Of course I had forgotten about the two barges sitting there. It was raining harder and I’ll admit I didn’t want to get out and change lenses in the rain. So I just continued on my way to the park.
The only thing I found of interest at the park were some Common Grackles feeding on some berries. They looked miserable in the cold rain but at least I was able to photograph them from the dryness of the car. 🙂
Do you get the idea that I’m somewhat of a fair weather photographer? I don’t mind getting wet but I don’t like getting my gear wet and of course I forgot to pack my rain pouch for the camera.
Anyway it was time to meet my friend for lunch. We had a great lunch with wonderful conversation and a few self-deprecating jabs. Then home for a nap. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Now this is something you don’t see every day. A pelican sitting on a tree stump. I was driving past the “Duck Pond” on my home last evening when I saw this guy sitting on top of a dead tree stump. It was getting late, misting, and gray but I had to stop for the photo. I shot this at ISO 3200, which is higher than I normally like to go but to get the shutter speed (thus sharpness) I wanted I was forced to go that high.
I appreciate the geese swimming by in the foreground. 🙂
Enjoy your day.
Only one image today. I was out looking for the new baby owl that my friend Andreas has been photographing. Couldn’t find him and as we were sitting by the canal this red-winged black bird landed and was really squawking at us. So I took his picture. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!
I have three images for you today of common critters we see on a regular basis. Then why show them? Cause I got nothing else. 🙂
I spent the better part of the day yesterday in the yard. Looks better but there was so much more I could have and should have done, but I was tired of it.
Enjoy this day of celebration, as for Christians, it is the promise of salvation and life everlasting.
I have three images for you today that are leftovers from earlier shoots. The one above was taken April 3rd and I think it is a Gold Finch although it looks a little different than the finches that stop by our feeders. I’m not very good at identifying birds, I like to photograph them but not big on doing the research of what they are. 🙂
This Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on a pole when I drove past him. I stopped up the road and got the camera set up, did a U-turn and came back slowly. I was surprised and delighted that he posed for me (tolerated me) for several shots before becoming annoyed and flying off.
This is not a very good image. But it is the first image I have ever made of a young owlet. My friend Andreas has followed this mother owl for several years and has gotten many great shots of her and her offspring. It was a very windy day when Jeanne and I stopped by the park and I only had my 300 mm lens so this image is heavily cropped and pretty grainy. However you can tell it is a young owlet. 🙂
Yard work for me the rest of the day.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and I hope you have a happy Easter.
I have three images for you today that I captured last evening on the way home. On the way to work yesterday, as I came by the “Duck Pond” I saw a large clump of white birds sitting on one of the islands. At first I thought they were swans but as I got closer I could see that it was a large gathering of Pelicans. They covered most of the small island. For once I wasn’t late but if I had stopped and set up for the shot I would have been so I just kept going.
The thing that bothered me was that there had been three separate pairs of geese nesting on the island. I knew that their nests were probably destroyed and that their young were never hatch. The six geese were swimming around the island “honking” but there was little they could do against superior numbers and larger birds.
I had been in Des Moines for training on Tuesday and Wednesday so by the time I got caught up on my work it was much later and I couldn’t really tell what damage had been done to the nests. This lone pelican was all that was left of the group. There were no geese on the island.
I saw this wonderful sunset on the way home last night. It would have been nice to have a large body of water in the foreground or something spectacular. Unfortunately that was not to be so I just photographed the big red ball. 🙂
I couldn’t get the same angle on this goose to line up with the reflection of the setting sun like on the pelican. I just enjoy photographing geese no matter.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.