Tag Archives: Nature

Chickadee Morning Photos

This is another series of the sunlight morning photographs. Here it is a Black Capped Chickadee.

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Chickadee – Click To Enlarge

The bribe is displayed here too. A few different birds will return to the same tree with any food they find. Watching their habits allows us to anticipate where they might land or at least the direction of flight, if food is found in the same general area.

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Chickadee – Click To Enlarge

Everyone is a winner, the birds, the photographers, and even Agway the feed store. Well, especially the feed store.

These images were shot once again testing ‘Spot Metering’ with soft morning sun. The background produced nice Bokeh blurring, but a little dark. The shadow is enhanced by the meter type which in some circumstances might work well.

 

Soft Light House Sparrow

These photographs were taken as the sun first began to shine through the trees.

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House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

This sparrow was one of the first birds to not only stop by, but to stay still long enough for some test shots. I used spot metering here rather than the typical method. Also a medium lens of 300mm.

House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

I have been wanting to pay more attention to metering methods and bird photography. This morning seemed as good a time as any.

I choose the medium size 300mm lens for a specific reason also. I needed a free hand for my coffee.

 

The Eagle Sent Him

I believe this is a White Capped Sparrow. If not I will have a correction posted in the comments fairly quickly.

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White Capped Sparrow – Click To Enlarge
White Capped Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
White Capped Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

I had been playing tag with a juvenile Bald Eagle and lost the game. No Eagle photos today. But as a consolation prize this sparrow was chased out of the brush when the Eagle made his last pass.

I’ll take the opportunity to photograph the little fast guys any day.

NOTE: The expert has sent me the correction! Avain101 tells me it is a White-throated Sparrow. I stand corrected.

A Lost Tern Fishing

Fall colors, mist rising from the river, and for good measure a Tern working the water.

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Fall Fishing – Click To Enlarge

These Terns usually do not come up the river this far. My good fortune he did.

 

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Diving Gull Olympic Style

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Diving Gull Olympic Style – Click To Enlarge

I noticed a Gull acting strange the other day. He flew a few feet up in the air, then dove straight down. I assumed he was catching fish, but I watched and realized, never a fish. Just jumping up and down.

Diving Gull Olympic Style - Click To Enlarge
Diving Gull Olympic Style – Click To Enlarge

I had a long lens and zoomed in. Well, the bird had perfect form. Every dive he positioned his legs like a high diver.

Diving Gull Olympic Style - Click To Enlarge
Diving Gull Olympic Style – Click To Enlarge
Diving Gull Olympic Style - Click To Enlarge
Diving Gull Olympic Style – Click To Enlarge

The photos here are the clearest, but he did this same position over and over. He finally stopped and floated around  looking pleased with himself.

Now, the next time I see a gull diving I need to catch the action again. I never paid attention but I bet they all do it.

 

Canadian Geese Fly By

Today while standing on the banks on the Connecticut River a flock of geese came in to land.

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Canadian Geese Fly By – Click To Enlarge

I was in the right spot to capture the everything. Almost, since several turned and looked right at me. The shot below shows several staring at me.

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Canadian Geese Fly By – Click To Enlarge

As soon as they saw me standing where they wanted to be all spun around in mid air and changed direction.

Canadian Geese Fly By - Click To Enlarge
Canadian Geese Fly By – Click To Enlarge

I did get some shots of them landing, but they were pretty far off by then. This is the same spot I where I photographed a flock at eye level in the spring. It’s now on the list of places to be during migration.

 

Mystery Bird By The Meadows Marsh

A few days ago, after a couple months, we returned to the marsh. Even though we had an extremely dry summer the weeds and brush was still to tall and thick to shoot any photos.

Acres of Poison Ivy also had something to do with out absence.

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Mystery Bird By The Marsh – Click To Enlarge

The outside edge of the woods was covered with berries, thick wild grasses with seeds, and of course the small birds having a fall feast.

EJ followed several flocks of Waxwings and small finches. I didn’t take many shots but ultimately these birds caught my attention.

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Mystery Bird By The Marsh – Click To Enlarge

I can’t seem to positively identify them. Phebe, Flycatcher, whatever. They look close to each type.  Fast and fun to watch I added them to the site.