"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Ghostly Hunter in the Fog

 


Four days ago we had a dense fog that limited visibility greatly.  As I peered into the woods I spotted a barred owl perched low to the ground and watching intently for prey...


 I was surprised that it tolerated my presence as I moved slightly to get a better viewing position...


The fog slowly lifted allowing for more detail to emerge...


Time spent in the presence of these beautiful birds is always a special experience.  I felt especially grateful to see this one emerge from the fog...


The spider web attached to its tail feathers made me think it must have roosted in this location all night.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fall Is A Magical Season

There are many reasons why this is my favorite time of year. The migration of many species of birds is one...


This golden-crowned kinglet is one of several that visited our yard recently...



This northern mockingbird was enjoying the early morning sunshine...


Changing colors, seen here reflected in a small stream, are an important part of   the season...


A yellow-rumped warbler enjoys a bath...




I watched a blue jay gather acorns...


to stash in a woodpile for later use...


This rusty blackbird is a migrant that I don't see often...


It was interesting to see how this song sparrow blended into the habitat...


I spotted a screech owl peering from a hollow sycamore tree...



When I returned a few days later, it was back in the same spot...


Locating an owl is always a much appreciated gift from nature...


This common yellowthroat has a unique beauty in her subdued colors...

 

You may have guessed that being surrounded by nature is my "happy place"...


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

SIGMA 150-600mm CONTEMPORARY with 1.4 x TELECONVERTER

 I recently took these photos using the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary zoom lens with the 1.4x teleconverter...


I have owned 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for many years' but with earlier cameras and lenses I did not feel that the images I obtained were worth the trouble of utilizing them.

Technology has improved both camera and lens capabilities, so I mounted the lens and teleconverter on my Nikon D500 for these images...


Here is the exposure data for this set of images for those who are interested...

So far, I have been happy with the results of this optical configuration...





Wildlife photographers are always wishing for more "reach" to capture images of distant subjects. The Sigma Contemporary zoom lens makes that possible without requiring the enormous cash outlay that a 600mm prime lens would require,

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Strange Year For Hummingbirds

Despite having a hummingbird feeder out since mid-April, we had no sightings until the first day of September. On that overcast and rainy day a lone "hummer" showed up in our yard...



The cool, damp weather might have caused our visitor to spend time in a bush near our flower gardens and the feeder...


I was able to approach to within ten yards, and by remaining in my car, I was able to take photographs over the next five days...



The constant rain caused the bird to take short feeding flights and then return to a favorite perch to preen and rest...



In this manner I was able to observe this bird closely without causing alarm...










In some images rain drops are visible, appearing as white spots...


I was able to identify this bird as a juvenile male, distinguished by the single red feather on his throat...


Eventually he will display the vivid ruby gorget that gives this species its name...


He seemed to be increasing his energy reserves in preparation for the migration ahead...









After five days of enjoying our visitor...



He was gone...


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