Thursday, March 30, 2017

Peregrine Falcon

Here are a number of shots taken of a pair of mating birds.  I didn't see the female until she went for a dip in the cold winter water.  After about ten minutes she flew to a perch and I was able to get some nice shots of her grooming post bathing.  It was the first really warm day  in late February and she took full advantage of the opportunity



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Monday, March 20, 2017

Deer

Playing catch up with posting pics.  So there will be a number of posts with brief descriptions. 
Found these guys last month chilling or more accurately




warming in the sun. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Drought is Over

Swinging flies for lake run fish is rarely a numbers game.  That being said over the years, I've had more successful days than not.  This pattern held true until the fall of 2015.  I think I've fished 7 or 8 days since then with a couple of tugs but no hookups.  It all started in the summer of 2015 when I visited my sister and brother in law in Oregon.  I met up with a virtual online friend and fished for steelhead in mid August for one day.  Neither one of us had even a tug. I recall saying to  my friend that I almost always get a fish back home.  Well from that point onward its been scarce, so much for bragging.  I hadn't changed what I'd been doing and I know I wasn't alone.  The drop in returns of Lake Ontario fish to tributaries, has been well documented.

So the other day my friend Matt and I head to the river and hope for the best.  We fished hard and had a great time.  The few other anglers we talked to said it was slow also.  We only got one fish but it was the largest brown I've swung up on the Salmon.

 
Surveying the river, eager to get going

Two hands needed to get a good grip

 Oh yeah!

Deep sides on this fish



The tub fly free from the hook

Freeze dried fish

 

 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Owl's

I got the witness the powerful evening flight of some short eared owls the other evening.  The 10 or so owls flew in singles, in acrobatic duo's and one chased a norther harrier.  Tough light to capture all  that but I did manage a few, here are the one's that I like. 




Let there be sun

This winter has been cloudy at least that's my perception.  Today has been a gloriously warm and sun filled day. I never regret getting up early to go outside and today was no exception.  
 Snow Bunting

 American Tree Sparrow


 Ringed Neck Pheasant

 Nap time for two Short Eared Owls

Male Golden Eye

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recent Pix

Been busy but here are a few pictures that I captured this past weekend. 
 
 Saw a number of Pileated Woodpeckers working this tree.  The tree must be full of insects.

 Closest I've been to an eagle in the lower 48. 
 A little overexposed but I love the details on the feathers of this crow.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Updated Photo Dump

More recent shots.  I've been slowly getting used to my new lens and what it can do as well as not do. 
 Blue bird
 Snow on Cat o nine tail
Female Kestrel
Barred Owl playing hide n seek, but fortunately for me, not very well. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Photo Dump


 Been busy of late so here are a number of pictures from the last few weeks that I just haven't had time to put up.

 
 Blue Bird

 Horned Lark using any wind break it can find

Female Northern Harrier


 Golden Finch

 Bambi's mom

 Female Common Golden Eye

 On the prowl

Waiting for something

Short Eared Owl

Saturday, January 28, 2017

New Glass Update

So I think I have my focus issues resolved.  Got these today while out in the car for a little drive. 
Male Common Golden Eye,  stunning subtle coloration in the head, hard to capture.

 Female Red Breasted Merganser
 Male Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk.  Hunting low over the meadow in search of prey.

Kestrel

Ran into this adult female Kestrel on the way to work the other day. Now to get a close up of the male.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Glass

I recently upgraded my long lens (300mm), buying a newer model with faster autofocus.  One of the issues using long telephoto lens is your technique and focus.  I had to work through some of this with my old lens and the new one is finicky so far.  I made the mistake of not calibrating the lens thoroughly before heading out.  Of course Murphy's Law comes into play as I some really good opportunities to get pictures of some birds including this eagle and more harriers.  This eagle shot came out pretty well, but many of the others didn't come out well as I would have expected.  Need to spend more time working out the kinks and re-calibrating the new lens with my camera. Let the fun continue.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Northern Harrier

Got out this am for a little birding and got some nice shots of a female Northern Harrier flying while is scoured the field for a mouse which eventually got.  I've always enjoyed watching these hawks hunt. 

 




Monday, January 2, 2017

Fun in the Sun 2016

Getting outside in the warm sun is always special this time of year.  With my entire family we spent some great times in the sun having fun.  Here are some of the bird pictures that I was able to capture while getting out in the sun on a number of fun adventures.

 
 Snowy Egret

 Osprey drying in the sun

 Great Horned Owl



 White Ibis aka Chokoloskee Chicken


Tricolored Heron on the prowl

 Woodstork



 Little Blue Heron with a snack

Reddish Egret nabbing a fish