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.


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


 Little Blue Heron with a snack

Reddish Egret nabbing a fish