Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pic of the Day


Rose-brested Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus; Male (top), Female (bottom):
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     I shot these beautiful Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in my backyard this after noon.  Grosbeaks have been moving through my area in North Alabama for almost two weeks now.   A few days ago the females began to arrive.  The males are always the first to arrive, but I have dozens of male and females at my feeders today.  I love it when these birds arrive, and I hate to see them go.  I always look forward to fall when they return.

Top:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/50 second @ f/11
Bottom:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/100 second @ f/9

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     Shot this afternoon from my blind.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak are really moving through North Alabama right now, and I always look forward to the two weeks that they move through my area.  Black, white and red, what a beautiful color combination.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pic of the Day

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens:
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     A beautiful morning afforded me the opportunity to spend some time in my blind photographing birds in my back yard.  This downy was busily feeding at my woodpecker feeder gathering food and taking it back to nestlings.  I was able to grab this shot before it gathered food and headed back to the nest.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second @ f/8

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pic of the Day

Whtie-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis:
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     Finally, I have a white-breasted nuthatch I am happy with.  I shot this image this afternoon at my woodpecker / nuthatch feeder in my back yard.  I have been shooting  nuthatches for quite a while, but have not been very satisfied with the images I have taken, until this one.  it is just about the perfect pose and there seems to be enough detail.  However, I will keep shooting, hoping for something better.  I did have a great time.  Nothing I enjoy better than photographing the birds.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/8

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
     This is the same spoonbill in the previous post.  As the bird moved from the beautiful blue background it walked into a reflection of mangrove trees and began its courting display.  This is a totally different look than the previous post, but the darker background provides a very nice contrast difference with the bird.  I had such great time photographing this bird.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1250 second @ f/9

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
     Another image from my morning shoot with a beautiful Roseate Spoonbill at Merritt Island NWR.  Blue water, pink feathers and a perfect pose, what else could I ask for.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/640 second @ f/9

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pic of the Day

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis:  Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida
     Late in evening before going to roost, Cattle Egrets at the Viera Wetlands were busily gathering nesting material and flying back to rookery.  The birds worked diligently gathering branch until the sun was on the horizon.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/8000 second @ f/7.1

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:  
Black Swamp Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida

     While driving along the Black Swamp Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR, I found this pair of Roseate Spoonbills in perfect early morning light.  The birds were quite pensive when they suddenly launched into courting display.  With bill held high the male began strutting around the female who responded with raising its bill.  I photographed the birds for at least twenty minutes.  In this case, pink is certainly a manly color.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1250 second @ f9