Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pic of the Day

Blackburnian Warbler, Dendorica fusca; Magee Marsh, Ohio

     The Blackburnian Warbler is one of the many Neotropical migrants that can be seen along the Magee Marsh boardwalk.  I have not seen many migrants over the last week around the house, here in Horse Cove.  Even the bird feeders have had little activity.  I hope the winter flocks arrive soon.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500 second @ f7.1

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pic of the Day

 Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla:  Guntersville Dam, Alabama

 Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla:  Guntersville Dam, Alabama

 Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla:  Guntersville Dam, Alabama

         A number of years ago tornados ripped through the Guntersville State Park uprooting all the old pines in the campground area.  The campground was the best place in the park to photograph Brown-headed Nuthatches.  Since those tornados swept through I had not found a population of nuthatches to photograph until this afternoon.
     Today was absolutely beautiful, so my wife and I took a drive to Guntersville Dam, about twenty minutes from the house.  When we arrived we drove through the picnic area along side the Tennessee River.  As I slowly drove through the tall pines I mentioned to my wife that this should be perfect habitat for Brown-headed Nuthatches.  I parked the van, rolled down the window and listened for their calls.  It was not long after we parked that I heard the nuthatches.  I quickly setup the camera and lens, and before long I was shooting Brown-headed Nuthatches.  I am very excited about finding a photographable population, and look forward to going back, and hopefully getting better photos.

Top:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/640 second @ f7.1, shot in DX format
Middle:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400 second @ f8, shot in DX format
Bottom:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/250 second @ f7.1, shot in DX format

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pic of the Day

Sol:  Mass 332,830 times that of Earth.  Equatorial radius, 695,000 kilometres.  
Surface Tempreature, 6000 degrees celsius.  It is really cool, regardless of how hot it is!

     I arose to a beautiful fall morning with clear, blue skies.  It was the perfect day for the partial solar eclipse that is to begin at 16:45 CDT today.  However, while at lunch the sky changed drastically!  Clouds have moved-in, and now I am not sure that the eclipse will be visible at all.
     I shot this image at 11:30 CDT to test exposure and image quality for this afternoons shoot.  The sunspots in the lower right quadrant of the sun are solar storms. This gigantic storm has spewed a massive amount of solar particles toward earth, which in turn has interacted with our planet’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere.  This storm is the reason our northern neighbors are enjoying an incredible northern lights display.  Now, if the clouds will part for a couple of hours, all will be fine.
 UpDate:  Unfortunately the weather did not improve and clouds blocked the viewing of the eclipse.  Sure hope for better luck for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f8, Orion Solar Filter (over lens), ISO 800

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pic of the Day

Black-throated Green Warbler, Dendroica virens:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

     Watching the fall warblers pass through has me reminiscing about the spring migration.  I shot this this bird from the boardwalk at Magee Marsh where the birds are, at times, at arms lengths.  This Black-throated Green was a little further away, but still willing to pose for his close-up.  Fall isn’t even over and I’m already dreaming of spring migration.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500sec @ f7.1

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pic of the Day

"Here's looking at you, kid!"
The White eyes, of the White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo, Vireo griseus:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pic of the Day

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Dendroica pensylvanica:
Magee Marsh, Ohio

     I shot this image in the spring at Magee Marsh, Just east of Oregon, Ohio.  This little guy was flitting through the dew-covered foliage looking for insects.  Over the last two weeks I have seen a lot of Chestnut-sided Warblers moving south.  They are in their fall plumage, but still just as beautiful.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f2.8 1/320 second @ f6.3