Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pic of the Day

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens; Horse Cove; Gurley, Alabama

     The weather was just great yesterday, with temps in the low 80's.  I found the time to spend an hour and half in my blind, and had a wonderful time shooting Downy Woodpeckers.  The whole family was coming to the feeder, but the pose of this little guy was just perfect.  I love shooting all birds, but particularly I love shooting the woodpeckers.  Hope you enjoy seeing this image as much as I enjoyed taking the photo.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/100 sec. @ f8

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pic of the Day

 Curved-billed Thrasher, Toxostoma curvirostre:
Gilbert Water Ranch; Gilbert, Arizona

Curved-billed Thrasher, Toxostoma curvirostre:
Gilbert Water Ranch; Gilbert, Arizona

     The Curved-billed Thrasher is another bird that takes advantage of the Saguaro fruit.  This thrasher had a nest tucked away on the arm of a Saguaro where it grows from the trunk.  The female was sitting on eggs, but both birds took time enjoying the Saguaro fruit.  

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/3200 sec. @ f9
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600 sec. @ f9

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pic of the Day

Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis:
Gilbert Water Ranch; Gilbert, Arizona

        In June the Saguaro Cactus fruit ripens and most of the desert animals feast on the fruit's red meat and seeds.  Here, a female Gila Woodpecker pauses for this portrait as she eats.  The saguaro fruit is also one of the staples she feeds to her nestlings.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/800 sec. @ f8

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Who's Looking

     It has been quite a while since I have welcomed new viewers to the blog.  So, I would like to welcome Viewers from Yemen, Burundi, Kyrgyzstan, Re'union Island: Department of France, and Liechtenstein.  These countries have become the 137th to the 141st countries to log onto Bobby’s Photo Blog.  Thank you for logging onto the blog, and come back often.   The following  are the flags of each of the countries in the order that viewers logged on.

Yemen (137)                                   Burundi (138)

Kyrgystan (139)                                Re'union (140)

Liechtenstein (141)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pic of the Day

Clark's Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii:
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area; Farmington, Utah
     The Clark's Grebe was named in honor of John Henry Clark, a 19th century American surveyor and naturalist.  Until the 1980’s the Clark’s Grebe was thought to be a pale morph of the Western Grebe, which it closely resembles (see western grebe here).  I shot this Clark’s Grebe at the Farmington WMA on the east shore of the Great Salt Lake, Utah. 

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/640 @ f7.1

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pic of the Day

Sand Tiger Shark, Carcharias taurus: Tennessee Aquarium; Chattanooga, TN

     I had a great time at the Tennessee Aquarium today with the family.  Both the Ocean and River aquariums are fantastic.  I have only been to a few aquariums around the country, but I have to say that the Tennessee Aquarium is the best I've seen!  Shooting was not easy, low light required high ISO settings (3200), which increases noise, but the Nikon D800 handles noise extremely well.  I found the aquarium to be a photographers dream.  Where else can you shoot fish without getting wet! 
A few Facts:  Adult Sand Tiger Sharks can reach 6.5 to 10.5 feet in length, and can weigh 200 to 350 pounds.  The Sand Tiger is a coastal shark and can be found in U.S. waters on both the Atlantic and Gulf coast.  For more facts on the Sand Tiger Shark, click here.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 35mm f2, 1/80 second @ f3.5, Handheld  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pic of the Day

Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustrisBenton Lake NWR; Great Falls, Montana

     I took so many photos of this Marsh Wren I just had to post a few more.  In a previous post (see June 18, 2014), I had an image of the wren plucking the downy cattail fibers from the stalk.  Here, the wren alighted on the stalk and the wind blew some of the loose fibers off the stalk.  I love the feel of this image with the fibers blowing in the wind.

Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris
     One thing a male Marsh Wren loves to do is sing his territorial song; and in this shot the wren landed on the stalk and began to sing.  I was happy to get a shot as the wren turned his head to me as he sang.  On all the profile shots I have taken of singing birds, I have never been able to get the wrens tongue. With this shot I could have done a tonsillectomy!

Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris
     This last image shows a pose that I really love to see when I am photographing this noisy little bird.  I shot the image just after it had delivered a load of cattail down to its nest.  After every delivery it seemed to fly to a specific perch, sing, and then hop to this perch with one foot on one reed, and the other foot on another.  Most of the time the wren would move to this spot, sing a few notes, then quickly move on.  When I got this shot the little wren flew to the spot, got in this classic pose and sang for about five seconds, turning its head all the while, giving me a chance to get this image.

Top:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1250 sec. @ 7.1
Center:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600 sec. @ 7.1
Bottom:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/800 sec. @ 7.1