Monday, May 4, 2015

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus:  Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
     Back in the blind today shooting feeder birds.  Yesterday I had a couple of dozen Rose-breased Grosbeaks on my feeders at a time.  Today things were much different with less than a dozen at a time.  Looks like we are near the end of the grosbeak migration here in North Alabama.  I would be interested in hearing from others here in North Alabama on the numbers you are seeing.  I'm heading north myself, hoping to see these beauties at Magee Marsh.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400 second @ f/5.6

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pic of the Day

Pine Siskin, Spinus pinus: Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
     Yesterday I spent a couple of hours in the blind shooting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Goldfinches and these guys, Pine Siskins.  The weather was perfect and the birds abundant.  I could not have asked for more.  

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/7.1

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pic of the Day

American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis:  Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
     This American Goldfinch, perched in a sweet gum sapling, was shot this afternoon at my home.  Goldfinches are fully molted into breeding now and should begin nesting when the thistle begins to bloom.  They are continuously zipping to and from my feeders all day along with a flock of Pine Siskins, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a slew of residents.  Soon, both the siskins and grosbeaks will be moving on north.  I hope to see them at Magee Marsh in about a week or so.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/100 second @ f/8

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female), Pheucticus ludovicianus
Horse Cove near Gurley, Alabama

     Yesterday I posted a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak so today I worked to get a shot of the female.  Though not as flamboyant as the male she is a beauty in her own right.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/40 second @ f8

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male), Pheucticus ludovicianus
Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
    Ten days ago I saw my first Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the year.  After that I would see two or three birds at a time on the feeders.  However, yesterday they really began to arrive with a dozen birds at a time on the feeders.  Finally this afternoon I had time to get in the blind and try a little photography.  The sky was a bit cloudy, but the shooting wasn’t half bad.  Though shutter speeds were slow, I was able to get a few shots that I am happy with.  Hope you like this one!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm 4, 1/30 second @ f/9

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pic of the Day

Sharp-tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus: Bessey Ranger District
Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands near Halsey, Nebraska
     In late March I spent two days on a Sharp-tailed Grouse lek photographing the dance of these very animated birds.  The grouse arrived on the lek more than a half hour before the Sun climbed above the horizon.  In the pre-dawn light they danced their hearts out, with little hope of getting the images I wanted.  As the light increased I began shooting, but it was not until the first ray of light struck the bird and lit the golden grasses ablaze that the images began to come alive.  This is one of my favorite images as one of the birds slipped into the grass after a bout of dancing.
     To read about my experience on a Sharp-tailed Grouse lek and plan your visit, click on this link:

http://www.bobbyharrison.blogspot.com/search/label/Sharp-tailed%20Grouse

Then scroll down and start with "Sharp-tailed Grouse in Nebraska I" to start the story from the beginning.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/500 second @ f/7.1

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pic of the Day


Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea: Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
     Last spring, for the first time in over 30 years, I had an Indigo Bunting as a regular at my bird feeders.  I spent a lot of time in the blind and got this image last May.  Today at 9:50 a.m.,  an  indigo appeared at my feeders.  I hope it is the same one, and will grace my feeders for the rest of the summer.   The blind is already up and I will be making attempts to get more (hopefully better) photos this spring.  By the way, I still have a ton of Pine Siskins.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/7.1