Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pic of the Day

Ruddy Turnstone, Arenariua interpres:
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; Huntington Beach, California
Ruddy Turnstone turning a mossy stone.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f8

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pic of the Day

Long-billed Curlew, Numenius americanus:
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; Huntington Beach, California

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/2000 sec. @ f8, ISO 800

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pic of the Day

Ridgeway's Rail, Ralius obsoletus:
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; Huntington, California
     Until recently the Ridgway’s Rail was considered a subspecies of the Clapper Rail.  It is found in California from San Francisco Bay to Baja California.  While shooting at the Bolsa Chica  Wetlands a few days ago I spotted this rail on the muddy banks of the estuary.  It stood in place for a quarter hour just watching its surroundings and preening on occasion.  Though the sky was overcast the soft light rendered the rich colors in the plumage of this beautiful bird.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/80 second @f8, ISO 800

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pic of the Day

Brwon Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis:  La Jolla, California
     While I have been "West Coasting it up," I stopped at La Jolla with a friend to photograph Brown Pelicans.  Much more colorful that the eastern race, the west coast birds have a brillant red and green pouch.  these birds are accustom to people and perch no more than ten or twelve feet from the tourist who come to see them.  I was shooting a 500mm lens to blur the background as much as possible, so I had to back-up to frame the bird.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/2500 sec. @ f7.1, ISO 800

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pic of the Day

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata; Bolsa Chica Wetlands; Hunting Beach, California
     While Attending the North American Nature Photography meeting in San Diego this week a friend and I headed out to Bolsa Chica Wetlands to do a little photography.  While the light was not a as I would have preferred, the birds were incredible.  The last Surf Scoter I saw was in Haines, Alaska way back in 1981.  I was so excited to see this and other Surf Scoters at Bolsa Chica. 

     Surf Scoters are just beautiful.  I find black-and-white birds gorgeous anyway, but add a touch of color, and these beauties really shine!  On top of, just a looking good, the scoters were busy feeding on muscles, providing a great photo opp.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600second @ f7.1

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pine Warbler, Setophaga pinus:  Horse Cove; Gurley, Alabama
     I shot this beautiful Pine Warbler at my bark butter feeder a couple of day ago.  Pine Warblers are regulars at my feeders.  If they are not eating bark butter or suet, they are on the sunflower seed feeders. They are a common nester around the house and I have them year round.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500 second @ f 6.3, ISO800

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pic of the Day

Tufted Titmous, Baeolophus bicolor:  Horse Cove; Gurley, Alabama

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/320 second @ f6.3, ISO 800

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pic of the Day

White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     The weather was beautiful here in North Alabama today.  Temps were in the upper 50's, the sun was shining and the birds were busy at the feeders.  The white-breasted nuthatches were busy flying to and from my sunflower and bark-butter feeder most of the afternoon.  This was shot from my blind during one of the feeding forays. 

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400 second @ f7.1, ISO 800

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pic of the Day

Vermillion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus
Catalina State Park; Tucson, Arizona

Nikon D00, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/80 second @ f8

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pic of the Day

Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica
Les Ilels au Perroquete, Mingan Archipelago; Gulf of Saint Larwence
Composite of a single bird as it flew past me.

      This is a composite I made of one bird as it flew past me.  The series shows the bird further away at the right and closer on the left, thus the difference in size of the puffin.  The original composite is 14” x 45”.  I had a great time shooting flying Alcids, but it was exhausting raising the D300 and 300mm 2.8 to my shoulder for a couple of hours.  However, I do like the results……hope you do as well.

Double Click on the image and the composite will expand to 10” wide