Hawks perched above
On high bare winter trees,
Waiting for dinner below.
Winter continues to persist. Birds of prey frequently perch on surrounding trees looking over the snow covered pastures waiting for slight creature movement below. It is a good time for bird watching.
“Waiting for Breakfast”
Frequently I look out my window and see this American Kestral perched on a pear tree watching over the pasture below. This seems to be one of its favorite spots. This morning, I waited for the sun to rise a little and shine through the morning fog to silhouette the Kestral. It was a beautiful way to start the morning.
Sandhill Crane Landing Abstract
Last spring I took 3500 images of Sandhill Cranes near Othello, WA in a 3-day period. After the trip, I quickly went through and picked a couple of my favorites. Today, I decided to go back and pick out a few more of my best images. I found this one of a crane landing in a field. I used an equivalent of a 600mm lens, but still did not get a good close-up. This image was further enlarged by a factor of 4. As expected, the resultant image was not very sharp.
So what can you do with a fuzzy image??? Why not try an abstract processing method. I used Topaz Impression to get this result.
Lesson Learned: Don’t take so many darn images. It is a real pain to review 3500 images. (I am still not done.) I took a break to post this one.
For reference, below is my original image:
“The Rest of the Story”
Here is the rest of the romantic story from yesterdays post. The male on the right is the one that is working bringing in the materials for the nest. The one on the left is the one who is having the fun. The female in the middle innocently looks on. Oh well!
Nesting Blue Herons – Florida
One year ago, I and a couple of great friends were getting ready to go down to Florida to photograph at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. I am not a wildlife photographer, even though I work hard at it when I get a chance. What I enjoy the most is just watching the bird or animal behavior. If a good image comes to me, I will gladly receive it.
We watched this pair of herons at a wetlands reserve between Titusville and Orlando. They had quite an interesting behavior pattern. The female (the one behind) was not a very faithful partner. The male would leave the female to gather more twigs to build the nest. While he was away, another male would fly in and mate with the female. The first male would see the other and rush in with his beak filled with a branch chasing the second male away. He would stay in the nest with ruffled feathers for a while, then go back out and collect more branches. As soon as he left, the other male would fly back in. This occurred over and over while we watched the show.
I may be imagining this, to me it looks like the male in the foreground looks a little pissed off, while the female looks a little bored and disgruntled.
I needed a little change of pace and started reviewing some photographs from an earlier wildlife photography trip. In my review, I found this “fellow” just waiting to be processed and displayed.
Lesson Learned: It pays to go back and review old images from time to time.
I was at an overlook on the Beartooth Highway engulfed observing a panoramic view of the Absaroka Range. I had my camera on my tripod set for a panoramic shot sequence. I happened to look down and saw this little critter looking back at me. I slowly left my camera, walked back to my car, picked up my “wildlife configured camera” and quickly grabbed a shot of this little guy before he ducked away.
When I am photographing wildlife and landscapes together, I usually carry two cameras configured with different lenses. Changing lenses in the field takes me too long. It really payed off this time.
Yellowstone Red Fox
I saw a few cars parked along the roadside, so I stopped. This little guy was walking right along the road. The prior day I saw him on the other side of the road at about the same time of day.
Wild Grizzly and Stupid Man
This is a wild Grizzly! Notice the head of a man in the lower right corner of the photo. This stupid man was out of his car blocking the way between the grizzly and his intended direction across the road. Notice how the grizzly is looking at him. A few leaps from the grizzly and the man was a “goner”! Note: I had a 960mm equivalent lens/camera combination. I was at a safe distance!
It is unbelievable how many people disregard nature. The poor grizzly was running along the hillside trying to cross the road. A string of cars with people hopping out of them was prohibiting the animal from going where he wanted to go. The animals have the right of way in the park, not visitors!!!
I traveled to Yellowstone to practice my wildlife photography. I was not disappointed. We first say this grizzly running along the Lamar River at a distance. He ran across the road about a mile from where we first saw him. We drove down the road and saw him on the hill side above us. There was a big traffic jam, so I pulled off and watched him running away toward a ridge. Just before he got to the top, he turned around and looked straight at me. Click … I got him. What a sight !!!