108 – More Everglades—Susan Kirby
Here’s another talented photographer. The photo-bug bit her a little more than a year ago—and look at these photos now!
Sunset at the Monogamy Hammock. This place is about as deep into the everglades as you can get without an airboat. And it is typical of the everglades landscape.
The Sea of Grass – by Susan Kirby
Feeding time for the Cormorant family
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus by Susan Kirby
What is he looking at?
Ospey Pandion Haliaetus by Susan Kirby
Susan! How did you get this bird to pose so gracefully? How much did you have to pay him?
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor by Susan Kirby
I think there is still more coming.
107-More Everglades—Bill Kellermeyer’s Photos
Bill Kellermeyer sent me some of his photos—one of which I’m sorry I missed by being in the wrong place at the right time. This iguana posed for several people, and bill did a great job on it by getting down on the animal’s level.
Here’s a nice action shot. The Splash!
Green Heron Diving
And the catch! A nice little snack—if you’re a Green Heron.
Green Heron with Catch
Green Heron Detail
More to come . . .
amphen – by Lee Adler
106-More Everglades—Lee Adler’s Photos
Lee Adler sent me some of his impressive work from our everglades workshop.
This one was correctly labeled Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio. Sometimes mistaken for its cousin, the Purple Gallinule, but much larger, and does not have the bright yellow feet and yellow tipped bill. This is an introduced, non-native bird—probably the result of escapes from the Miami Zoo in 1996 (?).
Swamphen – by Lee Adler
I missed this Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. While I was searching out the activity of an Osprey nest, several members of the crew escaped that mosquito ravaged area, and came upon this little gem of a bird. If this bird had come to where I was, he would have been well fed.
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher – by Lee Adler
This cooperative Osprey sat quietly while everyone got a nice well posed portrait. Then he flew, and all I heard was rapid-fire clicking.
Osprey – by Lee Adler
A Red Shouldered Hawk flew in for a closeup.
Red Shouldered Hawk – by Lee-Adler
More to come . . .
Last week (March 4-6, 2016) was our 17th Annual Everglades Photo Weekend Workshop. And as usual, our group (Class of 2016) :-) came back with some beautiful photos and a most pleasant experience.
Group shot by Milton Heiberg
Jeffri Moore just sent me a few of her photos, and I’m compelled to show them off.
Sunset at Pa Hey Okee by Jeffri Moore:
Sunset at Pa-Hay-Okee by Jeffri Moore:
Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Jeffri Moore
Purple Gallinule by Jeffri Moore
I took this one with my Android cell phone:
Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Milton Heiberg
More to come . . .
Backyard Bald Eagles
Today, January 31, 2016, as every day at anywhere between 11:00am and 2:00pm our Bald Eagles show up for their lunch break. Sometimes one will show up, sometimes both at different time, and sometimes together—and sometimes they bring the kids! Today the 2-year old showed up buy himself first.
Did a circle and hid himself in a tree. Then one adult came along and bathed.
These are just a few of the 252 shots I took in a 5-minute session—mostly at 10 frames per second.
These birds usually fly as soon as they see me, so I try to stay under cover, and move slowly. The Eagles vision is 42 times greater than humans, so not much gets by them. Today I approached under cover of the large Live Oak in my backyard—in a path completely out of his sight. As soon as I slowly brought my camera around the tree trunk, I got his icy stare. I guess I’d feel the same way if I caught someone taking pictures of me in the shower.
However, today he finished his bath and shook himself dry.
These photos may not present our national emblem at its most well-groomed dignity. But that’s life!
All of these photos were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II, and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II lens.
Settings: Av Mode, widest aperture, ISO 400, speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/500 sec.
‘Til next time, thanks for stopping by.
Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
This past Sunday, January 24, 2016, was the end of the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. It began on the prior Tuesday which began five days of four whole hours of sleep each night—after day classes and sunrise photoshoots. A grueling week, but most enjoyable, doing what I love to do best. Teaching and photographing the birds and wildlife.
It was surprisingly good with the photo-ops despite the temperature in the 30’s with strong winds at our Bio Lab Road sunrise.
Osprey at Bio Lab Road
The Forster’s Terns were abundant and well fed at Black Point Drive.
Forster’s Tern 1
Forster’s Tern 2
Forster’s Tern 3
One Bald Eagle came in to see what I was doing—so I took his picture.
Bald Eagle 1
Bald Eagle 2
There were hundreds of Spoonbills.
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Roseate Spoonbill 2
Hundreds of White Pelicans.
And not a bad sunset with a flock of Avocets put in for the night.
All of the bird shots were taken with a Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II lens and a 7D Mark II body at ISO 400, usually at speeds above 1/2000 sec. at the largest aperture in AV mode. The sunrise and sunset with a Canon 5D Mark II, and a 24-105 f/4L lens. I’m too lazy to look up the actual individual settings. Live with it.
Less than two months from now—March 4–6 2016 will be my 17th Annual Everglades Photo Workshop Weekend. The Everglades is the place where one can lose one’s self to nature for three days, and feel that the rest of the world is unimportant. Here are some of the photos from past years.
Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond
Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond
Sunset at Pa-hay-okee about twenty miles from nowhere.
Sunset at Pa-hay-okee
While the sun is rolling through the sky, here’s some of the creatures we can depend on seeing.
Yellowlegs at Eco Pond
The Anhinga Trail is a place where we get close to nesting Anhinga, and where the Anhinga’s feel perfectly safe.
Male Anhinga feeding its young.
They know you will not jump in the alligator’s territory to climb their tree.
It’s OK! He escaped.
The happy ending of this story is—the turtle escaped while the gator was trying to get a better grip!
If the Osprey doesn’t want to be disturbed while he’s eating, he will try to stare you down.
Osprey with Fish
And then show you what he really thinks of you!
At a more peaceful moment . . .
Osprey Feeding Young
Sometimes the ugliest birds turn out to be the most beautiful.
Sunset Somewhere in Central Everglades
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