Tufted Titmouse

With the extreme cold and snow here in west central Ohio I have been hanging close to home keeping and eye and my camera focused on whats happening in my backyard. Although the Tufted Titmouse is not rare in my area it has been some time since I  have seen them around my place.

Here’s what Cornell Labs says about this cute little critter.

Tufted Titmice are acrobatic foragers, if a bit slower and more methodical than chickadees. They often flock with chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers and are regular visitors to feeders, where they are assertive over smaller birds. Their flight tends to be fluttery but level rather than undulating . You’ll find Tufted Titmice in most eastern woodlands below 2,000 feet elevation, including deciduous and evergreen forests. Tufted Titmice are also common visitors at feeders and can be found in backyards, parks, and orchardsbackyard-1-6-17_0019backyard-1-6-17_0028backyard-1-6-17_0029

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Little Gull

I have often said that two of the important elements of photography is luck and skill. Luck is being at the right place at the right time and skill is being able to handle the situation  that arises. It was with out doubt that luck was with me on November 7th when I was privileged to witness the appearance of the  a rare (to my area of Indiana) “Little Gull”.  this experience lasted less than 30 seconds

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Here is what Cornell Labs say about the Little Gull. Your comments are welcome.

The smallest gull in the world, the Little Gull is common across Eurasia. A few pairs have been nesting in North America since the 1960s, and the species is now a rare, but regular, visitor to the East Coast and the Great Lakes. 

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Flight of The Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most common Heron in North America. With a wing span reaching up to six feet they are amazing to watch and photograph. I have captured hundreds of images of the Great Blue Heron but every time I see one I just keep snapping away. These guys are a great subject to practice in flight shots as they fly slow and graceful across the water. Here a four images I captured on a recent outing.treaty-line-10-24-16_0100treaty-line_0062treaty-line_0063treatyline11-9-16_0003

Fishing with an Osprey

This late in the year in Indiana it is very rare to see and Osprey as they have started their migration south. I was fortunate to capture these images on October 31st at Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond Indiana.middlefork10-31-16_0082middlefork10-31-16_0080-copy

Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher to say the least is a speedy little creature. Somewhere between their size,speed and unpredictable flight patterns can present a challenge to the photographer. I,for one, am always up for a challenge. Here are a few shots that I recently managed to capture.  visit me at https://goo.gl/KMdlTE

Killdeer in Flight

This speedy little guy can be difficult to catch in flight, but with a little luck and timing it is possible to get good action shots.

Here is what the Cornell Lab has to say about the Killdeer.

Killdeer are surprisingly unobtrusive even on green lawns, despite their warm tawny coloration. Look carefully over lawns, short-mown fields, and even parking lots, and listen for the far-carrying kill-deer. (When you hear this call, the bird may be in flight. Look for it circling you, flying stiffly on long, pointed wings. It may resemble an American Kestrel, at least until it lands on the ground and begins walking.) Though they’re often found on dry land, you should also look for them on the edges of freshwater ponds and muddy lagoons.levee-rd-7-10-16_0113-copylevee-rd-7-10-16_0111

Going Big in the Backyard

Anytime I have the opportunity I like to experiment with new or different ideas, and some times I go a bit over board. For sometime now I have wondered, what if, yes what if I added my Quantum 5dr flash with a 20 inch octobox to the combination of the D8oo Nikon with a 600mm f/4 lens with a 1.4 teleconverter (850mm) attached and set this up in my tiny backyard. So here are the results with the “Big Rig” set at the minimum focus distance for the lens.  The images are un-cropped and with the exception of a slight adjustment for contrast are SOC. Let me know what you think.backyard-9-3-16_0003-copybackyard-9-3-16_0004-copy