In Your Own Back Yard

Mother Nature is not hiding, as a matter of fact she is putting a great show on right in your very own yard. People often ask “where did you take that picture?” and find it hard to believe when I say in my back yard. So many people are missing out on what Mother Nature has to offer thinking they have to travel to exotic places to witness the wonders of nature, when all they need to do is “Stop, Look & Listen”.  They would be amazed what they could enjoy right in their own back yard.

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

The Turkey Vulture is by far one of the least attractive of our feathered friends. Found in most regions of both North and South America the Turkey Vulture, also referred to in some areas as Turkey Buzzard or Buzzard, are a large bird reaching up two and half feet tall with a wing span of six feet. Although very common the Turkey Vulture is a fascinating creature to watch and photograph as they ride the thermals using their keen sense of smell and eye sight to locate the decaying carcass of their next feast.

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Fishing with the Gulls

Photographing Gulls seems to be the alternative subject when other “Adventures” don’t work out the way you planned. Photographing Gulls, I believe, has never been my intention when looking for Osprey, Eagles or some exotic water fowl, but they seem to always be in the area.  You can spend hours along the banks of lakes and rivers waiting for that special shot of an Eagle or Osprey and all the while the Gulls are putting on a great show of their fishing abilities. More often than not I get an “itchy trigger finger” and turn my focus to the Gulls . Below are some of the recent results.birds140-1-28-16_0126 copybirds 91_0194 copybirds 91_0197 copybirds146 2-20-16_0017 copy Downloads of these images are available at www.jhp1.com

Eagle, Osprey & Kingfisher

  • It never fails when you’er trying to capture images of Mother Nature’s critters. As soon as you pack up “BAM” the shot you were waiting hours for is right in your face.  When photographing Wildlife you are always fighting the weather. It’s cold, it’s snowing or raining or it’s just to darn hot to stand very long in the sun, but if you want the shot you have to be patient,however, sometimes your “Adventure” just does not produce a lot of results. After a week of crappy weather here in west central Ohio my “Advertures” only produced and Eagle, Osprey and a Kingfisher. Check out more of my photographs www.jhp1.com

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Baby Makes Three & Another on the Way

What a great “Adventure” watching these magnificent birds as they  welcome their first born of the season. By the time of this post the second will have hatched.birds94_0034 copy Plenty of food (fish today) is required to keep up with the demands of the young ones, not to mention their daily requirements. These images are available for download here www.jhp1.combirds 100_0164copy

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Mom and Dad share a little snack

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Grabbing 40 winks while the little one sleeps

 

 

Eagle Watch

The Eagles are on the nest in Franklin County, Indiana. My “Adventure” took to the location on Levee Road just outside Brookville, Indiana three times this past week. As of two days ago I didn’t notice any new born ,however, there has been a lot of activity around the nest. birds155 3-20-16_0129copy copy

Take a close look at what is in the talons, it appears to be a small bird being carried in.

 

 

 

As one returns with food another will take up a position to keep a constant watch over the nesting area. These photo are available as high resolution downloads for a modest fee of $3.00 right here http://www.jhp1.combirds155-3-20-16_0135birds155-3-20-16_0141copybirds155-3-20-16_0153copy

Osprey Return to Indiana

Spending the winter months in a warmer climate the Osprey have started to return to their summer homes. I’m very fortunate to have easy access to a beautiful pair of this amazing raptor.

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This past week I spent three days watching and photographing this pair of Union County ,Indiana Osprey as they repaired their nest, talked things over, mated and fished in the ponds and along the river that flows near by.birds154-3-15-16_0066 copy

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I will continue to watch this couple as the eggs are laid and the chicks are born and post updates .

In the upcoming week  I have an “Adventure” planned to photograph a pair of Bald Eagles that are on the nest in Southern Indiana.  This pair has been on the nest about four weeks so I want to keep a close watch as the eggs could be hatching anytime now.

 

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