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

Hummmmm

Hummingbirds don’t really hum and it can be hard  to hear them chirping as the buzz from their rapidly flapping wings often drowns them out. As a photographer I enjoy the challenge of catching these little creatures in flight rather than sitting on a feeder. To  catch them in flight requires a fast shutter speed and most of the time I will sync a high speed flash in the attempt to stop the wings.

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Scientists  place hummingbirds and swifts in the same taxonomic order, the Apodiformes. The name means “without feet,” which is certainly how these birds look most of the time. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d think they don’t have wings either since they can flap 53 times per second, making the wings pretty well invisible. The extremely short legs of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prevent it from walking or hopping. The best it can do is shuffle along a perch. Nevertheless, it scratches its head and neck by raising its foot up and over its wing