Friday, January 30, 2015

Bushel of Wodpeckers

Wednesday morning when I was in the photoblind I was excited to hear the call waka, wak, waka echo by. It is the call of the Acorn Woodpecker. Hearing that call I finished off the morning by creating a set up using some feeders and and a small oak trunk that I knew they would feel comfortable using. When I arrived at the blind on Thursday morning I could see them using it as I approached the photoblind. I spent the next couple of mornings photographing them. Surprisingly a group of Acorn Woodpeckers is called a bushel. Who thinks up these things? Acorn woodpeckers are very unique in that they are a communal bird with all the members of the group collecting food in the form of acorns and storing them in central locations usually a tree called a granary. They will either put it into a cavity or excavate tiny holes in the trunk and force hundreds of acorns into place. Their breeding behavior is equally amazing and complex, with all the breeding males and females combining efforts to raise the young. They are quite unusual among wood peckers in that they live this way as groups rather than living as pairs or solitary birds. Visually they are quite striking and are one beautiful bird. some people have nicknamed them clown birds. I just think they are pretty cool. I ended up with a lot of images. This one is my favorite because it emphasizes there communal living structure. God's love and blessings to all,chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens at 220mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400,F5.6 at 1/400th of a sec. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

No Escaping the Jays

One of the main reasons for me wanting to go back out to photographing at my photoblind in the Little Lake Valley was to be able to photograph something other than Steller's Jays and chickadees. Well the Jays must have followed me because there were quite a few that came into the bird feeder. In fact they pretty much took over part of the time. It's interesting to see this change because typically you don't find large groups of Steller's Jays on the valley floor. They tend to stick to the higher terrain surrounding the valley. The other newcomer I photographed was a Eurasion Collared Dove. They entered North America into the Bahamas in the early 1970s. By the the early 1980s they were scattered across southern Florida. Recently they just reached southern Alaska! May God bless your day, chris all images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Oak Titmouse

Monday morning found me in the photoblind out in the Little Lake Valley. The birds had adjusted to a new feeder being put up and I had a nice variety of birds coming into the it. My favorite had to be the little Oak Titmouse. There is just something I find appealing in this diminutive, spunky little bird. They are just adorable. That is if a little tiny bird can be called adorable. Can they? I created a lot of great images of them but this was my favorite. I just love the curious little look the bird is giving in reaction to the sound of the camera's click. May you have a blessed day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens at 400mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400,F8.0 at 1/400th of a sec. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Portraits of Papaya

It's been frustrating waiting for the birds to start using the bird feeder at my photoblind out in the Little Lake Valley. Lately at my house which is typical for winter I have been limited to photographing Steller's Jays and chickadees. It will be great to start photographing some new species. Sunday afternoon Papaya Annika's cat was sitting in the living room so I decided she would be fun to photograph. I made a lot of images and boiled them down to an even dozen. Enjoy the many faces of Papaya the cat. God bless, chris Images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 85mm lens.Camera was set to AV mode, ISO 400, Shutter speed and F stop varied. Natural light hand held.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sweet Little Chickadee

Friday afternoon I made a quick set up in the yard and waited for the Chestnut Backed Chickadees to come to feed. The birds have now memorized the location of the feeder so they started feeding by the time I walked back and sat down in the photoblind. I photographed for about an hour and then went back inside and edited the images. This one was my favorite. I loved the great eye contact of the chickadee looking towards the camera. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a canon 7D with a a EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM at 200mm. Camera was set on a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. The camera settings used were Spot Metering, AV mode,ISO 1600 (it was pretty low light), F 5.6 at 1/80th of a sec.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Watching the World Pass By

Yesterday morning I spent a short amount of time out in my photoblind in the Little Lake Valley. The day before I had put up a new bird feeder as I haven't been out there in a couple of months. No birds came to check it out so it looks like I'll have to give them a few more days to find it. Up on the hill behind my blind there is an old farm implement. It sits there on that little rise watching the world slowly pass by underneath it. Many years back when I first started photographing there it had a rusted steel seat on it. Now that has been knocked off and is lying on the ground beside it. Ever so slowly it is rusting away into the ground. Something to ponder and think about. Gods love and tender blessings, chris

Friday, January 23, 2015

Magical Misty Morning

I love the ever changing landscape the fog creates for me in the Little Lake Valley most mornings. The layers of fog rise up, lower down, thicken and thin out. It never seems to stop moving. It's almost as if it is alive. Here are a few images from yesterday morning. God bless, chris all images created with a canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens braced upon my window sill.