Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Have the Woodpeckers Won?

This morning it felt a lot more like winter than it did spring. Cold and foggy with a spatter of rain. I headed out to the Burris Ranch for a little bit of photography from my blind. I haven't been out there for a few days so I had to restock the bird feeders before settling into the photoblind. After a short wait I could hear waaka, waaka, waaka the call of the Acorn Woodpeckers coming from the trees down below the pasture. Sook they could be heard above the garden where my photoblind is. After that it was one woodpecker after another coming in to feed until a Red Shouldered Hawk swooped through scared them away for awhile. It made for some great images of Acorn Woodpeckers. It looks like I'm going to have to treat them like squirrels and set them up there own feeder away from the photoblind. That way I'll have a better chance of photographing some other subjects other than woodpeckers for awhile. God's love and blessings to all, chris Please take some time to check out my new book on Amazon, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559

Monday, March 30, 2015

Visit From My Little Anna's

Most of the Rufous Hummingbirds have passed through in the last couple of weeks though there are a few of them humming around. Last night I worked on my set up for photographing hummingbirds. This morning I went out and gave it a go. It took me a while to get all of my flashes and settings right. All the while I was continuing my love hate relationship with Papaya the blasted cat. She kept going in and out of the photoblind while I was photographing the hummingbirds. Luckily for me the hummingbirds just ignore her. After a bit she freaked me out by jumping up into my lap when I was focusing on a young Anna's. I sat back after the hummingbird left and Papaya proceeded to stretch out on my leg and fall asleep. It turns out that Anna's ended up being my favorite image of the whole morning.I just loved the emerald green back. God's love and blessings to you all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 235 mm. Camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Four Canon 540 EZ flashes were used set to 1/16th power. Camera settings used were manual mode, ISO 200,F11.0 at 1/200th of a second. If you are interested in learning how to photograph hummingbirds please check out chapter 6 of my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography available at most online book sellers in hardbound and e book. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559 #Bringit #TeamCanon

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wonderful Woodpeckers

If you have been following my photoblog for any length of time you probably have noticed that I like to use alliterations in the titles. Of course that has nothing to do with today's photoblog but I felt like mentioning it. Right now the Acorn Woodpeckers have taken over my bird feeders out in the Little Lake Valley. Because they are a communal species they protect their food sources from many other birds. When they come into feed everyone else takes off or keeps a respectful distance. Surprisingly smaller birds don't seem to rile them up much. If a Steller's Jay or a Western Scrub Jay come into feed they are right on it dive bombing it and pursuing it away from the feeders. When the woodpeckers are away the jays will come in but they will keep a low profile often feeding on the ground below the feeders. Deciding which woodpecker images to share is difficult because I have been taking quite a few. Here is a selection from Thursday. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 the shutter speed varied. #Bringit #TeamCanon Spring is a great time to get started learning to photograph birds as they are in breeding colors making for some beautiful image. If you are interested in learning how to photograph birds in your backyard please check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available from most major online book sellers and it is available in both hardbound and E book editions. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gorgeous House Finch

Yesterday I had a great time photographing birds. For those of you that regularly follow my photoblog you know that only a few of birds used the new bird feeder after I put it up. One was an Acorn Woodpecker and the other was this gorgeous male House Finch. The House Finch stayed in one spot and modeled for me for a couple of minutes. Wow, they hardly ever do that! It was really hard to decide which image to use for today's blog. So here it is. Enjoy and God bless, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 lens at 600mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/800th of a sec. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Please check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography on Amazon and other online book sellers. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559 #Bringit #TeamCanon

Beautiful Day For Birds

Today was the perfect day for bird photography. The fog in the Little Lake Valley didn't clear until almost eleven. I'm not fond of sunny mornings for bird photography as it gets bright way too fast. This morning was just right. After I arrived I put up a new bird feeder and moved one of the older ones. Before I could even get back into the photoblind a White Breasted Nuthatch was already using the new feeder. This really surprised me as most of the time it takes the birds little while to use a new feeder. As it turned out it was just one smart nuthatch because only two other birds used that feeder for the rest of the morning. There were plenty of Acorn Woodpeckers though and now my collection of images of them is growing by leaps and bounds. Here are a couple of White Breasted Nuthatch images that I'm really happy with. May God bless you with his tender mercies and love, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600. Camera settings used. AV mode,ISO 800, F8.0 shutter speeds of 1/640th and 1/800th of a sec. Camera was supported by a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead. Spring is a great time for bird photography. If you haven't already done so please check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It's available in both hardbound and as an e book at most major on line book sellers. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Steady Invasion

A few years back I started occasionally seeing Eurasion Collared Doves in the Little Lake Valley where I live. Now I see them on a daily basis and this year was the very first time I have photographed them from my photoblind. Right now there is a pair of them and from the sounds of it they have taken up residence and are going to be nesting. Collared doves were released in the Bahamas in the mid 1970s. They made made landfall in Florida in the 1980s. Since then they have spread westward and northward and can now be found as far north as Southeast Alaska. That's incredibly fast for an exotic species. Look for a Collared dove near you. If you haven't already done so please check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available in both hardbound and as an e book from most online book sellers. The book is a excellent source for learning about photographing birds and has been getting great reviews. Spring time is an excellent time to photograph birds! Have a blessed day, chris Images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. #Bring it #TeamCanon

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Back to the Lovely Ladies

I had a great time photographing birds in the rain today from my photoblind in the Little Lake Valley of Northern California. The bird photography started off very slowly as I haven't been out to restock the bird feeders for a couple of days. All the while the rain came down in a steadily drizzle though it did let up a couple of times. Here is a female House Finch captured with a Tamron 150-600 at 483mm. VC off on a tripod and a Canon 7D set at ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/400th of a sec. Please take some time to check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available in hardbound and as an Ebook from Amazon and most major online book sellers. Have a blessed evening, chris #Bringit #TeamCanon