Friday, April 17, 2015

At the Feeders

Over the past week I've gone out to my photoblind in the Little Lake Valley a couple of times to photograph the birds. My plan was to set up a separate bird feeder for just the Acorn Woodpeckers but I have been having way too much fun photographing them. Eventually I will have to do it as they are pretty good at keeping most of the other birds away. Luckily the House Finches are brave enough to come in between visits by the woodpeckers. Here are a few images from this last week. All images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod. Exposures varied. #TeamCanon #Bringit

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sign of Spring

One of the sure signs of spring growing up as a boy in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains was the call of the Western Meadowlark. On Saturday Lenore and I were serenaded by a Meadowlark from one of the refuge signs. There has to be a pun hidden in this somewhere? It was music to my ears and it brought back many memories of wandering through the neighborhood where I grew up imitating the Meadowlarks and having them call back to me. I can still do a pretty realistic call of one and surprisingly they still answer. God's light and love to all, chris Image created with a handheld Canon 7D in AV mode and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at309mm. ISO 800 F 5.6 at 1/6,400th of a sec.

Slightly Different Point of View

I'm so glad that Lenore's car has a sunroof. Last weekend we drove through Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in Northern California. We were photographing a Redtail Hawk from a little ways back when it hit me. Let's drive under it. We slowly crept forward and surprisingly the hawk stayed put. I whistled softly and no reaction from the hawk. Lenore started talking to it and got an immediate response as it lowered its head and looked straight down on us. I took a series of images but this one was one of my favorites. My only worry was that it would take off and poop all over us. Luckily that didn't happen. Image created with a handheld Canon 7D, Tamron 150-600 at 375mm. AV mode, spot metered, ISO 800, F 5.6 at 1/1,000th of a sec.God's love and blessings to all, chris

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mystery Guest Revealed

The mystery guest as many people on Facebook guessed is indeed a Jackrabbit.On the blog itself Traveler Literary Gnome nailed it! A Blacktailed Jackrabbit to be precise a member of the hare family. There are three species of hare found in North America. They are the Balcktailed, Whitetailed and Snowshoe Hare. This one was spotted on our drive through the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge last weekend. It was right next to the road and not wanting to give up its sunny spot beside the road for anything or anyone. All images were created with a handheld Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens with the VC on. AV mode, ISO 800, exposures varied. May you have a blessed day, chris

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guess the Mystery Guest!

I am a mammal and a herbivore that can eat over a pound of plants in a day. I'm found from Baja California and Central Mexico northward into the west and west central United States. Usually I'm found in grasslands and deserts though I can be found in other habitats as well. Typically I weigh from 3 to 9 pounds and I am about 2 feet long. I make a shallow nest in the dirt to bear my young usually 2-4 of them and my babies are called leverets. If you want to see fast. Man I am really fast. I can run in bursts of speed close to 40 mph and can leap 10 feet horizontally when I am on the run! One of the coolest things about me is that I use my large ears to help me keep cool when it is hot by regulating my blood flow through them. One of my unusual habits is of eating my feces to get more nutrition out of my food. Do you know who I am? If you haven't guessed it the mystery guest will be revealed in tomorrow's photoblog. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 552mm. ISO 800, F 6.3 at 1/1,250th of a sec. handheld with the VC on.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Guest Photographer

First and foremost I want to start off today's photoblog by thanking FOWL (Friends of the Willits Library) for hosting a book talk on this last Friday on my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. FOWL's president Janey Mitchell did a great job of advertizing, setting up for the event and providing snacks and coffee for the people that came. Thanks everyone for coming out and being such an attentive audience. Saturday morning Lenore and I got up really early and were out and on the road by six ten in the morning. We headed over to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and took the auto tour. On the route we spotted a nice Redtail Hawk in a Cottonwood Tree. I couldn't get a very good camera angle on the hawk so I handed the camera to Lenore and I'm so glad that I did. She maneuvered the camera into a great position and came up with this superb image of the hawk. Nice work Lenore! Image was created with a handheld Canon 7D and a Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens at 256 mm. ISO 800 F 6.3 at 1/1,600th of a sec. God's love and blessings to all, chris

Friday, April 10, 2015

Word of Mouth

Books sell best by word of mouth and book reviews. My new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography, Has been getting great reviews on Amazon. If you haven't yet taken a look please do as it is a fantastic book to learn how to photograph birds in your backyard. There are over a thousand followers of this photoblog and I rarely ask anything of you except to read, look and enjoy. Will you please help spread the word about my new book. Tell your friends and photographers abut it. It is available at all major on line book sellers in both hardbound and as an ebook. You can refer them to the Amazon link below using twitter, email, Snap Chat, Facebook,Google + etc. Thank you for any and all of your help. God bless, chris