Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Is In The Air

Great time of year to take pictures of Gold Finches. They are doing their best to attract mates. This guy looked spectacular.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 300 f4
Nikon TC 1.4

Monday, April 14, 2014

As Far as the East is From the West

To Picks from tonight.


                                                                                                                                                               

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ghost Birds

My first night in the blinds this year was spent in snow storm. 30+ mile an hour winds out of the north. The blinds face north so there was not use opening the front windows. Which was fine because there were no birds in front of me.

This was looking upstream.

The birds appeared out of nowhere - thus they are called Ghost birds. Very cool stuff to watch.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 300 f4
Nikon TC 1.4

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sandhill Crane Show

The Sandhill Crane Migration is just spectacular. If you have never seen this event you must put it on the calendar. It is a bucket list event for the birder and wildlife photographer.

The sun has already gone down. We were loosing light fast and the cranes decided to come to the river. I grabbed my fastest lens - the 50 1.4 - pushed up the ISO and fired away.

This is the result.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Smoky Mt. Memory

Spent the morning working on some Smoky Mt. pictures from last fall. The Smoky Mts. are a photographer's dream. This mill is just perfect for a black and white shot.

If you can - go the Smoky Mts. in the fall. The weather is great. The leaves are changing and the mountains are alive.

Nikon d7000
Tokina 12-24

Monday, March 24, 2014

Snow Geese Explosion

Hundreds of thousands of Geese make their way through NE every year. Their migration starts a little earlier than the Sandhill Crane migration. There is a little overlap between the two.

A few weeks ago I headed out to catch the end of the snow geese stop in the rainwater basin. It took me almost all day to find them. The weather was cold and nasty out. I had never seen them on this pond before.

So I got out of car and stood at the fence line and waited. I knew from past experience that it was a matter of time before these geese would get restless. So I focused on the front group and just as the back group began their lift off I hit the hammer. Fun stuff.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Tree

I took Linda out to the see the Sandhill Crane migration yesterday. We did not get up early for sunrise but we did stay for sunset. When shooting the cranes it is sit around and wait and then shoot like crazy. The sunset does not last forever. So I had scouted out where I thought would be a great spot only for it to be blah.

So we drove like crazy to the next spot - nothing. Light was fading and I was getting desperate. All of a sudden I spotted this tree and thought it might be at least something. So parked the car in a pull off - one of the only safe places on this stretch of the road. Set up the tripod and hoped birds would fly over the top of it.

I was pleased.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 300 f4 afs
Nikon TC 1.4