Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pic of the Day

Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, in winter plumage, stretching:
Dunedin Causeway to Honey Moon Island, Florida

Friday, September 9, 2016

Pic of the Day

Pied-billed Grebe,  Podilymbus podiceps:  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge;
Black Point Wildlife Drive near Titusville, Florida

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pic of the Day

Cape May Warbler, Setophaga tigrina:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
     This image was taken in spring at Magee Marsh, near Oregon, Ohio.  I followed the bird for quite some time as it was feeding on willow catkins.  I was fortunate to snap this image as the warbler grabbed the catkin with its beak.  This angle gives a good view of the Cape May's golden cheek patch and its heavily streaked undersides.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second at f/7.1

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pic of the Day

Florida Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis pratensis:  Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5 - 5.6, 1/640 second @ f9

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pic of the Day

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio glaucus,
on Canadian Thistle, Cirsium ravens 
     I photographed this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in my yard as it was feeding on Canadian Thistle.  This species is numerous around my home and can be seen most of the summer.  The Easter Tiger Swallowtail is Alabama's state butterfly, and is one of the most common swallowtail butterflies throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pic of the Day

Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus:
Shark Valley Slough; Everglades National Park, Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400 second @ f/8

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:  Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pic of the Day

American Egret, Ardea alba:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8, 1/2500 second @ f/8

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pic of the Day

Red-eyed Vireo, Vireo olivaceus:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
Taken during "The Biggest Week in American Birding."
     Red-eyed Vireo is just one of the many neotropical migrants that can be found during “The Biggest Week in American Birding” at Magee Marsh, Ohio.  Magee is a mecca for migrants, birders, and bird photographers.  If you have never been to Magee Marsh, you’re missing out on a fantastic experience.  My favorite time to visit the marsh is between May 6 and the 21st.  So, mark these dates on your calendar and perhaps I will see you there in 2017.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/640 second @ f/7.1

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pic of the Day

Wilson's Warbler, Cardellina pusilla:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
photographed during the "Biggest Week in American Birding."
     In May, I spent a week at Magee Marsh to photograph neotropical migrants.  I was fortunate to photograph this Wilson Warbler as it winged north from its wintering grounds of Mexico and Central America.  The background is out-of-focus foliage about twenty feet behind the bird.  Finding clean backgrounds that place emphasis on the bird is hard to find at Magee.  Usually distracting branches are in the way to distract the viewer.  I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time for this photo.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/160 second @ f/8

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pic of the Day

Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis:  Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Utah
     This photo was taken on my last day at the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge near Brigham, Utah.  I had driven past the location of the nest numerous times, but never noticed it.   On my last drive through I actually drove past the nest before my brain registered that I had just seen a grebe on a nest.   I quickly backed up and sure enough, a Western Grebe  was on a nest.  I quickly grabbed my camera and camouflage cover and slipped down the edge of the road to photograph the grebe.  I captured this image as the grebe climbed onto the nest.  Note the feathers underneath the grebe opening to expose the brood patch as she sits on the eggs.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/160 second @ f8

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pic of the Day

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus:  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville, Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/4000 second @ f/8

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Footsteps on the Moon

Full Moon.  Photo by Bobby Harrison
Nikon D7000, 500mm f/4

     July 20th, 1969 is a day I will never forget as long as I live.  It was one of the most exciting days of my life and perhaps yours as well.  It was the day that man landed on the moon. Long before I was a hard-core birder and bird photographer, I was a space junky.  During my junior high and high school years I lived and breathed astronomy and space travel.  How could I not?  I lived just 20 miles from Huntsville, Alabama at the time.  Werner Von Braun was director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, and Von Braun and his team designed the Saturn V rocket that carried man to the moon.  For me it was an exciting time to live!  I spent nights in the backyard with my telescope observing the moon, planets and nebulas.  I mapped the rotation of the Galilean moons of Jupite, observer comets and cut my teeth on astrophotography. 

 Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

 Crew of Apollo 11, (Left to right) Niel Armstrong, Mission commander and first man 
on the moon.Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot, and Buzz Aldrin, Lunar 
Module Pilot and second man to walk on the moon.

      Later in life I got to meet some of those heroes of the early space program.  Buzz Aldrin was one of them.  I first met Buzz in 1992 when he was visiting a local bookstore to promote his book, “Encounter with Tiber.”  I was asked to photograph the event, and of-course,  I jumped at the opportunity.  The first hour-and-a-half was very busy with a constant flow of autograph seekers (me being one), then there was no one there but Buzz and me.  The two of us sat and talked for over an hour.  I asked questions and he happily told stories to answer them.  It was fascinating to have Buzz Aldrin to myself as he told me stories of flying, his time at NASA and his favorite aircraft the F86 Saber.  He flew the Saber during the Korea War, and you should have heard him talk about that jet.  His eyes lit up as he talked about its design, maneuverability, and how sharp it looked.  He spent more time talking about the Saber, than he did about his time in space.  This was another moment in time that I will never forget. 
 Buzz Aldrin with an F-86 Saber

     In 2006 I had another opportunity to meet Buzz.  Tim Gallager (editor of Living Bird Magazine) and I had been elected to the Explorers Club in New York City in 2005.  In 2006 we were among the honorees at the clubs annual dinner to receive the Explorers Club Conservationist of the Year Award.   When I arrived at the pre-dinner events there was Buzz and number of other Great Americans such as astronaut Kathy Sullivan, oceanographer Silvia Earl, entomologist E.O. Wilson (a fellow Alabamian), and others.  We were all seated together on the dais, and I must say it was a pretty cool, another day I will never forget!

 March 18, 2006 Explorers Club Annual Dinner
Left to Right, Kathy Sullivan, Bobby Harrison, Sylvia Earle,
 Buzz Aldrin:  Photo by Whitney Harrison Robison