Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pic of the Day

Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator:  Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio
    On my recent trip to photography neotropical migrants in Ohio, I spent some time at Ottawa NWR photographing swans. Trumpeter Swans are native to Ohio, but were extirpated during the early part of the twentieth century.  In 1996, a population was reestablished at Ottawa, and the birds have made a miraculous recovery.  As I drove the backroads of  Ottawa, I counted seventy-nine trumpeters.  Most seem to be paired.  This is just another, of the many success stories of federal and state recovery programs.  Efforts of the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the protection provided by the Endangered Species Act are essential for continued restoration of wildlands and its endangered flora and fauna.  Our relationship with the world in which we live is tenuous, but the average person cannot, or does not want to see the earth’s fragility. I think Aldo Leopold explains it best when he said,"We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."  The real question is, how do we instill this sentiment into those who are clueless?   
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/2000 second @ f/9

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pic of the Day

American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
     While I was at Magee Marsh last week I spent a bit of time atop the board walks canopy tower.   The tower rises to the forest midstory where warblers can be seen eye to eye.  While foraging among the tree leaves, this American Redstart landed on a dead branch with a perfect background.  It provided the perfect opportunity for a portrait showing off its brilliant plumage.  After a couple of clicks, the bird was gone, but what a striking pose it gave before taking flight.   

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, Exposure 1/125 second @ f8

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler, Setophaga palmarum:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
     I recently spent a week at Magee Marsh photographing spring migrants, and while migration was a bit slow at Magee this year there were a few days of great shooting opportunities.  This shot was taken form the birding tower just off the main boardwalk.  While I was photographing a Magnolia Warbler, this little brown capped, tail-wagging palm flew in just above my head.  As it moved from branch to branch it struck a few perfect poses.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pic of the Day

Snow Egret, Egrette thula:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula: Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pic of the Day

Great Egret and chicks, Ardea alba
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pic of the Day

 Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida

    This is the same Snowy Egret from the previous post.  The photo was taken in the same location as the sun began to illuminate the background.  Having my beginning in black and white photography I saw the perfect opportunity to convert the color image in to this black and white.  I usually prefer color images of birds, but the white egrets and herons, in my opinion, look perfect in black and white.  To place emphasis on the egret I darkened  the edges of the photo.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/2000 second @ f/9