Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pic of the Day

Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea: Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
     Last spring, for the first time in over 30 years, I had an Indigo Bunting as a regular at my bird feeders.  I spent a lot of time in the blind and got this image last May.  Today at 9:50 a.m.,  an  indigo appeared at my feeders.  I hope it is the same one, and will grace my feeders for the rest of the summer.   The blind is already up and I will be making attempts to get more (hopefully better) photos this spring.  By the way, I still have a ton of Pine Siskins.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/7.1

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pic of the Day

America Goldfinch, Spinus tristis:  Horse Cove near Gurley, Alabama
     The American Goldfinches here in North Alabama are just reaching full breeding plumage and are absolutely beautiful.  I shot this image last year, but I had at least seventy-five at my feeders today along with a hundred or so Pine Siskins.  I believe most of my winter finches have left and the ones at my feeders now are summer residents.  They will disperse as soon as breeding begins.  The Pine Siskins should be moving north very soon, but today my yard was alive with birds.  I’m am really enjoying spring, hope you are also.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/320 second @ f/7.1

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
Hartwick State Park; Grayling, Michigan
     On Monday, March 20th I saw my first Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the year here in North Alabama.  As I have mentioned in the past I get rose-breasted for about two weeks in the spring and fall.  Of course, spring is when they are in prime plumage and the birds I have been seeing are absolutely perfect.  I shot this male grosbeak on its nesting grounds at Hartwick Pines State Park just outside of Grayling, Michigan.  I hope to shoot a few here before they move on north, and again at Magee Marsh, Ohio in a couple of week.  Hope you get these beautiful birds at your feeders this spring also.

NIkon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/4

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pic of the Day

Great Egret, Ardea alba against storm clouds: 
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida
     This was shot in early March at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.  Egrets were busy flying to and from nests in the early morning giving me ample opportunities to shoot birds in flight.  I was fortunate to catch this egret with a bank of storm clouds which provided the perfect background.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8, 1/8000 second @ f/8

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pic of the Day

Blackburnian Warbler, Setophaga fusca: Magee Marsh, Ohio

     Another Blackburnian Warbler taken at Magee Marsh last year.  Warblers are moving north and the Blackburnian is among them, flashing through the treetops like a flickering flame.  I can't wait to get back to Magee Marsh where these living flames come down from the high branches to be photographed.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/640 second @ f/7.1