Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
After not seeing any for about 30 minutes I had 3 flying all around me... it was quite the scene. With some patience I was able to photograph one that landed quite nearby... unfortunately the lighting was horrendous and it was more or less sleeting at the time (which I'm sure the cave swallow wasn't too excited about!) so the quality is less than stellar. I was also "fortunate" enough to see a Common Redpoll which was originally spotted by others, but was unable to get it in a nice perch for a photograph. The Northern Shrike once again eluded me and the Ash-throated flycatcher which originally drew me to Jones Beach was not re-found. As evidenced immediately below, I obviously didn't do too well with the flight shots...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
This morning I was up at 5:20 to make it to Montauk for sunrise. It's not an easy thing to do (especially since I'm incapable of going to bed before midnight) but it's worth it because you get lighting that you just can't get during the day... or even an hour after sunrise as evidenced by the photo above. The sun was just a few minutes over the horizon and not yet over the southern cliffs of Montauk which created a beautiful glow. The out-of-focus pink in the background is comprised of marshland grasses and the dune. Any other time during the day this would be rendered as a very dull brown. The other advantage to sunrise (especially when compared to sunset) is that you get the best lighting for the first hour or so, and can continue shooting with decent light. The same of course isn't true for sunset... once it gets too dark, you have to pack it in for the day, thus the morning gives you more opportunities especially if you come across a patient subject (which this Cooper's Hawk was not!) While walking the trail headed toward the seal haulout site (it was too rough for seals to be lounging on the rocks unfortunately) I turned a corner and came basically face to face with this juvenile hawk and I think we were both a little surprised...
A few moments before my run-in with the hawk, this ring-necked pheasant crossed my path. Would have liked more light so I didn't have to boost my ISO to 2000 (which would be nothing on a D3s, but is pushing it on a D300s) but I'll take it. I rarely see these birds out in the open like this, so it was a nice opportunity.
I like this shot of an American Robin in flight because small birds are so hard to get flying... aside from being diminutive, they are just so quick and like to tuck their wings in which makes for a weird picture of a torpedo shaped bird... so at least this bird gave me a nice little extension.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
|Doing what Common Ground Doves Do|
|Why did the Common Ground Dove cross the road?|