Amazing detail

The closer you look at the patterns in the detail of nature, the more amazing it gets.  I love to see summer flowers appearing.  It adds so much color to the landscape.  But when you look closely, there are so many more things to see.  This white coneflower in my yard is a nice pop of contrast with its white petals and yellow eye.  Looking at it close-up, you see a patch of star-shaped fingers surrounding the yellow center.  Nature never ceases to astound me.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/7.1 –  1/800 sec – ISO 400

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Little birds

Quite often, we ignore the little birds.  They are always around and they bounce from one thing to another.  If they aren’t super-colorful, we don’t really notice them but they are very interesting to watch and to see up-close.

The Tufted-Titmouse seen here is one of those high-energy little birds.  They don’t stay still much and even when they stop moving from one spot to another, they are turning their heads back and forth looking for any threat.  I’m thinking this may be a juvenile bird based on how thin it looks.  But of course, that may be totally wrong.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80sec – ISO 640

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More woodpeckers

So, I haven’t quite been able to distinguish which one this is.  The Downy Woodpeckers in my yard have been bringing up a youngster but it is very hard to tell if I am looking at the female or the baby.  I know when I see one of the adults go to the feeders and take food back to the little one but when I see them individually, I can’t tell.  This is another case where the young get to be the size of the adults pretty quickly.  I am just glad to see that they have nested and brought about another woodpecker for me to watch.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/500sec – ISO 640

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So I got two of my favorite things at once here.  I love to watch when birds come to the bath and splash around.  In this case, one of the bluebird brood that hatched in our birdhouse is enjoying the water.  How great is that?  To add to the happiness, in the background, you can see one of my coneflowers blooming.  It’s great to see the summer perennials appearing to bring some color into the landscape.

I guess I’m ready for the Memorial Day weekend to usher in summertime after all.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/400sec – ISO 640

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Rare portrait

You would think a bird as common and as large as a Blue Jay would be something easy to get a picture of.  It is not so!  The jay is kind of a strange bird.  Although they are relatively large as song birds go, they are extremely skittish.  They rarely come to the bird feeder is any other birds are around.

I always know when one is around. They make all kinds of racket, trying to scare other birds away.  It is actually amazing how many different sounds they make.  One of the calls I hear often is an imitation of a hawk.  I assume that is meant to frighten the other birds so they can swoop in and have all the food to themselves.

I happened to get a few images when I walked by the window and spotted a jay planning his approach to the feeders.  He perched for a couple of nice portrait shots then went down for some food and quickly flew off.  If I had planned on getting this shot, it probably never would have happened.  Oh well, I never argue with good luck.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
450mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160sec – ISO 640

#BirdWatching #birds #BlueJay #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Spring is gone

As much as I would like to have the Spring season stay around, Mother Nature is moving forward.  I can’t believe that Summer vacation is just around the corner.  We’re only a little over a week away from June and the temperatures are getting more and more on the consistently warm side.  I guess I will just have to move on with it and enjoy the good side of summer.  All these plants that love the hot weather are starting to bloom now.  If nothing else, the summer does bring out some beautiful blossoms.

I suppose its not so bad to have warm mornings and longer evenings. Maybe I need a trip to the beach.

Olympus PEN EPL6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens
30mm @ f/6.3 –  1/160 sec – ISO 200

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House finch family

One of the birds that have been raising young in our backyard are the House Finches.  I believe this is one of the young males that has been at our feeders regularly.  They usually come in bunches but since they seem to have figured out how to get seed for themselves, sometimes they appear solo.  This one was waiting a turn while the bigger birds were hard at work getting their fill.

I’m so happy to see all these birds bringing the next generation up.  I’m sure the circle of life goes on perfectly well without me but I love to see this right in my own yard.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
450mm @ f/9 – 1/60sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron