Back again

I couldn’t resist putting up another Bluebird shot.  These guys are just so much fun to watch and the beautiful colors hold my attention every time they appear.  The weather hasn’t been too friendly for my photography the last few days.  There are moments when things look great and then it gets cloudy and windy.

Somehow, I am convinced that even bad weather will bring something interesting.  It usually turns out that way.  If I can be patient enough to wait out the cold blustery days, I’m sure there will be great opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature.  Just hope the nice stuff comes soon!

Eastern Bluebird
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

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Meal time

The House Finches are always around if there’s food available.  These little birds are so entertaining to watch.  They come in a group and there always seems to be one or two males with their pretty red coloring accompanied by half a dozen or more females.

They seem to favor the column-type feeder and love to grab every open perch and then fight for a spot when it gets full.  When there’s no room left up above, they spread out over the ground and pick up whatever drops or chase after insects they spot.  Even if they may be rather plain and very common, it’s still a pleasure to watch them come and go.

Female House Finch
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
550mm @ f/8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron

The brood has returned

We were so thrilled to have Bluebirds nesting in our yard this year.  They disappeared toward the end of Summer but have returned now and are frequenting the feeders again.  It makes me feel so good to see the families thrive in our suburban environment.

Roswell is growing so quickly but we are lucky to be in a neighborhood that’s been here for quite a while.  A creek runs through it as well so, other than causing flood problems when the rains get heavy, it is great for wildlife.  I hope this continues to be true but I am a little worried that it may not.

There have been a lot of new visitors here recently.  Some are welcome and some make people nervous.  The appearance of coyote, deer, turkey and other species that are not normally in a sub-division can cause problems.  Humans have caused the situation by removing natural habitat.  Hopefully, we will find a way to co-exist and enjoy this new diversity.

Eastern Bluebird
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
500mm @ f/8 – 1/50 sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #bluebird #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Always beautiful

So, yesterday I was celebrating the return of birds other than the faithful Cardinals and then this happens.  Cardinals often make such striking images because of their brilliant colors.  With the addition of fall leaves on the ground providing a fantastic backdrop, it gets even better.

I looked out in my yard and saw this female Cardinal awaiting a turn to grab a few seeds.  When I looked through the viewfinder, there was a perfect pose and a great background.  The resulting image provided a beautifully sharp portrait of this marvelous bird.  I got shots of a Titmouse, Finch, Pine Warbler, Bluebird and others within a few minutes of this but the Cardinal just popped out as a favorite.  What can I say, sometimes the familiar is still the best.

Northern Cardinal (female)
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
500mm @ f/8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #Cardinal #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron

A splash of color

I missed photographing the foggy morning yesterday but once that cleared, we had quite a flock of little birds at the feeders.  It has been nice to see the return of some of my friends that were elsewhere in the warm weather.  Where we had only the bright red of Cardinals for a long time, now we’re seeing the return of bluebirds and yellow warblers.  I caught this Pine Warbler waiting a turn at the feeder.  There are also Yellow-rumped warblers around again.  Glad to see these brightening up the dreary days!

Pine Warbler
(Setophaga pinus)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
550mm @ f/8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #PineWarbler #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron

A Harvest of light

When at Caddo Lake, we only had one morning that gave sunrise color in the sky but it was a good one!  The yellow and orange in the sky, water and trees was a fantastic combination.  It’s kind of strange but, we were not totally thrilled with what we saw at first.  The sky went from too dark to very bright quickly and the clouds were kind of whispy and moving the opposite way of what would have been ideal but obviously, the color was good enough.

Our main focus on this trip was to use kayaks to explore the backwaters up close.  The sunrise opportunity came on the one morning that we went out on a pontoon boat for a tour of the larger area.  While the kayak was a more personal way to experience the waterways, the guided tour was definitely worth while.  Planning is essential to a good experience but so is flexibility.  There are lots of good accidents that happen if you’re ready to capture them when they appear.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/8 – 1/15 sec – ISO 400

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Color everywhere

There were quite a few spots at Caddo Lake where the autumn colors appeared from head to toe.  The oranges in the cypress trees were the big attraction but there were some fantastic colors in the sprouts around their roots and the bright green aquatic plants in the water.  Once again, the calm waters reflect the majesty of the trees and make for a scene that just sucks you in.

In my mind, I can feel the light breezes making the spanish moss twist gently amongst the branches.  The light shifts and makes rippling pinstripes on the tree trunks as a heron watches us from the distance.  If that thought doesn’t make you want to visit here for a while, I’m not sure what would.  It certainly makes me want to go back and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of this beautiful spot.

Nikon D800
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @  ƒ/5.6    1/125     ISO800

#CaddoLake #Karnack #Texas #CypressSwamp #nature #landscape #autumn #WithMyTamron