Tropical Monarchs

Today’s post features some images I captured this past week at a new butterfly garden on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO). When this butterfly garden was set up earlier this year, several species of milkweed were grown/planted, to attract the Monarch butterfly. It is rare to walk through this garden and not see any Monarchs!

Here are a few of my favorite images from last week’s photo shoot in the garden:

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Additionally, I was able to capture some images of some of the Monarchs as they laid eggs on the Tropical Milkweed plants … those images will be shared in my next blog post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 200 (top image) and ISO 400 (all other images)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/3000 sec. and 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Bird Games

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my spring trip to Magee Marsh (Ohio) to photograph migrating warblers. During my 3 days at the wildlife area, I saw several male and female Scarlet Tanagers.

This image really stuck out at me as it appears this male Scarlet Tanager is playing “Peek-a-Boo” with me:

Male Scarlet Tanager

I will be sharing more Scarlet Tanager images in subsequent posts.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.

 

 

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Monarch Nursery

Back home, after some R&R at the Lake of the Ozarks. Actually, spent a fair amount of time working a new butterfly garden that I’ve helped a friend put in. Over the past few months, I planted multiple milkweed species, along with other butterfly-attracting plants, and while working in the garden last Friday, I had several Monarch butterflies visit me.

As they feverishly flitted around some Tropical Milkweed plants, I noticed at several times that the Monarchs were busy laying eggs. Later, after the Monarchs had left the garden, I inspected the plants and found quite a few eggs. A day later, I took my camera to the garden and photographed a few of the Monarch eggs (unfortunately, I hadn’t taken my macro lens to the lake with me, so had to use a small lens). Here are a couple of images of the Monarch activity.

In this first image, you can see a single, Monarch egg, just below and to the right of the plant’s flower. The egg is on the underside of a leaf, which is where the Monarchs typically lay their eggs:

Monarch butterfly egg

In this next image, you can see multiple Monarch eggs, again laid on the underside of a leaf:

Monarch butterfly eggs on Tropical Milkweed

All in all, I found roughly a couple dozen of Monarch eggs, scattered about on the 6 Tropical Milkweed plants I had planted in the garden. My count is probably much lower than the actual number of eggs, as I made very quick counts. Now, I’m waiting for the little Monarch cats to hatch!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 640 (top image) and ISO 1600 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (both images)
  • Shutter 1/90 sec. (top image) and 1/180 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Nesting Time!

Today’s post comes from my recent trip to Magee Marsh (northern Ohio) to capture the migrating warblers. Near the end of my trip, I ran across 3 separate Yellow Warbler Nests being built. In today’s post, I’m featuring a nest that was being built, directly above the marsh’s boardwalk.

Bringing in nesting materials:

Yellow Warbler at nest

Weaving the material into the nest:

Yellow Warbler working on nest

Checking out the “feel”:

Yellow Warbler on nest

Coming up … more Magee Marsh trip images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. and 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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A Fiery Fourth!

Today’s post features some of my favorite images that I captured on the Fourth of July, over the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). I had a perfect, front-row seat to a fantastic display of fireworks:

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Quite a patriotic show!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead, with IS “Off”
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Variable times, from 7.2 seconds to 21 seconds (shot in “Bulb” mode)

 

 

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Lake View

Well, back at home for a while.  I’ve been at the Lake of the Ozarks, photographing landscapes and fireworks at the lake. A few days before the Fourth, a pop-up thunderstorm resulted in a wonderful rainbow stretching over the lake:

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Coming up … fireworks over the lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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The One That Didn’t Get Away!

Today’s post features a hungry, Cape May warbler as it seeks out and captures an insect that is hiding among the crevices of a tree trunk (also captured at Magee Marsh in north Ohio).

In the first image, the warbler is stretched out, as it zeroes in on an insect:

Cape May warbler

In this next image, you can barely see the insect (a May fly?) in his mouth:

Cape May warbler with insect

Below is a radically enlarged image (well beyond good resolution), showing the insect:

Cape May warbler with insect (heavily cropped)

Coming up … more warblers and a few other subjects.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. (all images)

 

 

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Cape May Warbler, Part 1

Not!!! I apologize for the mis-identification of this lovely bird.  As a couple of birding friends pointed out, this is a male Black-throated Green Warbler, not a Cape May.  Sorry for the misinformation!

Today’s post features another colorful warbler, another “lifer” that I captured during this year’s spring warbler migration at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (northern Ohio).

The Black-throated Green warbler was probably the prevalent warbler I saw during Day 1 of my visit. They seemed to be everywhere! Colorful and flashy, I captured many images of this beautiful warbler.  Today I’m featuring some of my favorites in Part 1:

Cape May warbler, male

Cape May warbler, male

Cape May Warbler, male

Male Cape May warbler singing

Coming up … more warbler images, as well as additional species I captured at Magee Marsh.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/320 sec. thru 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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Blackburnian Warbler

Today’s post features one of my favorite warblers that I photographed during the spring warbler migration at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, in norther Ohio … the Blackburnian Warbler.

The Blackburnian Warbler is a very strikingly colorful warbler. Unfortunately, I only saw a few of these jewels in the trees … and most were high in the trees. But I was able to capture a few decent images. Here are some of my favorites:

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Coming up … more warblers from Magee Marsh.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600 (all)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. thru 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Black-Throated Blue Warblers

I’m now back home after a week’s trip to Nebraska and then to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Quite a travel experience … I-29 roads are flooded in some areas, requiring detours, but the trip was otherwise good. I was able to spend some times at the falls in Sioux Falls … I’ll be sharing those images later.

Today’s post features the Black-throated Blue Warbler, which was a new bird for me. Such a colorful warbler! This warbler species was seen quite frequently while I navigated the boardwalk at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located in northern Ohio. Here are a few of my favorite Black-throated Blue Warbler images:

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler male

Black-throated Blue Warbler male

Coming up … more colorful warblers from Magee Marsh!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, shot from 235mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000 and ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. thru 1/800 sec.

 

 

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