No Dirty Bird Here!

Today’s post features a few images from a spring birding photo trip I did in 2012 (I’m currently spending some “Covid Time” reviewing/editing some older images in my database).

The Painted Bunting (male shown in these images) is possibly the most colorful bird we have. Found in the southern U.S., these little birds are quite active and love to take a fresh dip in a waterhole:

Painted Bunting Male bathing

Painted Bunting Male bathing

Painted Bunting Male bathing

When not busy bathing, the male shows it “coat of many colors” to us:

Painted Bunting male

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 500, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. and 1/400 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Getting Impatient!

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured during one of my last Short-eared Owl photo trips to Shawnee Prairie, located in SW Missouri.

These prairie owls frequently migrate south to Missouri prairies during the winter months, before returning to their northern prairies in spring. These guys are so much fun to watch and photograph. I’m planning on several trips to photograph them this year … just patiently waiting for them to show up!

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

I think photographing these little cuties, while social distancing on the prairie, is a nice way to get my exercise and maintain my sanity (what’s left!) … while staying safe!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC (Total 700mm)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/640 sec. and 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Table For 2 Please!

Today’s post features a couple of Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies as they share a “table”, using a zinnia flower as their dinner table:

Silver-spotted Skippers sharing nectar

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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Yellow-bellied Visitors

Today’s post features another butterfly visitor to our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden this past summer, the Cloudless Sulphur. Typically a nice yellow color (as it’s name “sulphur” implies), there seemed to be several that were more white, or pale green, than the standard yellow.

The sulphurs were content on our large zinnia beds, but seemed to favor the wonderful “Blusing Suzy” vines (these are definitely on the list to grow from seed again next year!). Here are a few of my favorite images:

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly

Coming up … more fly-in visitors we hosted this past summer.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. to 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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Spicebush Swallowtails

Today’s post features some of the many (and I mean many!) Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies that visited our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden this summer.  Hardly a day went by without seeing at least 2-3 of these beautiful butterflies:

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

They were frequent visitors to the zinnias and the “Blushing Suzy” flowering vines. Nectar was the name of the game!!!

Coming up … a few more species of butterflies that visited us!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. to 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Fly Me to the Moon!

Today’s “Fun Friday” post was shot a few years ago while I was photographing the night sky at Snowball Hill Prairie, in Missouri. This image was captured around dusk, while there was still a lot of ambient light:

Fly Me to the Moon

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5DMark3 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Colorful Kayak Trip

Today’s post features an image that I ran upon yesterday, while reviewing my past photographic images. A few years ago, while kayaking at a nearby Missouri Conservation Area, I paddled by a beautiful male Prothonotary Warbler:

Prothonotary Warbler

In spring, it is always a joy to kayak one of the nearby waterways and see what new warblers have arrived.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Fall Fishing

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured in the past few days from our boat dock, at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. As bird migrations continue to move birds through the area, this Pied-billed Grebe was an inspiration to me as he swam around the cove, frequently diving to find a fish snack. The beautiful fall color reflections in the water was one of the things that caught my attention:

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

I’m currently reviewing images from the past 5-6 years, posting more images to my website’s photo galleries. As I run across previously unpublished images, I will likely have more content that will be featured in this blog.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter Speed 1/125 sec. and 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Water Jockeys

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured yesterday at our lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). As fish have been very actively lately, the gulls are also active as they seek out the small morsels awaiting them. As one gull sat on our buoy (watching for fish, without expending the energy that flight requires), a second gull swooped in and “bumped” him away from his perch. Jockeying for best position is a common behavior right now:

Gulls jockeying for best position

Gulls jockeying for best position

So many things happening here at the lake right now … beautiful fall colors, birds migrating, so many species of wildlife working to get food stored up for the winter … you never know what you’re going to see!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. and 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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Finally!!!

Today’s post features an image I captured a few weeks ago, from our dock on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. With several migrating Ospreys stopping here for about a week, they were often seen circling above the lake, and diving for fish when one was spotted.

I have tried, unsuccessfully, for several years to capture a decent image of an osprey diving, headfirst, into water. The problem?  First, ospreys are not often seen in Missouri (except for migrating through the state). Second, when the osprey tucks his wings for a dive, he travels extremely fast as he heads for the water. Most of my previous images were either a blur, or captured only part of the osprey, or captured after it was in the water. But this time, I ended up with a “keeper”:

Osprey diving into the lake waters

With all the osprey moved on, I’ll have to wait until next year to continue my lucky streak with them! My next goal is to capture one just as it enters the water … we’ll see what happens.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/750 sec.

 

 

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