Montana High-Rise

Today’s post comes from one of my many visits to the Lee Metcalf NWR in southwest Montana. Not far from Missoula, the refuge is nestled at the foot of the mountains. While driving around the refuge, this Great Blue Heron rookery was observed at the top of a tall pine (?) tree:

Great Blue Heron rookery

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/400 sec.

 

 

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Head in the Clouds

Today’s post features some morning landscape photos I captured in Glacier National Park (Montana) a few years ago.  Made me “homesick” for the mountains as I prepared this blog post!

In early morning, at high altitude on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the landscape can often be quite dramatic:

Early morning in Glacier NP, Montana

Low clouds over St. Mary's Lake in Glacier NP, Montana

 

Once the sun is up and the clouds dissipate, the view can be equally awesome:

Glacier NP landscape

I’m hoping to get another trip there within the next couple of years!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, IS lens, at 105 mm to 122 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/16 and f/22
  • Shutter Speed 1/30 sec. to 1/60 sec.

 

 

 

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Fun Friday: Can U C Me Now?

The image from today’s post comes from a visit I had a few years ago to the Venice bird rookery, in Venice, Florida. As you can see, many birds call this rookery home, overnight:

Venice Rookery at Night

Many different species in this single image … primarily, White Ibis are present, but you can also see Great Blue Herons, a Tri-colored Heron, Glossy Ibis, Great Egrets, and a few unrecognizable species in the dark shadows.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, at 100 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On” + flash used
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed 1/300 sec.

 

 

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Returning Home

Today’s post features another image I captured while visiting the Venice bird rookery (in 2014). While photographing the many birds at the rookery, this Great Blue Heron flew back to the nesting grounds and prepares to land :

Great Blue Heron

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Framed in Red

Today’s post features a pair of nesting Great Egrets, in brilliant breeding plumage, that I captured a few years ago at the Venice Rookery, in Venice, Florida.

Great Egret nesting pair

The red-berried plant is a Brazilian Pepper. Although quite photogenic, it’s roots are many and can extend for long distances to drink up water, making it an unwanted, invasive plant.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter Speed 1/100 sec.

 

 

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Florida’s Swamp Bird

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured a few years ago in the Everglades National Park (Florida). The Anhinga is a fun bird to watch as it “snakes” through the swamp waters, to find/catch fish. The adult male, as shown in these two photos, are especially colorful in their breeding plumage … I just love the beautiful, turquoise eye patch:

Male Anhinga, in breeding plumage

After exiting the water, they typically perch with outstretched wings to dry them off:

Male Anhinga, in breeding plumage

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. and 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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Seeing Double Vision

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured a few years ago as I photographed early morning bird activity along the Myakka River (in Myakka River State Park, Florida).

When the waters are calm, there can be some rather nice reflections in the river.

Black-crowned Night Heron:

Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Egret:

Great Egret

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600 (night heron) and ISO 640 (egret)
  • Aperture f/11 (night heron) and Aperture f/9 (egret)
  • Shutter Speed 1/60 sec. (night heron) and 1/2500 (egret)

 

 

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Blurred Vision

Today’s post features a Wood Stork as it prepares to land in some lush, green vegetation along the Myakka River (Myakka River State Park, Florida) when I visited there a few years ago. I normally don’t like to even attempt “image blurs”, as they are not my thing. However, the low, early morning light made it tempting to try a few blurs. This was one of my favorites:

Wood Stork preparing to land

As I stated above, I’m not a big fan of blurred images, but this one caught my attention. Why? After much thought, I think the main reason I like this one is due to the contrast of a black/white bird against a relatively constant, green background. After all of this, I’m still not a big fan of blurs, but sometimes it is refreshing and exciting just to try something new!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter Speed 1/30 sec.

 

 

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Duck, Duck, Goose, …

… Deer?

Today’s post features an interesting shot I captured while photographing migrating Whooping Cranes at Quivira NWR, in central Kansas a few years ago.

While driving around the refuge, I came upon a bunch of ducks and geese, with a White-tailed deer buck following a doe through the refuge waters. Being late fall, the deer rut was in full swing and this guy had his eyes on this little lady:

White-tailed Deer in rut

Unfortunately, the whooping cranes had left the refuge, the night before this image was captured, as a hail storm came through the area.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/640 sec.

 

 

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Surrounded by Ears

Today’s post features an image I captured a few days ago on our boat dock at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). We have several potted plants on the dock, including a couple of very large pots of Elephant Ears. We’ve been planting these bulbs for a couple of years, but this year yielded a special surprise … both pots have plants that bloomed!

Here is one of the blooms that was covered up by the large ears of the plant:

Elephant Ear plant, with bloom

We’ve been watching to see if we can get some seeds off the plant, but so far we’ve been unable to find any. It seems that maybe the flowers are not being pollinated (?). But no harm, still a nice sight to see!

 

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/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/750 sec.

 

 

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