Fun Friday: Food Fight on the Prairie

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from a recent photo trip to Shawnee Trails Conservation Area, located in southwestern Missouri. During the winters, I frequently visit this Missouri Conservation Area to photograph wintering Short-eared Owls. On my last trip there, I was set up and waiting for the owl activity to begin, when I saw several Norther Harrier hawks flying low over the prairies, watching for field mice and voles.

At one point, I observed one harrier chasing another one, high overhead. I turned my camera towards this pair of hawks and started photographing. As I later edited these images, I quickly saw what the activity was about … one of the hawks had a vole and the second hawk was trying to pirate it from the first, causing the vole to be dropped from his talons:

Northern Harrier Hawks

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Thinking in the Future

Been busy looking at a long term photo schedule. After little hesitation, I decided I needed to go back next winter to Florida … catch some rays and also some beautiful birds, like this Great Egret I captured during my last visit to the Venice Rookery:

Great Egret landing

And yes, the Venice Rookery is on my list for 2020!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter 1/8000 sec.

 

 

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Old Swinging Bridge

Today’s post was captured back in December, while exploring the area around the Lake of the Ozarks. This “old swinging bridge” was located in a very rural area of the lake. Although this is not a true nature photograph, I really love the design of this old bridge … wonder what it would look like in fall colors!

Swinging Bridge

Swinging Bridge

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. and 1/90 sec.

 

 

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Night Life at the Lake

Here is a recent night scene I shot at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri).  This scene was part of the many images I captured during the February Total Lunar Eclipse … other images to follow:

Beautiful night over the Lake of the Ozarks

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/3.5 (?)
  • Shutter 4 seconds

 

 

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Snowscape at the Lake

Today’s post features some snowy landscape images I captured at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO) last week. I was intent on capturing the “Super Snow Moon”, but instead only got the snow … with a bit of sleet!

From my friend Bobbie’s lake house, this was the beauty seen when looking over the lake:

Snow at the Lake

Snow at the Lake

Did you notice the Great Blue Heron in the previous image? I posted some nice captures of him in an earlier blog post (if you missed it, you can check it out at here:  http://blog.showmenaturephotography.com/22278/blog/ridin-the-storm-out/)

Snow at the Lake

Snow at the Lake

Coming up … some captures of the January 20 total lunar eclipse, shot from this same location.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/15 sec. to 1/90 sec.

 

 

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“Ridin’ The Storm Out”

Today’s post comes from this past week, from the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri.  I had traveled to the lake to shoot the “Super Snow Moon” as it rose over the Lake.  I had a wonderful view and location all ready for the big event. But as so often happens, Mother Nature decided to throw me a curve ball … er, a snow ball! With snow and sleet, and cloud-filled skies, no Snow Moon was to be captured that evening!  But I did get a chance to shoot a rather patient Great Blue Heron along the lake’s edge:

Great Blue Heron in Snowstorm

Great Blue Heron in snowstorm

Soon, I will be sharing a few images I captured at the lake of the snowy landscape.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. (top photo) and 1/800 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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2019 Short-eared Owls

Well, I’m back! For those that have wondered about my absence, let me just say that I’ve been through some interesting times lately. I received an email from a “hacker”, informing me that my website had been hacked and I was being extorted for $$. Well, taking this seriously, I decided to not post anything while I thoroughly checked things out. I am happy to report that my computers have been thoroughly checked out and any potential malware removed. I have also taken some additional precautions with my website, adding more security measures there. So, I should be good to go again!

Today’s post features some images I captured about 3 weeks ago, at Shawnee Trails Conservation Area in southwest Missouri. When we have a really cold winter, I can usually find some Short-eared Owls here, that have migrated south for the winter. Here are a few of my favorites:

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

As time allows, I hope to make another trip for more owl images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3021 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO variable
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter variable

 

 

 

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2018 Highlights – June

June was a month devoted to working in my rural Missouri butterfly garden, and photographing a very small, White-tailed Deer fawn with momma, that visited my front yard regularly:

White-tailed Fawn

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar:

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Indian Pink wildflowers in my Hummingbird Garden:

Indian Pink wildflowers

July turned out to be an interesting photographic month … I’ll post some of my favorite July adventures in the next post!

 

 

 

 

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2018 Highlights – May

As I continue through my 2018 journey highlights, May’s dominant theme was wildflowers and warblers, both becoming quite common in this late spring month. My adventures included visiting three new prairies and one new Missouri Conservation Area, and of course, my “regular” nearby kayak locations:

Prairie Larkspur:

Prairie Larkspur wildflowers

Indian Paintbrush:

Indian Paintbrush

Ox-Eye Daisies:

Ox-Eye Daisy wildflowers

Common Yellowthroat Warbler:

Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Woodland Fern unfurling:

Woodland Fern unfurling

Woodland Fern unfurling

Jack-in-the-Pulpit wildflowers:

Jack-in-the-Pulpit wildflower

Next up … June highlights!

 

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2018 Highlights – March & April

Continuing with my favorite experiences and images of 2018, this post features images captured in March and April. March was pretty slow with regards to photography … I was busy with business income taxes, primarily. But by the end of March, and continuing into April, bulb plants, and then woodland wildflowers really started showing up!

Variegated False Solomon's Seal

Variegated False Solomon's Seal

Grape Hyacinth in bloom

Daffodil in bloom

Daffodil in bloom

Jack-in-the-Pulpit wildflower

Woodland Fern unfurling

 

 

 

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