Posted on July 6, 2021
I was looking for Dragonflies to photograph at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland, but came across this Monarch Butterfly on this Buttonbush plant. I was using a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIV. I thought it looked interesting hanging upside down on the spherical pincushion blossoms. They are composed of dense clusters of tiny white tubular flowers. Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is often lauded for its utility rather than its beauty. Its commercial introduction in 1735 was primarily for beekeepers (hence, its other common name of honey-bells), who cultivated this deciduous shrub as a pollen and nectar resource for honeybees. This wetland shrub can be found in low-lying areas, swamps, marshes, bogs, and wetlands, and along the edges of ponds, streams, and rivers. It is often used to develop and restore wetlands, control erosion in riparian areas, and create wildlife habitats.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Butterfly, Butterflys, Favorite Locations, Insects, Monarch butterfly, Nature Still Lifes Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, Butterfly, Buttonbush, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, canon 400mm f/4 DO, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, Monarch, Monarch butterfly
Posted on March 18, 2021
A photo of an Osprey bringing nesting materials to the nest on an Osprey Platform along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. This was from a few years ago in May. But can not wait to photograph the Ospreys in the upcoming months along the Wildlife Drive. There are quite a few Osprey Platforms along the Wildlife Drive giving many opportunities to photograph them. You need a fairly long lens unless you want to severely crop your images. These images was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 2X Teleconverter.
Category: Brigantine NWR, Oceanville NJ, Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Favorite Locations, Oceanville NJ, wildlife drive Tagged: Brigantine Division, Brigantine Wildlife Drive, Canon 1D MkIV, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, osprey, Osprey Nest, Osprey nests, Osprey Platform, ospreys, Ospreys Brigantine
Posted on March 9, 2021
An Osprey Flyby image taken on the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. This was from a few years ago and never got around to working on them. Luckily I had time to shoot a vertical image as it quickly flew by providing a frame filling image with very little cropping. Then the Osprey circled back and I got a few more images as it flew by in the opposite direction. Featured image taken with a Canon 400mm f/4DO lens on Canon 1D mkIII. (f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, aperture priority).
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, Wildlife, wildlife drive Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater Wildlife Drive, Canon 1D mkIII1D, Canon 1DmkIII, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, osprey, Osprey Flying, Osprey in Flight
Posted on March 8, 2021
These are from a past trip a couple of years ago in April. I was photographing a Bald Eagle when I noticed a lone American White Pelican heading straight towards me. I started photographing it and was shooting a series of images as it was coming towards me. It banked sharply and landed in the water. After it landed in the water I noticed a whole flock flying in from the side that was apparently following the lone Pelican. So I guess he was the leader of the group. The bright white Pelicans really stood out against the deep blue color of the water. Also you can see the lone American White Pelican was in Breeding Plumage with the fibrous epidermal plate on it’s upper mandibles about one third of the way up their bills. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII.
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, Wildlife, wildlife drive Tagged: American White Pelican Flying, American White Pelicans, blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, BWR Wildlife Drive, Canon 1DmkIII, Canon 2X teleconverter, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens
Posted on January 24, 2021
Still going through backup drives to look for interesting images to post. Back in 2007 I heard there was a Snowy Owl in the Piermont NYC Metro Area. Piermont is a Rockland County town tucked in along the Hudson River, just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. There were tall pilings far out in the water where it seemed it liked to hang out from what we heard. When I got there it was on top of a telephone pole near the edge of the water. It then flew out to the pilings farther out in the water which looked nicer for photos. I shot a series of images and then left since a huge crowd was assembling and did not want to be the middle of it. Image taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkII.
Posted on November 19, 2020
I was going through bird images looking for one to post instead of more landscapes. I came across this image of a Tricolored Heron. This was from a small local Wildlife Area where I used to live and was a not a common visitor to this small lake. Image taken in early evening with a 400mm f/4 DO lens @ f/4.5, 1/160 sec.
Posted on October 31, 2020
I was going through backup Hard Drives, cleaning up files I do not need and found these images of an Immature Little Green Heron in the trees near it’s nest. These were from The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ in 2007. I was using a Canon 1D mkIII with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter, giving me 800mm to help fill the frame with the immature Little Green Heron. It was fun to get some frame filling images of this immature Little Green Heron. Usually they are very timid and not out in the open.
Posted on August 27, 2020
A close flyby image of a Brown Pelican from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. I was purging files from backup hard disks and thought this was an interesting image of the Brown Pelican to post here. Image taken with a 400mm Canon DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.
Posted on July 24, 2020
It seems like Great Blue Herons just glide along in flight for being such a large bird. They do have quite a wide wingspan from ~ 5.5 to 6.6 ft. They can cruise @ 20-30 miles per hour. So they are fun photo subjects especially if they are flying around a small lake and you have long lenses!
Posted on June 27, 2020
An assortment of Dragonfly closeups focusing on their eye & face details. Images taken with 300mm & 400mm lenses with extension tubes.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Celery Farm, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Dragonflies, yard & pond Tagged: Blue Dasher Dragonfly, blue dasher Female dragonfly, canon 1.4x teleconverter series III, canon 300mm f/4 IS lens, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, Eastern Pondhawk, extension tubes