Belted Kingfisher Fishing

I am cleaning up and going through my external hard drives and came upon this image of a Belted Kingfisher trying to catch a meal, photographed years ago. This is an image as it hit the water. It is interesting to see the large water splash from the impact of the small Kingfisher! Unfortunately it is a severe crop because it was on the other side of a small lake, but I still thought it was interesting to see. So please excuse the “roughness” of the image!

Alligators From Ding Darling NWR

I am going through my backup drives trying to clean out files for the New Year that are not needed or duplicates. But in the process I am finding files I have not used or adjusted. Work always seemed to get in the way! Here are a few from a trip years ago in 2011 to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens on a Canon 7D. We were walking the Indigo Trail & Cross Dike Trail and came upon a couple of alligators sunning themselves. The featured image with the alligator was in the shade under some branches near the edge of the water as we walked past. For some reason it seems like it is almost smiling in the images.

Alligator_FL 400mm v1_MG_1958

Same Alligator from farther away before I decided to get closer.   ( 400mm, Canon 7D )

This Alligator below was further down the trail from the featured Alligator. Again I shot 2 images for the panorama. I have since changed my technique by shooting more images for my panoramas. With adding more images for the panorama at different focus points, I can use an f/stop of f/8 or so. This way I get a more even focus across the whole panorama. If I do not need them I just skip to the next frame in the series of images. But at least I know I have enough images to use for making the pano. It is amazing how fast these alligators can move when they want to.

Alligator_2img vert_pano_v2_400mmUntitled-1

Another Alligator further down the trail – 2 – 400mm images stacked panorama @ f/11, assembled in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

Ospreys In Flight

One of my favorite photo subjects are Ospreys in flight. Over the years I have enjoyed photographing them in many different locations. Quite often you can see in the photos their eyes keeping an eye on you. The featured image was taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Featured image was taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter. Other photo locations for the images here were the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Briganine Division and The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ.

Osprey v2_BWR_MA_1135Osprey_Flt_v1_MA_9127Osprey_v4_Bwr_MA_9277Osprey v1_BWR_MA_9190Osprey v2_BWR_MA_1135 copyOsprey_w_lunch v3 Brig_MG_5903Osprey _v1_BWR_MA_9261

osprey 1test

Osprey In Flight

I was going through some older backup drives and found these files I never worked on from a Blackwater NWR trip about 8 years ago. I remember them now because these were taken on the Wildlife Drive when there used to be an Osprey platform close to the Wildlife Drive. This Osprey Platform was near the last turn before the straight way to the exit. This Osprey put on quite an aerial show. It was so close I clipped its wings a few times. I did not want to stay too long in case I was bothering the nest. But it was so close to the busy Wildlife Drive I would think it was used to cars. Maybe that is why it is now gone.

Osprey _v1_BWR_MA_9261Osprey v2_BWR_MA_9240Osprey v1_BWR_MA_9263Osprey_Flt_BWR v1_MA_9264Osprey v2_MA_9265Osprey_v3_BWR_MA_9270Osprey_v1_BWR_MA_9267Osprey_Flt_v1_MA_9127_MA_9139Osprey_Flt v1_MA_9146Osprey_v4_Bwr_MA_9277

 

Buckeye Butterfly @ Plainsbore Preserve

While we were looking for photo subjects at Plainsboro Preserve, I spotted this Buckeye Butterfly working this flower. The Butterflies and Dragonflies all seem to have a look of wear & tear now this time of year. But it is still fun to get some photos. I was using a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with an extension tube for closer focusing. This Buckeye had quite a bit of wing damage.

Buckeye Butterfly_v2_PP_43G4620Buckeye_Butterfly_sm_43G4565Buckeye_Butterfly_43G4567 v1aBuckeye_Butterfly v2_43G4564

 

More Sandhill Cranes From Lake Woodruff NWR, Florida

I am still going through images from Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge on Florida from our trip there. It was nice to see a few Sandhill Cranes as we walked around the Refuge. This pair had a colt (Sandhill Crane chick) with them. We kept a considerable distance from them, but we were surprised they were so non-concerned about our presence there. They just concentrated on foraging in the grasses. I was using my backup camera with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 1.4X teleconverter for a focal length of 560mm. So we were not really that close to them. When you see them on the ground it is amazing how large they really are! When you photograph them flying or far off in the distance you know they are large, but seem even bigger when you are closer to them.

Sandhill_Cranes_v2_LW_4_19_560mm_0544_2img panoSandhill_Crane_LW_v3_4_19_560mm_43G0413Sandhill_Crane_v1_LW_4_19_560mm_43G0380Sandhill_Crane_v2_LW_4_19_560mm_43G0349Sandhill_Crane_v2_LW_4_19_560mm_43G0371Sandhill_Crane_w_colt_v2_4_19_560mm_43G0443Sandhill_Crane_w_colt_v2_4_19_560mm_43G0472Sandhill_Cranes_v2_LW_4_19_560mm_43G0495

 

Sandhill Crane Flyby from Lake Woodruff NWR

Here are a few more images from our photo trip to Florida. We picked a few of our favorite locations to visit plus some we passed along the way. Years ago we liked Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, Florida. It had suffered quite a bit of damage from hurricanes years ago. We have not been back for many years since then. So on our way home we stopped at Lake Woodruff NWR to see how it was and see what we could find to photograph. It is a huge refuge at 22,000 acres. The refuge contains a myriad of habitats, among them are marshes, swamps, creeks, hammocks and uplands.

Some of our favorite subjects here are the Sandhill Cranes & Swallow-tailed kites. You usually do not see them often at other refuges in Florida. On a previous trip years ago we saw a Whooping Crane in with the large flock of Sandhill Cranes. It was fun to see and photograph them, especially flying by.

On this trip we only saw 1 pair of Sandhill Cranes with a colt walking along the dykes and another one that did a close flyby.  I will start with the flyby images of the Sandhill Crane.

Sandhill Crane_LW_v4_43G0089Sandhill Crane_LW_v3_43G0088Sandhill Crane_LW_v3_43G0086Sandhill Crane_LW_v2_43G0085Sandhill Crane_LW_v2_43G0084

 

%d bloggers like this: