Northern Cardinal Outside Our Front Door

For a while now we have been enjoying the visiting birds on the top of our neighbors tree across from our front door. Today it was a very colorful male Northern Cardinal. So I shot a series of images using a Tamron 150-600mm lens with a Sigma 2X teleconverter on a Canon R. This gave me a final focal length of 1200mm so I upped my ISO since I was handholding the camera. The Canon R autofocused fine with this combination. Images were taken @ 1/500 sec, f/11, 1000 ISO. As I was photographing him, he kept an eye on me in the first few minutes. After a while he just kept looking to the left & right.

More Bald Eagles From Blackwater NWR

During our visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland we did see quite a few Bald Eagles flying in the distance. But many not close enough to photograph. We did finally find a few to get somewhat closer images. These images are also cropped in quite a lot to have the Bald Eagles large enough to see in the image. The Featured Bald Eagle was in a tree by the Entrance to the Wildlife Drive.

Bald Eagle on branch, image @ 600m, Canon R

Blackwater NWR Mergansers

On our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, I was looking for some different photo subjects than the usual ones we see. I did find some Mergansers in different areas along the Wildlife Drive. The Featured Image is a Hooded Merganser. It was swimming in a small water channel under a bunch of trees so I hardly could make it out in the shadows. It was just one black blob moving in the water so I adjusted my exposure in the camera to +1 stop hoping that would be enough to get some detail. Then when working on the image in Adobe Camera Raw, adjust the shadows in the Raw file to bring out more detail in the shadows and reduce the noise in the image. So it seemed to work out ok. This was taken with a Canon R with a 150-600mm lens @ 600mm. Then near the end of the Wildlife Drive I found a pair (male & female) of Common Mergansers swimming in the channel.

Female & Male Common Mergansers, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm, @600mm, heavy crop to image

Blackwater NWR Snow Geese In-Flight Panoramas

On our visit to Blackwater NWR we saw quite a few large groups of Tundra Swans & Canada Geese, but I was looking for large groups of Snow Geese. There was one large group way out in the Blackwater River, but none close to photograph. Also saw one large group in the distance behind the Visitor Center but could not get a clear image of them from the Wildlife Drive. After driving one loop of the Wildlife Drive we stopped by the Visitor Center to photograph a large group of Canada Geese in the fields by the Center. Then off to the left of the Visitor Center I noticed a large group of Snow Geese flying in. It was still early so I liked the color of the sky behind them. When photographing multi-image panoramas of flying birds I tend to photograph them from the far end of the direction they are flying and shoot my series as quickly as I can. So if the group is flying to the right, I start my series on the far left and shoot quickly going along with them to the right to capture the whole group. If you go the opposite way you get more uneven spacing and more spacing between the birds in the group. Which is harder to touch up for the final image. The featured image is 5 images shot with a Tamron 150-600mm @600mm on a Canon R. These are about 80 – 122 inches for the original file, so making them so small in length for the post I loose some detail in the image.

Snow Geese Panorama, 19 Image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R
Snow Geese Panorama, 15 Image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 309mm, Canon R (final image 122 inches)
Snow Geese Panorama, 8 Image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R

Blackwater NWR Bald Eagle Nest

We finally decided to do a day trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland. Once there we mainly photographed from the car on the Wildlife Drive. Most of the large flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans & Canada Geese were quite far out from the Wildlife Drive so I concentrated on what I could photograph. Also large flocks of birds flying were also off in the distance. There were some smaller groups of birds so I also did some smaller multi-image landscapes of the scattered birds to fill the image so it was more interesting. We did see quite a few Bald Eagles but all were very far off either flying high or in distant trees. Even photographing @600mm I had to crop some the images significantly. But I also did get a lot of multi-image landscape panoramas with my iPhone since the cloud formations were amazing on this visit. This featured Bald Eagle nest was on the final leg of the Wildlife Drive near the exit across from Pool 5B. The nest image was a 3 image panorama @600mm, then slightly cropped to center the nest. I could have fit it in 2 images, but it seems to blend better with an extra image. The nest was a little further down from where I photographed the Bald Eagle below.

Bald Eagle near a nest along the end of the Wildlife Drive (150-600mm, @600mm, Canon R, severe crop of image)
Bald Eagle near a nest along the end of the Wildlife Drive (150-600mm, @600mm, Canon R, severe crop of image)

Lake Mc_Cormack Panorama

When we were photographing the trees with strong shadows at Plainsboro Preserve for the previous post, I also shot a series of 7 vertical images of Lake McCormack @17mm for a wide panorama. When shooting at wide @ 17mm, I overlap my series of images more than my usual overlapping if using a longer lens.

Bench By Waters Edge, 50 acre Lake McCormack, 17-40mm lens @40mm

Audubon Plainsboro Preserve Winter Landscapes With Strong Shadows

We decided to go for a walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve and see what we could find to photograph. The sun was somewhat low but that made long shadows in the landscapes and great starbursts on the lower sun in the sky. I was using one of my lenses that I do not use much – the Canon 17-40 mm lens.

Audubon Plainsboro Preserve,3 image Panorama, Canon 17-40mm @ 19mm, Canon R
Audubon Plainsboro Preserve, 3 Horizontal Images @17mm, stacked vertically, Canon R
Plainsboro Preserve Landscape Panorama, 4 Horizontal Images @ 17mm, Canon R
Plainsboro Preserve 2 Image Panorama, Canon 17-40mm @17mm, Canon R
Beaver Felled Trees Panorama, 8 Image Panorama, 17-40mm lens @ 40mm, Canon R
Trees with Shadows & Lake McCormack In Background, 2 Image Panorama @ 17-40mm @ 17mm, Canon R
Low Sun Lighting Small Tree with Yellow Leaves – 17-40mm @ 17mm, Canon R

TriColored Heron On Nest

A portrait of a TriColored Heron on a nest at the St. Augustine Rookery. Image taken with a 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm on a Canon R.

Hope Everyone Had a Safe & Wonderful New Year and looking forward to seeing your images in the New Year!

Roseate Spoonbill Closeup

Since we are not traveling to go to Florida this year, I am going through my images from past trips there. The featured Roseate Spoonbill image is a 2 image panorama taken with a Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm on a Canon R. I zoomed in close to get a full image of the Spoonbill’s head, so while getting that image I thought I should do a pano and include more of the body also. This Spoonbill was near it’s nest so I was able to get a few images of the young Spoonbills trying to get a meal from the parent.

Young Spoonbills Feeding At Nest, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 309mm
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks In Nest,Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R,

Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden Landscapes

As you are entering Magnolia Gardens Audubon Swamp Garden you are walking along the Ashley River. The featured landscape is a 4 image panorama taken @ 14mm with a 14-140mm on an Olympus OM-D-E m1. As you are walking here you can see a lot of birds and some alligators on the other side of the path. It is a large open area so some of the Wildlife is far off in the distance, but you can see some birds & alligators close up if you are patient. Sometimes the Alligators are too close-up!

Fallen Tree with clouds, 14-140mm lens @14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views from Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Magnolia Swamp Garden view, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Trees Along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Magnolia Swamp Garden View, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
View of Swamp & Boardwalk, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Alligator with baby Alligator, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 182mm, Canon R
Swamp Garden Path, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Immature Little Blue Heron, Magnolia Swamp Garden, Near the beginning of the Waterfowl Refuge and Swamp, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm , Canon R.
This was taken in the large open area before the boardwalk through the Swamp Garden.
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