Mute Swans

Here are a series of Swan images that I photographed years ago. Many are from a very small Natural Area near where I used to live. Since it had a small lake there were many times you could get nice frame filling images of them. I know many do not like Mute Swans, but I thought they were interesting photo subjects and were fun to photograph.Swan no11 v3Mute_Swans_TO_v1 v4Swan_touchDown_v2_altSwan Flapping_Wings v3Swans fall_Flt_ v3Mute_Swan_v1 v4Swans_Flit_Blur_v1Swan cover_print

Red-Winged Blackbirds With Setting Sun

This image is a little different from a previous post as it is Red-winged Blackbirds flying out in the early evening against a setting sun. Image shot at 800mm.

Colorful Sunrise Flyout

I am going through files looking for images I had not posted before. These are from a local wildlife area where we used to live. Early in the morning hundreds of blackbirds would fly out at sunrise. With the colorful sky and clouds it was an interesting sight to see, plus the sound was interesting also. BlkBrds_TO_AM_v1_CF_JY9F0391

Bird Pattern In Ice

I am cleaning up some of my old backup drives, eliminating duplicate files and just generally deleting unnecessary files. And in the process, I also found interesting files to post here. I liked ice images I recently saw on Stephen Gingold Nature Photography Blog. I found a series of ice images from about 10+ years ago. So I thought I would post some here. The featured image was a 2 shot pano captured with a Canon 70-300mm DO lens @ 300mm, aligned & blended in Photoshop. Also the featured image was photographed in early morning cooler light. It reminded me of a Bird with the beak to the left.

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Multi-Image Staggered Ice focus stack @ 300mm, 1.4x Teleconverter

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Lower Section of “bird” Ice Montage @ 235mm

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Ice Detail @ 300mm

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Ice Patterns @ 300mm

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Ice Patterns @ 300mm

 

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!

Mute Swan TakeOff

Swans seem to need a lot of space to take off! Plus the sound of the takeoff is impressive. Their feet slapping on the water and their wings flapping make quite an interesting sound  for an interesting takeoff to photograph.

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Osprey With Fish

I used to live close to this small Nature area in Northern NJ. It was about 100 acres with a small lake and walking trails. With the small lake you could get some good photos of Ospreys fishing there in early morning and evening. The most Ospreys I saw there flying at one time was 5. You still needed a fairly long lens to get close images of them by or in the water.

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