Saturday, January 21, 2012

Experiments with Lenses and Birds

Yesterday I borrowed Elisabeths' Sigma 150-500 mm lens and attached my 2x adaptor to it for an experiment with lenses and distance ( with the 2x adaptor it gives me a 1000mm lens ) on my Nikon D50 DSLR are some of the results in that endeavor to capture small objects from a longer distance and still get clarity.

As Always you can click on any photograph to enlarge for a much better view.

The first 4 photographs are of a cute little Carolina Chickadee that came to our feeder and I shot his photo from about 300 ft. away..he is very tiny and only about 4 1/2" long.

The next photographs ( 3 ) are of an Eastern Pewee ( a Sparrow sized Flycatcher )
Taken from around 1000 ft. away with the same lens set up as previous photographs.

 Looks like a "Bad Hair Day" for this little fellow.. ( Humor injected here )

This next photograph is of a White Crowned Sparrow that stopped at our feeder to have his photo taken...great pose..thank you

This Bird also stopped at our feeder..but as of yet I haven't figured out what species he is..he stopped by the feeder along with the above bird, but I do not think he is of same species...still researching..if you know the answer..please email me.

Thank you for stopping by my blog..all comments are greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A day with my friend the Red Tail Hawk

My Post today is of my afternoon spent with my long time friend the Red Tail Hawk.

I walked out  to the garden on the hill behind cabin and noticed my friend sitting in a tree,so I went back into the house and grabbed my camera with my faithful 70-300 VR lens on it and proceeded to photograph my friend who so decided to cooperate with me and pose for me for a while before flying off to a more distant tree about 500 ft. farther away and then posing there.

The first photographs were taken just about 1000 ft. away from where I was standing.

As usual you may click on the photographs to enlarge for a better view.

The start of the shoot

Next..zooming up a bit closer

Caught him in flight just as he was leaving the first tree to one farther down the field

Still in flight..just as he was making the turn to land in the other tree.

Landing in the Pine tree

Taking a look around just after he landed

Adjusting his stance in preparation to turn around

Getting ready to turn

A bit hard not to fall off while turning

Getting his balance while turning

Finally turned and facing me now and continued to hunt for his lunch.