Aug 052010

ISO 80; f/5; 1/15; 78.2mm; 8:22 am (Canon SX10 in P mode)

The picture that I wanted that I didn’t get was all of these wild turkeys eating the grass right outside the tent that my niece Devon was still sound asleep in.  She was already unhappy about sleeping in a tent and if she’d woken to these larger-than-life birds….   By the time I grabbed my camera, remembered to remove the lens cap, etc, etc, well the geese were fleeing (another way of taking flight).  I followed them for awhile but the available light only got worse once we were in the woods.

Added vignette. But really it is one more of my blurry NH photos.

Jul 102010

I have been trying to capture the perfect Quail photo for months. You know why I can’t? MOVEMENT! These have got to be the most skittish birds in the desert!

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm (June 28, 2010; 7:44am)

This is one of my better ones.  Good for the theme because you can see the movement in the leg.

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Jul 082010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 67mm; 7:18am (Levels adjusted, some dodging and burning)

I may be stretching the theme a bit here.  You do see how the hummingbird’s back glitters, don’t you?

This hummingbird is a lucky shot… I was in Aperture priority because I wasn’t expecting him and was working on the some flowers in and out of Super Macro mode.

ISO 80; f/4; 1/800; 5mm; 7:14am

Jun 252010

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/160; 100mm; 8:55am

I took this photo in the second week of June and then forgot about it!  Found it while reorganizing and cleaning my files.  I cropped it and did some tweaking in Aperture.

If I seem to be overdoing some themes and avoiding others… uh, you’re right.

Mar 172010

Since I posted the photo of the the Mourning Doves in the basket on the Palm tree, our own cowboy hat nest has hatched a family.  The following photo was taken on March 3, 2010.

An interesting thing happened a day or so later.  A big wind/rain storm was about to come through. The parents of the two babies in the cowboy hat, spent considerable time flying from the hat to the ground and back up again.  Carl thought that they must be trying to get the babies out of the nest. Although, the chicks just seemed too young since the parents were still feeding them.  (I am not showing those pics… doves regurgitate food into their chicks beaks!)

Apparently, it worked.  The nest was empty the morning of the storm.  We worried about our little birds, but on March 9th, we found the chicks under the RV.

We’ve been watching them everyday. The parents also seem to be keeping an eye on them. We worried at first if they would eat on their own since the parents stopped feeding them. Within days, they figured it out.  Hansel first, and then Gretel a day later. For now they are sticking around our site — they stay under our shed and come out in the afternoon and sun themselves.  They are very unafraid of us.

Yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to find this little guy (the top photo) “Hansel” sitting up on the bike handle.  It means he’s figured out what those wings are for! Oh wait! Just now, as I am working on this post, Carl has called me outside.  Tonight, BOTH birds are sitting on the bike handle!  Gretel always seems to be a day behind. (Rather than disturb them, Carl walked over to the dumpster instead of riding his bike.)

We are not supposed to feed the wild life, but yesterday afternoon we bought some bird seed that is especially made for Mourning Doves & Quails. Oh, and a Humming Bird feeder.

Feb 172010

As I’ve mentioned before, it is spring here. One evidence are the Mourning Doves cooing at all times of day, each in their own stages of mating, breeding and raising their “squabs.”  I managed to take a photo of this domesticated scene only hours before the two juvenile birds in this nest were ready to leave home. I assume this is their father in the nest because of the time of day and the fact that the male feeds the juveniles.  But I could be wrong.

I took about fifteen pics trying out different settings on my Canon SD950IS Powershot.  This next pic is a close-up: Continue reading »