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Archive for January, 2019

2019—Three’s Company

A trio of Snow Geese gets ready to land at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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2019—Eye on the Prize

On another visit to Lake Natoma I found about a dozen gulls, all California and Ring-billed Gulls, swarming around a family that brought some bread to feed the birds.  They told me they came to see ducks and there were a few mallards there but the gulls dominated the area and overwhelmed the ducks.  This California Gull has its eye on the prize as it floats down to retrieve a crust of bread.

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2019—Colored Glasses

My Christmas light challenge resulted in lots of images that reminded me of other things.  This one in particular looks like a collection of women’s eyeglasses from the 1950’s. My first pair of glasses looked like the blue ones in this image.

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2019—Keeping Pace

We watched this pair of bull Moose in Chugach State Park in Anchorage, AK as they walked up the slope, keeping pace with each other.  It was not just a friendly walk.   As they lumbered up the hill side by side, they each eyed the other and swayed their massive rack of antlers in a sign of aggression.

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2019—Variation on a Swoosh

The swoosh I posted a few days ago was just one of several photographs I took of colored lights.  I mounted the lights in a row on black mat board and used my 500mm lens and Nikon D850 camersa with the ISO at 64, the aperture set to f/20, and exposure compensation at -3.7.  In Aperture Priority, this setting gave me a slow shutter speed of 1 second. Then, I moved across the room to a distance that would accommodate the 500mm lens whose minimum focusing distance is 9.8 feet, braced myself, and moved the camera.  Some of the results, like this one, really intrigued me.

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2019—Juvenile Gull

I don’t considser myself a birder.  I consider myself a photographer who photographs birds.  But, I love watching bird behavior and learning to identify them and whenever I post a photograph of a bird, I try to accurately identify it.  Sometimes I’m stumped.  Today’s post is one of those times.  I know this is a gull.  I think it’s a 1st winter California Gull, based on my Sibley Guide to Birds.  I’m basing this on the brown feathers on its head, breast, and wings and the white eye ring which are shown in the guide as  features of first winter juvenile California Gulls.  But, the tail feathers are confusing me.  The dark band on the tail feathers with white at the tip is shown as a feature of juvenile Ring-billed Gulls.  But the dark iris is a feature of a California Gull.  So, I’ll just call this one a Juvenile Gull.

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2019—Imposing Figure

It’s a Ring-billed Gull but from this angle it looks rather imposing, very raptor-like.

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2019—Sticking the Landing

This California Gull looks like it knows it is going to “stick” the landing.

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2019—Early Signs?

The gulls at Lake Natoma were so close I couldn’t always manage to fit them entirely in the frame, like this Ring-billed Gull flying toward me.  The wingtips are out of the frame but the shot showcases the gull’s facial features like the pale iris with a red orbital ring around it, the broad black ring on the bill, and the red gape, the fleshy area at the base of the bill.  My Sibley Guide to Birds indicates that the red orbital eye ring and the red gape are breeding indicators but that is not supposed to start until April , not early January.   I guess these are early signs.

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2019—Swoosh

A challenge to use my 500mm lens to showcase colored Christmas lights without showcasing the holiday itself resulted in this swoosh.

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