Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Well Millennium Park is a wonderful place and is probably great for birding in the spring - fall, but today it did not yield the results we hoped for. Maybe that was because it was so cold. Maybe we were looking in the wrong area. Maybe we were just unlucky. We did, however, encounter a couple of cooperative woodpeckers which kept us from being totally shut out.
This Downy Woodpecker flew into the reeds next to the path, less than 20 feet from us. He didn't seem at all bothered by people. I guess he was pretty low on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. It was tough to get clean photos, but I attempted to get some environmental shots.
Taking a detouring route on the way home, we stopped by Mt. Auburn Cemetery, looking to satisfy our longing for owls. We did find a Great Horned Owl in the Dell, unfortunately it was far away in pretty deep shade.
After lunch I was playing around with "The Photographer's Ephemeris" and discovered that the dell would be in the sun in the late afternoon. Hoping it hadn't moved, I headed back to attempt to get some photos. Thankfully, I was able to get a couple photos with its eyes open.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A bit further down the beach, we started to look for a snowy owl. Amazingly as I lifted my binoculars to my eyes it was directly in my view! It was sitting on a pile of drift wood in the middle of the beach. We had to walk in a very large semi-circle to get on the correct side of the bird to not be shooting back into the sun.
While firing off a few "record shots" and checking my highlight warnings, I noticed the strange icon alerting me that I wasn't recording my photos. After inserting a memory card, the day got better.
Soon it bored of watching us and flew to a decidedly unphotographic location. So we continued our wandering to see if we could find more subjects. Unsuccessful we wandered back. The Snowy Owl had migrated to a much more photographic location. It seemed to take a momentary interest in a flock of Snow Buntings that flew by. After a quick fly by it settled in again.
With the sun high in the sky we began the long trudge back to the car. Thankfully along the way we encountered these Snow Buntings feeding. That kept their attention off of us allowing for some interesting photos
Sunday, January 1, 2012
You see our friends Dan and Susan had shared the location of a wonderful old building and gas pump. Thankfully, we were able to arrive shortly before the storm. It was a race to capture the images and work the scene prior to the light disappearing and the rains arrival. Thankfully, with a subject this good the images almost take themselves.
With the camera gear safely stowed, we broke out the remaining Christmas cookies and set off for Boston. Nearing civilization we started searching for a radio station broadcasting the Bills v. Patriots game. Overall, it was a quite successful day.