Day 81 – Great Blue Heron

GBH2Well, I really do need to go out and shoot some new material and it looks like the weather will be improving this week so I will have the opportunity. This was from my first day in California at the Colusa National Wildlife refuge. The heron was pretty far away even for a 600mm lens and I had to crop this alot. It still looks pretty good at high resolution but not to happy with the jpeg version.

Day 80 – Birdhouse

BirdhouseWell, I think I have milked the California trip images for about as long as I dare. The good news is signs of spring are starting to pop up in the form or crocuses, the weather looks pretty good next week and I still need to get back to the Klamath Basin before the eagles fly away.

This birdhouse I found at the gift shop at the Santa Barbara botanic garden. It took a little cropping, a lot of exposure adjustment and some texture treatment to get it to where I felt it was worthy of posting. Still on the fence about whether I would hang it on my wall.

Day 74 – Merganser

Here is aMergansernother duck from yesterday’s outing. This Merganser was hard on the heels of his lady love. Guess it is that time of year for ducks too.

These guys move very fast and I had to pan to get a sharp shot. Many failures in that regard but this one actually turned out!

Day 73 – Wood Duck

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I decided it was time for some new material and headed down to Lithia Park to look for Wood Ducks. Found them, along with some Mergansers and Mallards. I’m pretty happy with this image because they move pretty fast and getting one sharp in the water is a bit of challenge.

Day 55 – Snowy Egret

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OK, hang onto your hats, things are about to get interesting. This is the first day of a two week winter escape to California. First stop Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. this Snowy Egret was happy to go about his business while I clicked happily away. Hard to choose from the many nice images and the detail in the feathers captured by the 7D Mark II is still blowing me away!

Day 53 – Golden Crowned Sparrow

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Yesterday, for the first time in, Ah, hem, 52 days, it wasn’t rainy or windy. So, I hurried on down to North Mountain Park to see if I could find any birds to photograph. They were few and far between and jumping around alot. But I did find a few sparrows and Juncos gathered around the bird feeders. ¬†Looks like this one was sampling a rock though.

Day 34 – Acorn Woodpecker

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Finally a day that was dry enough and warm enough and not too windy for a photo walk. The birds were enjoying the weather too, especially the woodpeckers. The light was flat and I was shooting at 1600 ISO so I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get this guy looking good enough for the internet. Exposure adjustment, denoising, saturation added and ultimately a BuzSim treatment in Topaz simplify finally brought him to life in a way I could be happy with. Oh, and did I mention cropping? Heavy, heavy cropping on this one.

Day 25 – Burrowing Owl Juvenile

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Ok, I decided to take Christmas Day off and tack another day on at the end. Now, I’m back to editing. This one is from a June trip to Harney County. My first encounter with burrowing owls and we spent nearly two hours shooting them so I’d better have something good. Post processing involved a crop, a little saturation and a little sharpening.