Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lily pads

LILY PADS, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, AUGUST 11, 2020 

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 88mm
1/400 f8
ISO 400

Normally I'd use a Tamron 90mm macro or a Pentax 18-135 for garden shooting in order to get the best possible image quality, but this day I thought I'd try a Sigma 18-250, my go-to lens for the lightest possible traveling kit, and see how it did. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Scruffy youngster

JUVENILE HOUSE SPARROW, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/200 sec. f8
ISO 400

Adolescents of every species in the world always look unkempt, as if they've been out all night. This one is a female house sparrow about six weeks old.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hooligans

JUVENILE HOUSE SPARROWS, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/640 sec. f8
ISO 400

At about six weeks of age, these young house sparrows have graduated from fledgling to ill-mannered hooligan stage. All day they fight frantically for a perch on the feeder in the Three Crowns Park garden.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Tiger swallowtail

TIGER SWALLOWTAIL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/400 sec. f8
ISO 400

Normally I'd be equipped with a 90mm macro lens to shoot butterflies, but the 300 and extender were on the camera when this butterfly came along in the Three Crowns Park garden, and the rule is to make use of what you have. The blossom seems to be either an allium or an eastern waterleaf.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Adult robin

ADULT ROBIN, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JUNE 30, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter
1/1000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Robins are so common that I never think about photographing them, but today they were the only birds that came to the Three Crowns garden on a warm and sticky day. I was able to get in close and capture plenty of detail.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Juvenile robin

JUVENILE ROBIN, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JUNE 30, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/250 sec. f8
ISO 1600

When I spotted this bird in a tree I thought it was some kind of thrush not often seen in these parts, but then realized it was a juvenile robin, perhaps four or five weeks old and not long from the nest. At that age they are very trusting and this one allowed me to get in close for its portrait.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cardinal on the run

CARDINAL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MAY 28, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/4000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

This redbird was pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down when I captured him dashing from a presumed predator (probably a fellow geezer pushing a rollator) in the garden at Three Crowns Park.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Feeding time

HOUSE SPARROWS, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JUNE 24, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter (420mm)
1/800 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Some fledglings take longer than others to learn how to feed themselves, and so mama still has to do all the work.