Saturday, July 22, 2017

Today's nutch

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 22, 2017

Pentax K-3
Pentax F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter (420mm)
1/400 sec. f7.1
ISO 1600

Usually seen at our feeders as loners, this species has taken to visiting in pairs, and perhaps because of that tends to perch on the feeders for a longer time instead of quickly grabbing a sunflower seed and dashing away. That makes it easier to compose and snap a picture of the quicksilver little creatures.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thimbleberry

THIMBLEBERRY (RUBUS PARVIFLORUS), HOONAH, ALASKA, JUNE 19, 2017

iPhone 6s
4.15mm lens
1/120 sec. f2.2
ISO 25

I'd thought the thimbleberry was limited to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but it's actually quite common from Alaska to the Great Lakes. Its soft, raspberry-like fruit doesn't keep well and hence is never seen in supermarkets, but makes excellent jam. The intricately veined leaves clearly are photogenic—and make excellent emergency TP.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Red squirrel

RED SQUIRREL, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 10, 2017

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5
1/400 sec. f5.6
ISO 1600

The red squirrel may be a pest, but it certainly is photogenic.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Black-legged Kittiwakes

BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, HOMER, ALASKA, JUNE 27, 2017

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/1600 sec. f8
ISO 1600

I shot this pair of gulls from the balcony of our high verandah stateroom aboard the Holland-America cruise liner Amsterdam, moored at the Alaskan port of Homer, where hundreds of thousands of the birds had converged on the docks to nest.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Merganserlings

COMMON MERGANSERS, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 8, 2017

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5
1/800 sec f4.5
ISO 400

It was a cloudy 8 a.m. when this train of merganserlings swam by our cabin in Mama's wake, not the best conditions for photography. But even with the lens wide open and with the image heavily cropped, an acceptable photograph resulted.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Today's chippie

CHIPPING SPARROW, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 7, 2017

Pentax K-5
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/400 sec. f8
ISO 400

This finch-sized sparrow is common on our feeders in the Upper Peninsula. Only occasionally can I capture one calling to its comrades, as this one seems to be doing.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Today's red-bellied


RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 7, 2017

Both:
Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax HD 1.4x converter (420mm)
Top: 1/640 sec. Bottom: 1/1250 sec. Both at f6.7

I had been set up for bird-in-flight photography, hence the high ISO, but I wish I had dialed back to ISO 400 and f8 for these shots at rest on the feeders. The image quality would have been better. Still, they're OK, especially for Internet use.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Levitation

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 6, 2017

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5
1/2500 sec. f5.6
ISO 1600

Continuing my experiments with on-the-fly bird photography, here's a red-breasted nuthatch launching itself into the air after snatching a peanut from one of our feeders. It's not easy to photograph these birds. They tend to land on a feeder for less than half a second before grabbing a tidbit and vamoosing into the woods. I just got lucky.