Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brrrr...ds In My Yard

A Frosty Morning And Feathered Friends
House Finch

Blue skies, soft white snow and beautiful birds.


Just a hop, skip and a jump for this Junco 
as it flits from branch to rusty roof top ... and beyond.

Junco

From my kitchen window a breathtaking view.

 House Sparrow

Creating and trapping warmth like an insulated coat, 
a little feather fluffing, brrr...dorable.



Ah ... fresh snow powdered perches and a handsome House Finch.



The pear tree was hopping with House Sparrows, literally.

 House Sparrow

Hopping here, there ... happy little feet. 
Happiness.



  
Then the delicate pause of a Junco on the move ... magical.

 Junco

A frosty winter dusting .... a peaceful morning perspective.

 
A Nature-ally Beautiful Morning .... to you.
Today and everyday.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hook, Line ... Sinker

 How He Captured My Heart 
Photographing the White-breasted Nuthatch
 The Pause and Point
It is what it is, but I see what I see. Let me explain.
What it is: Common nuthatch behavior. 
The White-breasted Nuthatch often pauses,
then points while foraging up and down a tree.
He is just getting a better view point of his surroundings.
What I see: A model posing for me.
Look at that profile, that chiseled beak.
It appears through my rose colored viewfinder that this handsome statuesque behavior
is a proud pose intended to be noticed, photographed and shared.

Slate gray and navy blue beauty shines while he searches.

Silently slinking along branches then up and down the trunks of trees
investigating every nook, cranny, crevice and crack until ...
his beak appears to be swallowed whole as he plunges in for that tasty tidbit.

His curious nature was captivating.

Another it is what it is but I see what I see moment.
I try to capture what I see during moments like these.

What it is: Common bird behavior.
He is simply rubbing his beak on the branches.
It is what birds do. How he cleans his beak.
What I see: A coy glance.
My rose colored viewfinder imagines this engaging glimpse
is wholeheartedly intended to endear me and then you.

It worked. He captured my heart.
Hook, line and sinker.

How about you?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wondering Wings Wednesday

Birdwatching Identification Photography
#1
While birdwatching in October I came across this little beauty.

My first impulse thought was American Goldfinch,
until I noticed the light gray head.

Thumbing through my field guides and online searches
led me to believe this is an Orange Crowned Warbler.
The gray upper parts, olive back and yellow under tail coverts, my tells.

The Orange Crowned Warbler is reported to be one the latest fall migrants.

#2
I believe this bird to be a Prairie Warbler.

I love this warblers lanky legs.

The yellow greenish head, cheek stripe, yellow coverts
and black streaks on sides of neck and body were my tells.

#3

I believe this series to be of the Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

A sweet small bird with a very small beak.

Olive green color, white wingbars and eye ring were my tells.

Identification comments, corrections and tips welcome and appreciated.


Wishing you a Nature-ally Beautiful Day,
today and everyday.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Photo Workshop

This is my daughter Becki. She recently took a 7 hour car ride with me and was a guest at this Autumn photography workshop. As the photographers did their thing, Becki did hers. She pulled out her sketch pad and pencils and viola a beautiful Barred Owl suddenly appeared on her pad. She amazes me!

I think the Barred Owl is humbled by her sketch.

Here the beautiful Barred Owl hoots for Janet as she photographs it's adorable personality. Janet, my sister and I enjoyed the day photographing the residents of Howell Nature Center.

This is Circe a 20+year old Great Horned Owl that resides at the Howell Nature Center in Michigan. Many of it's residents are not able to be released back into their natural habitats due to injuries. The photo shoots are fund-raising educational events that benefit and help care for the animals that live at the center. Today Circe blessed us with an abundance of natural charisma and charm during the photo shoot.

It was a joy to be in his presence and photograph him.
The Great Horned Owl is my favorite owl. Circe is gorgeous!

Mr. Groundhog hesitates with a curious pose.
This was my first time ever seeing one, they are much bigger than I thought.

The opossum was adorable inside the log peeking out.

Slurp! Look at that tongue and those sweet ears! Awe.

A Gray Phase Eastern Screech Owl in the sunshine.

Hmm ... something caught it's attention.
This owl was sweet and curious during the shoot today.

A Red Phase Eastern Screech Owl perfectly perched.

He was sleepy and sweet. Beautiful.

Today was this Kestrel's first photo shoot and my first time seeing one up close.
I often see them while driving along country roads perched on telephone wires. As the car approaches, the kestrel flies ahead another fifty feet or so always staying just far enough away.
Being so close to one was wonderful! The colors were just brilliant in the sunshine.

The Eagle possesses such beauty and strength and is always a joy to view and photograph.

This was the October 17 Autumn Workshop hosted by Steve Gettle.
It was wonderful. Good advice and captivating residents that capture your heart.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

BELTED KINGFISHER ON THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER

Wishing you a Nature-ally Beautiful day,
today and everyday.