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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,10:31   

I've been trying to get a decent shot of an Indigo Bunting for a while. They tend to sit high in trees, and backlit shots don't do them justice. I finally got one to stay low for a while, and here is the result. I'm gonna keep trying, but this one is better than the previous attempts!


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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,11:43   

A typically beautiful shot, thanks for that.

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They tend to sit high in trees, and backlit shots don't do them justice.

No, they might not even look blue.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,12:32   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 07 2013,10:31)
I've been trying to get a decent shot of an Indigo Bunting for a while. They tend to sit high in trees, and backlit shots don't do them justice. I finally got one to stay low for a while, and here is the result.

Wow!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,13:05   

Really nice, Alby!

Quote (Bob O'H @ Aug. 07 2013,12:43)
A typically beautiful shot, thanks for that.

   
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They tend to sit high in trees, and backlit shots don't do them justice.

No, they might not even look blue.

Indeed.


Indigo Bunting (female or juvenile) by Lou FCD, on Flickr



Indigo Bunting (female or juvenile) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

That one doesn't look blue at all!!!!


Indigo Bunting (male) by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Indigo Bunting (male) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

I had made a trip to the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri, whilst visiting in St. Louis, and added the Indigo Bunting to my life-lists last week.

Also new for the life-lists:


Yellow-breasted Chat by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Blue Grosbeak (female) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,17:36   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,13:05)

Indigo Bunting (female or juvenile) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Thanks. And thank you, Lou, for that shot of the female Indigo Bunting. That milk-chocolate plumage is really quite pretty, IMHO

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,18:05   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 07 2013,18:36)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,13:05)

Indigo Bunting (female or juvenile) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Thanks. And thank you, Lou, for that shot of the female Indigo Bunting. That milk-chocolate plumage is really quite pretty, IMHO

Thank you, and yes, she was really quite gorgeous.

Today, after five hours total of standing behind the camera in my dining room, I got this:


Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

I'm tickled. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird spent almost four years on my Goddamnit List (the list of birds I have seen but not photographed), and after finally getting a few blurry, shitty shots of one earlier in the Spring, it's really good to have a decent, clean shot of one. I had a bare flash (Canon 430 EX) set up on the patio with a set of PW TT5s and a PW AC3 zone controller. I shot this with my 100-400 4.5/5.6 L zoom fully extended, through my sliding glass balcony doors.

I spent *five hours* today, just standing there behind the tripod, waiting for this shot.

I hurt like hell, but I'm celebrating with Cream Soda and Whipped-cream flavored Vodka.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2013,19:26   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,19:05)
I hurt like hell, but I'm celebrating with Cream Soda and Whipped-cream flavored Vodka.

That's good stuff. It really does taste like whipped cream.

Sadly I haven't had a drink or a smoke in 7 days. Have one (or six) for me.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,06:11   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,18:05)
Today, after five hours total of standing behind the camera in my dining room, I got this:

Nice! Hummers are frustrating, because they always seem to be on the other side of the feeder. But at least you know they are coming back to the same place regularly. Unlike Kingfishers   :angry:

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,10:13   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,18:05)
Today, after five hours total of standing behind the camera in my dining room, I got this:

I'm tickled. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird spent almost four years on my Goddamnit List (the list of birds I have seen but not photographed), and after finally getting a few blurry, shitty shots of one earlier in the Spring, it's really good to have a decent, clean shot of one. I had a bare flash (Canon 430 EX) set up on the patio with a set of PW TT5s and a PW AC3 zone controller. I shot this with my 100-400 4.5/5.6 L zoom fully extended, through my sliding glass balcony doors.

I spent *five hours* today, just standing there behind the tripod, waiting for this shot.

I hurt like hell, but I'm celebrating with Cream Soda and Whipped-cream flavored Vodka.

Nice shot Lou!

Just an FYI - the red dye provided for hummingbird feeders is not good for the birds. It can give them digestive problems, which can lead to them starving (they have to have over 10,000 cals a day; very energy intensive buggers). Better to just mix four parts water and one part sugar and cook it in the microwave for about 4 minutes. Wait for that to cool and it's a good hummer food source.

ETA: An interesting article on the subject:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/dye.htm....ye.html

Edited by Robin on Aug. 08 2013,10:22

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,16:20   

Quote (Robin @ Aug. 08 2013,11:13)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,18:05)
Today, after five hours total of standing behind the camera in my dining room, I got this:

I'm tickled. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird spent almost four years on my Goddamnit List (the list of birds I have seen but not photographed), and after finally getting a few blurry, shitty shots of one earlier in the Spring, it's really good to have a decent, clean shot of one. I had a bare flash (Canon 430 EX) set up on the patio with a set of PW TT5s and a PW AC3 zone controller. I shot this with my 100-400 4.5/5.6 L zoom fully extended, through my sliding glass balcony doors.

I spent *five hours* today, just standing there behind the tripod, waiting for this shot.

I hurt like hell, but I'm celebrating with Cream Soda and Whipped-cream flavored Vodka.

Nice shot Lou!

Just an FYI - the red dye provided for hummingbird feeders is not good for the birds. It can give them digestive problems, which can lead to them starving (they have to have over 10,000 cals a day; very energy intensive buggers). Better to just mix four parts water and one part sugar and cook it in the microwave for about 4 minutes. Wait for that to cool and it's a good hummer food source.

ETA: An interesting article on the subject:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/dye.htm....ye.html

Huh. I didn't know that. Thanks for that.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,16:22   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 08 2013,07:11)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,18:05)
Today, after five hours total of standing behind the camera in my dining room, I got this:

Nice! Hummers are frustrating, because they always seem to be on the other side of the feeder. But at least you know they are coming back to the same place regularly. Unlike Kingfishers   :angry:

No doubt.

Quote (stevestory @ Aug. 07 2013,20:26)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 07 2013,19:05)
I hurt like hell, but I'm celebrating with Cream Soda and Whipped-cream flavored Vodka.

That's good stuff. It really does taste like whipped cream.

Sadly I haven't had a drink or a smoke in 7 days. Have one (or six) for me.

I did. And then some...

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,16:37   

I'm still reading that, but I'm going to throw this out there:

Each time she comes, that particular hummingbird first pecks at the glass part of the feeder, almost like a woodpecker. I'm assuming she's trying to get her bill in the food.

Let me also note that right after saying it doesn't matter whether the dye is approved for humans because our physiologies are so different from birds', the author makes the argument that the dye has been banned from places because of studies on rats.

Now don't get me wrong, if I can make it from sugar and water, then I'll just do that. But I think the author of that piece makes a lot of assertions without backing them up, just as the manufacturer did. I'll err on the side of caution (and finances), but I think the article could be better.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2013,20:59   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 08 2013,16:37)
I'm still reading that, but I'm going to throw this out there:

Each time she comes, that particular hummingbird first pecks at the glass part of the feeder, almost like a woodpecker. I'm assuming she's trying to get her bill in the food.

Let me also note that right after saying it doesn't matter whether the dye is approved for humans because our physiologies are so different from birds', the author makes the argument that the dye has been banned from places because of studies on rats.

Now don't get me wrong, if I can make it from sugar and water, then I'll just do that. But I think the author of that piece makes a lot of assertions without backing them up, just as the manufacturer did. I'll err on the side of caution (and finances), but I think the article could be better.

No argument. I said it was interesting, not necessarily superbly argued.

And yes, there is some controversy about the claims that the dye is not good for hummingbirds, but then it is odd that anyone would think to use a dye anyway. As noted, no flower's nectar is red. I've never had a problem attracting hummingbirds with plain old clear sugar water. In fact, we currently have five hummers around our two feeders.

I will say that the sugar water is cheaper than buying the store stuff though. :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 09 2013,12:00   

Quote (Robin @ Aug. 08 2013,21:59)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 08 2013,16:37)
I'm still reading that, but I'm going to throw this out there:

Each time she comes, that particular hummingbird first pecks at the glass part of the feeder, almost like a woodpecker. I'm assuming she's trying to get her bill in the food.

Let me also note that right after saying it doesn't matter whether the dye is approved for humans because our physiologies are so different from birds', the author makes the argument that the dye has been banned from places because of studies on rats.

Now don't get me wrong, if I can make it from sugar and water, then I'll just do that. But I think the author of that piece makes a lot of assertions without backing them up, just as the manufacturer did. I'll err on the side of caution (and finances), but I think the article could be better.

No argument. I said it was interesting, not necessarily superbly argued.

And yes, there is some controversy about the claims that the dye is not good for hummingbirds, but then it is odd that anyone would think to use a dye anyway. As noted, no flower's nectar is red. I've never had a problem attracting hummingbirds with plain old clear sugar water. In fact, we currently have five hummers around our two feeders.

I will say that the sugar water is cheaper than buying the store stuff though. :)

Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to sound as snarky as it sounds now. I intended only to through some thoughts out there that had occurred to me while reading the first bit.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 09 2013,17:33   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 09 2013,12:00)
Quote (Robin @ Aug. 08 2013,21:59)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 08 2013,16:37)
I'm still reading that, but I'm going to throw this out there:

Each time she comes, that particular hummingbird first pecks at the glass part of the feeder, almost like a woodpecker. I'm assuming she's trying to get her bill in the food.

Let me also note that right after saying it doesn't matter whether the dye is approved for humans because our physiologies are so different from birds', the author makes the argument that the dye has been banned from places because of studies on rats.

Now don't get me wrong, if I can make it from sugar and water, then I'll just do that. But I think the author of that piece makes a lot of assertions without backing them up, just as the manufacturer did. I'll err on the side of caution (and finances), but I think the article could be better.

No argument. I said it was interesting, not necessarily superbly argued.

And yes, there is some controversy about the claims that the dye is not good for hummingbirds, but then it is odd that anyone would think to use a dye anyway. As noted, no flower's nectar is red. I've never had a problem attracting hummingbirds with plain old clear sugar water. In fact, we currently have five hummers around our two feeders.

I will say that the sugar water is cheaper than buying the store stuff though. :)

Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to sound as snarky as it sounds now. I intended only to through some thoughts out there that had occurred to me while reading the first bit.

Ahh...well, good to know, though I did not take offense. Just commenting on your comment. :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 15 2013,12:47   


Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 17 2013,10:02   

I went out to do a little bird shooting last weekend myself.  Found thousands of sooty shearwaters.  Unfortunately, those in this photo are badly out of focus.  Sorry 'bout that.


  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 17 2013,20:13   

Today I didn't even bother trying to photograph birds ...


  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2013,06:46   

Quote (dhogaza @ Aug. 17 2013,11:02)
I went out to do a little bird shooting last weekend myself.  Found thousands of sooty shearwaters.  Unfortunately, those in this photo are badly out of focus.  Sorry 'bout that

Stupid mammals, always photobombing the good shots.

(Really nice shots, though!)

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 28 2013,12:47   

A Barred Owl spent some time on our deck a couple of evenings back. It was eying the birdbath like it wanted to bathe, but it never got around to that activity. It was also very intrigued by a Ruby-throated Hummingbird that was flying back and forth from the feeder.


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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 28 2013,13:52   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 28 2013,12:47)
A Barred Owl spent some time on our deck a couple of evenings back. It was eying the birdbath like it wanted to bathe, but it never got around to that activity. It was also very intrigued by a Ruby-throated Hummingbird that was flying back and forth from the feeder.

OOOOOooo!  I so like the owls! Nice pic too! Thanks Alby!

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 13 2013,17:22   

What good is an 8mm Samyang fisheye for wildlife?

Paired with an Olympus E-PL1, I got this a few minutes ago.



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 14 2013,01:08   

Oh, that guy must be from out past the edge of the map! Here be dragonflies.

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 17 2013,16:23   

Nice pic Wes!

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 17 2013,16:25   

I planted some milkweed back in the spring out in a little garden area. Most of it didn't bloom this year and likely will need a few years to really get settled. But lo and behold, we did get some visitors anyway:



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 24 2013,21:14   

Micro wildlife can be pretty impressive too. Here's one of the major predators of the small insect world, an ambush bug, perched near a goldenrod flower.


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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 24 2013,21:23   

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 24 2013,21:37   

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Impressive enough to show twice!

Really good, in fact.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 09 2013,09:25   

More insect wildlife - the Twig-girdler beetle (Oncideres cingulata), on an elm branch. These Cerambycid beetles lay eggs in the part of the girdled branch that will fall to the ground, and overwinter in those branches as larvae.



More information here.

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