New Apartments on Goodpasture Road
These new apartments sit across the road from part of Delta Ponds. I imagine that they get a great view of the ponds, especially from the second floor apartments. If I lived there I would have a tripod set up by the window with a long lens on it. The tall pole on the left was placed there for the osprey to use for nesting. They had a nest there last year.
Delta Ponds lies by the Willamette River, and is adjacent to roads, highways, apartments or office buildings. It started out as some gravel pits that were used for the building of the I-5 freeway a few miles to the east. Eugene Parks won an award from the State of Oregon for developing the ponds, and deservedly so. They have done a great job. I remember when all of this land was agricultural. Now that is going back a ways! :)
One Young Eagle Sitting in a Tree, I hope it was sitting there posing for me!
While walking in Delta Ponds, a gentleman who walked by called my attention to an eagle high in a far off tree. It's a young one that hasn't had its head changed to white as yet. I tried to get as close as I could, but even below the tree it was a long way up there. I liked this pose and the angle of its head.
Lighting conditions were the kind that give me the most trouble, a dark cloudy day with a dark bird against the sky. I did the best I knew how with the exposure and shot some pictures. I had to crop the result considerably. The high resolution of the D800 is proving its value in situations like this because one can crop the file a great deal and still have enough resolution and sharpness for a decent picture.
Willamette River at Clearwater Park
Took another walk in Clearwater park. I like the variety of things I see there and the park is not far away, one of those closest to me. This is one of the scenes that appealed to me.
I just couldn't resist! :) This fence caught my eye while on a neighborhood walk, I thought the lighting made the fence jump out from the background. It's good to always look for interesting light.
I can't find exactly the same coloring in my Birds of Oregon book. The closest thing I can find is a variety of wren. The beak and white stripe above the eye looks like that of some wrens. What is it? I would like help with the ID. NOTE: From all the feedback I learned it is a Bewick's Wren. Thanks to all those who responded!
Clearwater Park Scene
I loved how the golden morning light reflected on the water in this scene from Clearwater park in Springfield. The result looks a bit like an HDR image, but was just processed using my usual quick and easy method. I found it to be a very restful scene.
Striking a Pose
Out in Delta Ponds I met my friend, the Great Blue Heron, after he landed on an old snag. I wanted him to pose for me, so he graciously struck a pose, balanced on one leg. I was so grateful that I got my shots, thanked him and graciously walked away so as not to disturb him. I really like his portrait. :)
Middle Fork Path
I had an opportunity this afternoon to take a short walk on the Middle Fork Path. The path is 4-miles-long and runs from Clearwater Park all the way to Dorris Ranch, alongside a stretch of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Some of the path at the Dorris Ranch end goes through forest, as this scene shows.
I took a walk on this foggy morning and about a mile away from home I saw some color on a tree in a drainage ditch by the road. I stopped dead in my tracks and looked closely. I saw this beautiful little bird. In my "Birds of Oregon" book, the Red-Breasted Sapsucker is the only species that matches the bird I saw. I was thrilled, as they are not a common sight, according to the book.
Interestingly, it was so occupied pecking at the tree that it ignored me. It looked right at me a few times but went right back to work. I got pretty close, about six feet away from it, got my shots and left so as not to disturb it. I was thankful that it posed for me as long as it did. I had my little V1 and a 10-100mm lens, which I use for general shooting, but wished I had the V2 and its 70-300 VR, which gives me 810mm EQV FL. Oh well, I was able to maneuver pretty close.
The Herons Are Beginning to Nest!
Even though the trees are bare, with no leaves to hide the nests, the herons are already beginning to nest. I saw this pair in the nesting tree in Alton Baker Park. Sure is foggy out there!
Sunrise At Clearwater Park
We have quite a bit of fog this time of year and this morning looked promising for photo opportunities. So I headed to Clearwater Park to get some shots of the fog along the Willamette River. I liked this scene.
Walking On Water
This American Coot sure looks like it is walking, or running, on water as it begins its take off. The scene is in Delta Ponds. There are lots of them there now. I got a good shot of their strange feet, which I hope to post later.
My thoughts today were of my father who was born on this day, 103 years ago. He died in 2000.I still miss my parents very much.