Wood Duck A-Go-Go
Anticipation of an action due to observation helps in capturing ducks in movement. This duck was giving me signs that it wanted to take off, therefore I immediately pre-focused to wait for that "decisive moment" . . .
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens and 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/800, f 5.6, ISO 640, + 1/3 exposure compensation. Cropped for composition purposes.
Autumn Is Around The Corner - Canada Geese
The Canada Geese are back to their autumn staging site. Here, they takeoff early in the morning to fly off to their daily feeding ground.
Lunchtime At the Coopers
This young bird munches on its prey. The bird is covering its food to protect it against his siblings (called mantling, as photog friend Chuck Kling reminded me recently) who are more than eager to make off with it!
As usual when with these birds, the lighting situation was very poor. I unfortunately had to play clone-and-burn with portions of the background to remove overexposed white-patches that appeared through a few of the leaves and that were made worse by brightening up the image. As I don't normally do much background corrections, I can use more practice and experience.
Due to low light, the green-yellow reflections and tinting of the image was very strong. Although I did manage to reduce it, some still remains. My Canon 5D Mark III camera is a godsend.
Defensive Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
This young Cooper's Hawk spreads his wings to cover his food to hide it from his brothers and sisters while warning them off. A parent had just dropped fresh food for them and he was the first to make off with it.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/400, f4, ISO 800, +4 exposure compensation.
Full-frame, no crop. Although it doesn't appear as so, there was little light available which explains my camera settings, These fledglings, who left their nest a couple of weeks ago, are readily approachable and simply ignore you.
Two For The Price Of One
Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers share a wood post in search for a suitable location for feeding.
They were found on a friend's property while photographing Blue Birds.
I'm not too pleased with the annoying diagonal line crossing the background,but beggers cannot be choosers.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 400mm 5.6 USM lens handheld @ 1/640, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation. Cropped for composition purposes at a 4/3 format. I had put aside my 500mm lens to give my old 400mm a try for the Blue Birds.
Ready Or Not, Here I Come - Blue Birds
I prefer catching these birds in flight without the nesting box, but I made an exception here due to the dynamic scene and interaction presented. Although I do not normally approach natural nests, the birds in this nesting box in a friend's yard are used to his comings and going.
This is a very late-in-the-evening situation, minutes before the sun set behind some trees, and my camera settings reflect this.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/640, f4, ISO 800, +2 exposure compensation. Minimal crop for composition purposes, and a bit of dodging of the hungry nestling.
EXPOSITION d'art champêtre: Village en arts
Vous pouvez visionner un vidéo/entrevu de notre participation de l'exposition de l'année passée en suivant le lien (entre 16:47 et 23:08)
Golden Glow - Fox Pup
This cute young fox pup gives a final pose for the day. The golden glow is due to the last few minutes of light before sunset.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f6.3, ISO 400, +1/3 exposure compensation.
Tale of a Tail - Cooper's Hawk
No great tale to tell here, but it is a good-looking tail!
Cooper's Hawk caught in a late afternoon/early evening low light.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/200, f4, ISO 1600, +3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes.
Get Out Of My Way - Blue Birds
There's lots of early-morning traffic coming in and out of a Blue Bird nesting box as one parent brings in food for the young while the other parent blasts out with a fecal sac for disposal.
Canon 5 D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II on tripod @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation. Cropped in for composition purposes.