School is out, and today was the first day of my summer vacation! I was so excited to be able to go out first thing this morning for a hike. I decided that today I was going to switch gears and start using my macro lens. It was not an easy transition, but I was able to get a few shots that I was happy with:)
I had forgotten how much I love looking for insects to photograph! Last year when I got my camera I started photographing flowers. It wasn’t until my hiking partner, Bill, introduced me to macro photography that I learned to love the beauty of insects, and even spiders! With his help I have even learned to identify some of the insects. Bill has a great blog, The Rural Path, where he shares his wonderful photos, knowledge, and love of nature.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/1000 | f/8 | ISO320
I am so excited! Finally….I was able to photograph a meadowlark! All spring I have been trying to chase down this illusive bird. I would see or hear them, but was never able to get close enough to take a decent photo. Today, I was driving in an area where there are open fields, which is where meadowlarks like to hang out. My mission was to photograph a meadowlark, and today I got lucky. This beautiful bird was on top of a telephone pole and actually stayed put long enough for me to snap a few pictures.
Information about eastern meadowlarks
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @320mm | 1/800 | f/8 | ISO100
It seems that every time I decide it is time to put on my macro lens and forget about the birds, I find something new! I was very excited to spot a dickcissel today! As I was driving in the country I heard him first; not an unusual call, but different from what I have heard before. It took a while to find where the sound was coming from, but eventually I spotted this beautiful bird sitting on a barbed-wire fence.
Information about dickcissels
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @300mm | 1/200| f/8 | ISO 640
This little gnatcatcher was hopping around the tree branches along the bike path on the Hennepin Canal. As my shutter was firing away, I was hoping that some of the pictures would turn out. This was another bird that I had never seen before, and I wasn’t sure what it was. So, used The Cornell Lab Merlin Photo ID site to help me identify the bird. The site is really easy to use, and is very accurate!
Information about Blue-gray gnatcatchers
I went for a hike after work today and planned to use my macro lens for the first time this spring. Things didn’t work out as planned, so I switched the lens hoping to photograph some birds. Along the trail I heard a bird chirping in the lower branches of the underbrush. As I looked closer, I saw this little beauty. He/she continued to chirp, but didn’t move. I’m not sure, but I think this may be a cardinal. I have never seen a baby cardinal, but there were two cardinals frantically chirping very close by. What do you think; is it a cardinal?
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @210mm | 1/250 | f/8 | ISO 400
American Robin Chicks
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @150mm | 1/250 | f/16 | ISO 640
This nest of American robin chicks is on top of a trellis across the street from my house. I noticed it yesterday and went over to check it out. There were three chicks in the nest and the parents were close by on the ground. I found it interesting that the adult pair chose to build the nest on top of the trellis. It is located near the street and there is no overhead protection, so the chicks are exposed to all of the elements. It will be interesting to watch these birds as they grow to see how they get along in such an open area.
American Robin Facts
Check out this bobolink! Before yesterday I had never heard of it! Imagine my surprise when I saw this bird I had never even heard of not ten miles from my house! I think his coloring is amazing; the straw colored patch on the back of his head almost looks like a hood. He also has a very beautiful song!
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @550mm | 1/500 | f/6.3 | ISO400
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