One of my favorite things to do while in Florida was to visit this beautiful osprey family. We spotted the nest while walking along a trail near where we were staying. Each day we would come to visit to see how everyone was doing. Although there is only one baby osprey visible in these shots, there were actually three in the nest.
On the first day that we spotted the osprey nest, one adult was feeding the babies, and the other stood guard. We were not sure what this pose was, but it was held the entire time we were there. After that, we never saw this pose again.
Although Florida is teaming with a variety of birds, I have managed to get a few shots of creatures that are not birds:-)
Today while still vacationing in Florida, my husband and I traveled to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. They have a raised boardwalk that is just over two miles long and winds around an inland swamp area. The hike was beautiful and we enjoyed a crisp Florida morning (48 degrees).
Painted Bunting (Male)
Painted Bunting (Female)
Pileated Woodpecker (Female)
While in Florida my husband and I are out most of the day enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine and warm temperatures. We have been amazed at all of the wildlife that is so different from what we see in Illinois. Yesterday we saw a tricolored heron that was both beautiful, and willing to let us get close enough to get some decent photos.
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron Juvenile
Great Blue Heron
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/2500| f/18| ISO 1600
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @280mm | 1/125| f/18| ISO 160
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/80| f/18| ISO 160
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @000mm | 1/400| f/13| ISO 640
My husband and I are spending some time in Fort Myers, Florida. What a great place to be to see some wonderful wildlife! Our first day here was bright and sunny with a temperature in the low 80s. We decided to stop first at Sanibel Island. We found a public beach, and also the J.N.”Ding” Darling NWR to explore. We had a great time enjoying the weather and taking in the beauty of Florida!
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @500mm | 1/125| f/14| ISO 1600
Great Blue Heron
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/3200| f/14| ISO 1250
This time of year bright, sunny days are hard to come by. So, either I put my camera away and stay inside, or I learn to use my camera in less than ideal conditions. My friend Bill did some reading about using higher ISO settings to get good photos with low light conditions. He had some great success (check out his blog The Rural Path) and shared what he learned with me. Yesterday he and I checked out some new spots, and some of our old favorites, to practice our higher ISO skills. The sandhill crane was photographed in Fulton, Illinois, while the great blue heron was spotted at the Thomson Causeway in Thomson, IL. I liked the exposure in these photos, but I still am getting used to the noise of the background.
Red-headed Woodpecker Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/1600| f/9| ISO 2500
Northern Cardinal Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @500mm | 1/200| f/8| ISO 2500
Tufted Titmouse Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @450mm | 1/3200| f/8| ISO 2500
One of the new places that we checked out was Rock Creek Marina & Campground in Camanche, Iowa. The first thing we noticed were the red-headed woodpeckers. There were large numbers of the beautiful bird throughout the campground. For the longest time I searched to get a photo of a red-headed woodpecker, now I know just where to go to find them! The campground ground is in a beautiful tree covered area on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Besides the woodpeckers, I spotted a variety of other birds. I was able to capture a picture of a beautiful northern cardinal and tufted titmouse.
Although I think my photos turned out okay considering the the less than ideal conditions, I am looking forward to going back to this area when there are sunny skies. I hope that is real soon!