Monday, 12 March 2012
A Mute Swan staring me down at La Salle Park.
I went to Long Point with a friend yesterday to make a half-hearted attempt at finding the smew that has been seen there. My best guess is that it was in the inner bay with thousands of other waterfowl that were way too far from land to be scanned properly. The weather was outstanding. You'd be forgiven for thinking that a lot of sunshine might lead to some good photos but in fact it made them really difficult (especially given the usual distance and technique issues). I stopped in at Bronte Harbour to see if the Snowy Owl was visible. Predictably, it wasn't but my first red-winged blackbirds and grackles of the year were there. They were great for the first half an hour before they became dirtbirds again. Red-necked Grebes were swimming around together in the marina. My next stop was La Salle Park to see the King Eider. It was very obliging swimming around quite close to shore. Had the light been different, I think the photos could have been quite good.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Recently I visited Ottawa and managed to take advantage of some pretty clear weather to get out a lot. I went to Kanata to see the Gray Partridges that have been seen pretty much every day. Every day, that is, except for the three in a row where I hung out behind Canadian Tire looking all around for them. Seriously, did they just take a few days off? Despite spending quite a lot of time looking for stuff around Ottawa and Gatineau, I really didn't find all that much outside of the usual suspects. I did find some crossbills in Gatineau.
Saturday, 3 March 2012
So I want somewhere to post photos I've taken. It seems my previous website has disappeared. I want somewhere I can post recent shots that aren't necessarily my favourite images (as well as the ones I like best) so a blog seems to fit the bill. I like taking photos of birds although I can't afford a really decent lens (or, say, lessons in how to take great photos) so good shots are few and far between. Travel is also a lot of fun and I'll be putting up shots from trips as well. I use a Nikon D80 and have the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 lens and the Nikkor 80-400 VR. Not exactly top notch stuff but, truthfully, my equipment is definitely not the limiting factor for my photography.
So to start off, here's a favourite. It's an older shot of a Japanese red-crowned crane taken in Hokkaido, Japan.
I got very lucky with this one. It was taken at 17 mm. I think I could have jumped up and grabbed its leg had I wanted to pull down an angry crane.
More to come soon...