Archive for March, 2009

The Ravens

Not great photos. Lots of cropping and post-processing in these to try to bring out some of the detail that was in the shot, but needed a lot of “help” … some burning and dodging, levels, sats adj, brightness and contrast, a small amount of sharpening otherwise it was VERY noisy and a hard light layer for the trees with a layer mask to bring back the detail in the ravens …

They are not really gray, that was how the light was hitting them. Their eyes were there as you see them – I just burned them in a bit better.

Then we had “lift-off” !!!

Thanks for looking …

The Buffleheads are back …

These ducks were at Chichester Wetlands when I went there yesterday. They are male Bufflehead Ducks. I didn’t see any females. As you can see, they are quite small (compared to a mallard) and they were very shy – I had to hide behind a tree in order for them to come out where I could shoot them. Even so, these are not great pics – but I do get to add them to my Bird List.

Thanks for looking – hope you enjoy them, too!

Red-tailed Hawk – Dark Morph

Got this fellow yesterday coming home from the Chichester Wetlands …
I shot these in RAW and pp is a real b!tch on my puter – everything crawls to a halt. Even just trying to see them with a RAW image viewer is painfully slow.

I have an awful lot of shots – probably over 100 – just of this guy. But, in RAW, they will take a long time to edit. These few were just the tip of the iceberg of great shots I got of him. You should see the one where he’s ripping the guts out of that mouse – eeeewwwww.

This fellow was not even remotely concerned that I was standing so close to him – I was only about 12 – 15 feet from him. If there hadn’t been a snowbank and a ditch between us, I probably would have gotten even braver and tried to see how close he actually would let me get. I had to finally quit shooting and go home because I had filled all my cards and he got tired of me just standing there looking and talking.

It was a good day’s shooting, eh???

A Robin – it’s SPRING!

Found this fellow at Chichester yesterday – he was in no hurry to run from the camera.

These guys are all over the place here now … YAY!!!

Sharp-shinned Hawk – IN MY HOUSE!

Was home sick from work yesterday and was outside in my flannel nightie and slippers chasing this SSH around the yard.

He started off in the neighbour’s grape arbor, then went into my woodshed, to the fence beside the woodshed, then through the open door INTO my house!

He’s been hanging around here lately looking for an easy meal of Songbird Delight – has a damaged wing, so may be having a tough time of it. He didn’t get any dessert yesterday, either!

Too bad I am not a faster shooter! Just managed to get these ones – alas, none in the house!

Here’s where I first see him – on the grape arbor …

From there he flew towards me! … past my van on the other side – then into the woodshed, where I tried to get his pic but he saw me getting closer so flew out the other end and back towards me onto my fence made of pallets. I was still IN the woodshed, but could see him through the field-wire fencing about 6 feet from me …

From there he rounded the bird feeder poles and went straight through the open door INTO my house! The Dawg was out on the porch laying down watching my shenanigans (outside in my nightie and slippers in the snow) and the hawk missed him by only a couple of feet – if that!

The look on the Dawg’s face was priceless as this bird flew over his head and into the house. Dawg looked at me as if to say, “Did that really happen?”

I could see the bird inside, cruisin’ past the open door several times, but there was no way I was going in there – not even for pics of a hawk in my house!

The Dawg and I looked at each other for a few l-o-n-g seconds, just a little stunned, then the Dawg decided to go check it out. When the Dawg went in to investigate, the hawk decided outside was safer so flew out and up into a tree where he paused to ponder where he’d just been – bet he was as surprised as I was!

Along with the chickadee eating out of my hand last week, this day will stand out in my memory.

Hope you enjoy him!