Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A few recent wildlife shots. . .

For some reason, I've been on a bit of a bird kick lately. . .  I usually don't take shots of anything that moves.  In order from the top, is Mad Robin, Twilight Cormorant, Cedar Waxwing and Hunting Osprey.

The Robin Family nested in our Privet Hedge in the back yard a few weeks back.  Whenever we would go outside, the mother and father would both fly out and glare at us, cheeping in indignation and then dive bomb us repeatedly!  The Mad Robin shot was taken seconds before he flew at me!

The cormorant shot came about as an accident.  I was down at Portland's Waterfront on the dock near sunset and saw a couple of Harbor Seals swimming around about 100 feet away.  It looked like they were headed my way, so I waited for them, and instead, the Cormorant popped up right in front of me!  Unfortunately, I missed the silvery fish that he gulped down as soon as he surfaced, but I like the shot anyhow.

I took the Cedar Waxwing shot, (which is nothing special as a photograph) when I was on a birding walk with our friends, Bruce and Michele, on Sunday evening.  Believe it or not, I had never seen a Cedar Waxwing outside of a bird book, and there was a flock of 10-12 of them down at Capisic Pond.  I think I've always mistaken them as lady Cardinals from afar, but as you can see, they're quite clearly different.

The Osprey is also not the best shot, being cropped in significantly to show it this large, but he was fishing right over our heads (about 50 feet or so above us) at Wolf's Neck State Park in Freeport a couple of weeks ago.  It's very special to see these massive birds feeding their chicks and hunting for fish in the ocean right near you.

So that is my wildlife tour for today.  Hope you enjoyed the photos.  As always, you can click on any of them to view them larger.  Cindy


Lloyd said...

Playing with that new DA 55-300 Perhaps?

Nice shots! The only wildlife that gets close to me ain't that close!

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Lloyd! Yes, I am LOVING the 55-300mm! I only wish it was a 55-400mm! lol! So far that's the only thing I have found wrong with it!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I always like the variety you bring to your photography. I think it is important for us personally as well.

Even if we never get to be great at areas outside our comfort zones, it does keep us sharp generally.

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Nik! Yes, I like to try a little bit of everything, photographically! Although I almost NEVER do street photography or the awesome sort of people at work photos that you do!

James said...

Cindy, I'm always a sucker for pretty pictures and these are delightful.I especially like the Cedar Waxwing...I've never seen one in person. As you know from my web gallery, I'm heavy into "backyard" bird photography.
I don't know if you create greeting cards from your images, but I can think of half a dozen great lines for the Robin shot.
Great shooting, Cindy. Thanks for keeping me on your blog list.


Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the nice comments about my most recent post! Cindy


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