Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Common Eiders spring fling

 After a beautiful night, I decided I'd go down to the beach in the morning to watch the Eiders pairing up before they head to the islands to nest.As the sun rose there were a few flocks flying by looking for the good feeding spots with the tide falling,I manage to snap a few shots as they flew by in the morning light with the iso raised to 800.
 As sunrise came to be I creeped up by the mossy shore waiting for the birds to come in and feed and sun themselves.While watching the group for awhile I noticed that the females seemed to be doing most of the courting,cleaning and pushing the others off the rocks to get all the attention.
 While shooting the birds climbing on the rocks I noticed a male with a leg band,as he climb back on the rock after feeding for awhile,the female would groom him.After two hours I sadly had to retreat home for another day wishing i had more time with the group to get some feeding shots.
Male Common Eider

Female Common Eider

Grooming himself after breakfast 

Female grooming the Male in the morning sun

 Well be checking back in about a week or so as they make their nest to see if they're still together.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Eastern Woodpeckers

 Well back in action again after getting my sensors cleaned in the Nikon d90.Finally had some time to get in the backwoods again with the camera.After hiking for a while I heard the familiar sound of the woodpeckers taping away in the foggy hardwood stand.As I approached the sound I was surprised to hear quite a few birds in the area.
 While I watch for movement in the tree tops I was surprised to see a Red Naped Sapsucker fly by,then as I moved in closer I seen a Yellow Belly Sapsucker land about 20 feet away from me.After getting only a few photos off I returned to the trail to review my luck,as I finished my hike I returned to the woodlot to my surprise I spotted a little Downy woodpecker digging in to a tree and chatting up a storm.Once I returned home I stopped to shoot a Northern Flicker in the tree by the feeders which usually holds a few Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers.
  I've gathered a few photos of the different woodpeckers I seen the past week.
Red Naped Sapsucker

Yellow Belly Sapsucker

Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
 Still missing a couple of woodpeckers hoping the weather can clear up to get in the woods again soon.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Winter Eagles feeding

  After 2 months in Sydney,Nova Scotia had the pleasure of spending time feeding the Eagles on the weekends.Now that all the ice has melted,3 weeks earlier than last year, had time to check over some of the many shots I've taken.
   I noticed that last year had about 15-20 mature and only 2 or 3 young eagles,this season I noticed far more immature eagles which is a good sign for their population.Also seen more interest from other photographers shooting the eagles.
  I've gather a few shoots from on the ice to ice melting to no more ice feeding shoots with the Nikon d90 and Sigma 150-500 most shots are in "A" F9 and 200 iso handheld.
mature digging in

almost mature snatching a meal
immature fishing on thin ice

mature grabbing redfish
mature eagles splashing down

immature skimming for fish
  After another feeding season behind me,already dreaming of what next year will bring with all the immature eagles paired up and nesting around.till then bring on the spring birds and babies.