Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pelicans Laughing

It's natural to anthropomorphize even the most ugly of birds. Thanks to high speed drive mode I was able to catch these guys in various stages of smiling.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Love those pelicans

I rarely go to the same location at the same time each year but I can't get enough of the pelicans at Lac Qui Parle Dam west of Watson. All the shots are identical, except for the light, so I was practicing with my video set up and waiting for sweet light to do still shots when this bird's landing came along.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ravens dining

I usually think of ravens as beggars and freeloaders looking for Cheetos from a tourist. On a slow afternoon I watched them and became intrigued with their more natural traits. This pair is dining on an an avocet after one of them prepared the meal by plucking the feathers, kind of looks like me trying to find things in the kitchen.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dizzy dances at dawn



On a very cold morning in early April  the prairie chickens were busy sparing on the lek at Blue Stem Prairie SNA. One bird kept going in circles in front of the blind andbecame the subject of this short video. Later I checked the MN Prairie Chicken Society FB page learning it has been named "Dizzy" and has been seen on the lek for three years.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Taking Flight (slow motion experiment)


 
This is an experiment in time as much as capturing the geese in flight. Except for the last clip everything was slowed to either half or quarter speed. In most cases the eye accepts half speed as real but quarter speed has very limited uses if the illusion of reality is to be maintained.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Snow Geese Blastoff (uncut)


 
Sometimes a video is needed to share the experience, something I have commented on before. To make the still shot work I think a sense of order must be distilled out of the organized chaos of 600,000 or more birds in flight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snow Geese at 16K

I just returned from Loess Bluffs NWR at Mound City, MO. and was surprised to learn yesterday's count was about 750,000 geese. However, the biggest surprise was quality of images shot at an ISO of 16,000, almost literally shots in the dark. I moved back to Canon after an experiment with Sony and this was its shakedown visit. Both shots recorded using auto focus.

ISO 16,000, 1/8 sec @ f5.6

ISO 16,000, 1/60 sec @ f4.0