I arrived around 6:15 AM in the morning and slowly drove down the road and up to the barn, looking closely over the fields for signs of deer or turkeys. None could be seen, so I decided I would try to call in a screech owl. Earlier in the season at an owl prowl, we were able to call in a screech owl at the Old Stone Barn. I set up my camera and lens on the tripod and attach the flash and focused on the old tree where I hoped the owl would land. I played my owl call, and lo and behold, I did not get an owl, but I got Eastern Bluebirds, which came out of a nearby cedar tree. I was able to capture some interesting photographs of the bluebirds.
plus a photograph of the Old Stone Barn.
Since I had time, I immediately traveled To the Allens Pond Field Station, and captured a sunrise over the front meadow. To create the sunrise image, I bracketed 5 different exposures and combined them in NIK HDR Efex Pro.
I then decided I would take a short trip out to Gooseberry to see what birds were swimming around the causeway. Photographing from my car window, utilizing The Puffin Pad to support my long lens and by photographing from in the car, i did not scare the birds. The ducks, and a red-throated loon were very obliging and were swimming closer to the causeway, allowing almost full frame pictures. The ducks were even coming in closer, until another car pulled up and the person got out to photograph the ducks. Now, instead of coming closer, they swam away as fast as the could and became smaller in the frame of the picture, which ment a larger crop, which would add more noise tothe photograph. Unless you are photographing at a location where the ducks and other birds are used to humans, so a careful approach and try to make yourself as inconspicuous as possible so you can obtain your photographs.
|Common Goldeneye - 1st winter male|
|Common Goldeneye - female|
|Common Goldeneye - male|