Posts Tagged ‘Photo Blind’

Fluffy Stuff

I was thrilled to capture a series of images of a Green Jay while photographing on the Laguna Seca Ranch this evening. The jay was calmly perched on a dead tree limb, but suddenly it noticed a Summer Tanager in the brush and fluffed itself out as much as possible. I assume this behavior was to create an illusion of being larger than what it actually was. The jay relaxed slightly a couple of times but then re-fluffed, which gave me plenty of chances to test my camera’s frame rate and buffer! (Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 300mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4x extender, ISO 1600, 1/4oo sec @ f/5.0)
A Green Jay fluffs out to make itself appear larger.

A Green Jay fluffs out to make itself appear larger.

Bonus Bee

Last week I had planted an attractive section of Prickly-pear Cactus with blossom buds in the sand in front of one of the Laguna Seca Ranch’s photo blinds. I hoped a bird would pose as it looked through the curve of the cactus pad, and it happened yesterday morning. What I didn’t expect was the honeybee to come along at the same time as the Long-billed Thrasher. When I inspected the photo, the bonus bee was sharp!Photographer

It’s About the Light!

I enjoy photographing at the Laguna Seca Ranch in the early morning and late evening; making this photograph was no exception. As the sun sank and the photo blind area went shady, the last sunlight struck the grassy background behind this Black-crested Titmouse as the bird and its mate came in for a late bath.
Black-crested Titmouse

Black-crested Titmouse