04-October-2008

Red Headed Woodpecker.

As I was driving through Yosemite Valley on the way to Curry Village to join the Nikonians group for ANPAT-8 I noticed this Red Headed Woodpecker (Northern Pileated Woodpecker). I stopped and realized that it was loading acorns in a dead tree for winter.

Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec).

27-February-2008

Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Hovenweep National Monument

The Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” workshop was based at Kelly Place B&B  just outside of Cortez Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Acients National Monument. The following images were taken in and around Hovenweep National Moument in Utah.

Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre) 

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Saturday (19-January-2008) — New Jersey

Winter Birds at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Somerset County New Jersey

Great Blue Heron and a pair of Mallard Ducks in the pond. I guess they decided to spend the winter here rather than in Florida.  Some years this pond freezes over.

Great Blue Heron and Mallards. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron and Mallards. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec)

Thursday (27-December-2007) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2007 Road Trip Day 6: Birds at Fort De Soto Park

It is always fun going to Fort De Soto Park. It is located on the southern end of Pinellas county separating Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The park is known for its beaches and is a great location to take bird pictures. The three images for this day include a Great Blue Heron, a White Egret having a cricket for breakfast, and an Osprey building a nest under a full moon.

Great Blue Heron. Image taken with an Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 120 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron. Image taken with an Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 120 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec).
White Egret having a Cricket for Breakfast. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-20 II (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Egret having a Cricket for Breakfast. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-20 II (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec).
Osprey Landing on Nest under a Nearly Full Moon. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-17 II (ISO 200, 340 mm, f/11, 1/340 sec). (David J Mathre)
Osprey Landing on Nest under a Nearly Full Moon. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-17 II (ISO 200, 340 mm, f/11, 1/340 sec). (David J Mathre)