Sunday (02-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Even though it was raining, there was a lot of activity at the bird feeders. Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, and new for me a Marsh Wren. The squirrels stayed off the bird feeder — I don’t know if that means the electric shock worked.









Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.

Saturday (01-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Some bird activity at the bird feeders — American Goldfinch and Blue Jay. But then the rogue Black Squirrel figured out how to get up and work on the sunflower seeds. Afterwards, I reconnected the electric fence cable to the bird feeders. It shouldn’t impact the birds since they don’t touch both the ground and feeder at the same time. The squirrel on the other hand has two paws on the grounded center post.

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Goldfinch at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 280, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Four-Years Ago (28-November-2014) — Florida

Gone to See Florida Fall 2014 Road Trip. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Great Blue Heron appearing to walk on water as it comes in for a landing along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. I’ve also included  slide shows with some of the other birds present that day: Anhinga, Black Vulture, Double-breasted Cormorant, Great Egret, Hawk, Osprey (with a fish), Tricolored Heron, and Turkey Vulture. Note that some of the Vulture images are graphic.

Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)










Individual images in the slideshows can be viewed here.

Sunday (25-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

It warmed up a bit, and rained a lot last night (~2.7 inches, ~70 mm). The National Weather Service issued several local flooding warnings. The sun came out and the birds came back to the bird feeder. I just missed catching a Red Northern Cardinal which I haven’t seen recently.



Eleven-Years Ago (19-November-2007) — Hawaii

Gone to See Hawaii. Big Island Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 2: Kailua Kona and Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park.

I took this image of a small yellow bird in a palm tree while attending a workshop with Thom Hogan in Hawaii. Ultimately, I  identified the bird as a Saffron Finch — which is not native to Hawaii.  Later in the morning we went to a beach to work on an assignment to find something interesting and photograph it. We spent the afternoon till sunset at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park. Lizard (Gecko?), Tiki, Green Turtles, and Sunset.

Saffron Finch in a Palm Tree. Kona, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Saffron Finch in a Palm Tree. Kona, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)





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Sunset at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/22, 1/2.5 sec). (David J Mathre)