I know, it has been a while. I’ve been dealing with Server Upgrades (running out of space to store my images), Lightroom Catalog Upgrades (needed to increase the size of the catalog images to match my new computer and monitor), home renovation, patio garden, and yard work. I am about caught up. I was taking pictures every day, which I will be posting. The wildflower gardens are starting to bloom. Lots of Red Poppy and Cosmos flowers. New flowers this year are Blue Spiderwort and a White Allium. I am starting to harvest Strawberries from the Grow Towers. Today’s bird pictures are a Female Cowbird. The Cowbirds have been laying their eggs in the Robins nests.
Daily Power Use (est 56 kWh) and Solar Production (64.95 kWh) from Sense. The power use is an estimate since there have been a number of data dropouts beginning about noon. I am waiting on a response from Sense regarding the problem.
Current Weather Conditions
Gone to See Antarctica 2014/2015. Hurtigruten Christmas Voyage on the MS Fram. Day 6: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands.
Johnny Rook. Juvenile (tagged) Striated Caracara waiting for food on Carcass Island – Western Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.
Critters on my patio and in my backyard. The bird feeder and the area below was busy (Mourning Dove, Yellow-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Northern Cardinal). One of the relatively new birds to visit is the Yellow-breasted Nuthatch. It like the woodpeckers are attracted to the suet. The squirrels stayed on the ground going after the Black Walnuts. Later in the afternoon one of the neighborhood cats stopped by causing the birds to fly away. The deer look awfully scruffy. Later in the evening I got an image of the waxing crescent moon. All of these image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.
Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.
Birds (Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse) and Squirrels feeding on my patio. The squirrels have stayed off the bird feeder ever since I gave them last years crop of black walnuts. They carry the walnuts off to be buried as part of their winter food cache. Later in the evening, I got an image of the frozen bird bath. The pump was not able to maintain the fountain, but the underwater LED lights were still on.
Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.