Sunday (22-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.



Friday (20-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

An American black crow, house finch, and a pair of northern cardinals. At one point I observed a male cardinal feeding a female. I’ve seen male cardinals feeding juvenile cardinals before. Is this springtime courtship behavior?

Male Northern Cardinal Feeding a Female. (Courtship Behavior???). Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Cardinal Feeding a Female. (Courtship Behavior???). Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)





House Finch at a Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
House Finch at a Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (15-March-2008) — New Jersey

Late-Winter Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

I have two sycamore trees that frame my backyard. Theses are a few shots of the sycamore seed balls (pods). One by itself, one that a squirrel is checking out, and the final one of a black crow watching me from the tree. Unfortunately, the limbs on these trees are pretty brittle, and every winter more branches come down. I will see how much they block the solar panels on the south side of the house later this spring as the leaves emerge.

Lone sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lone sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel checking out a sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel checking out a sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow in a sycamore tree. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow in a sycamore tree. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (12-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America. February 2014 Florida Road Trip. Day 12: Big Cypress National Preserve.

Crow Waiting For the Sun on a Foggy Morning at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 160 mm, f/8, 1/20 sec).

Crow Waiting For the Sun at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 160 mm, f/8, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow Waiting For the Sun at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 160 mm, f/8, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)