Thursday (31-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds at the bird feeder, and deer close-up. I think the larger bird in the first image is a female red-crested finch. While taking some of these images a deer walked right next to the patio to chew on some grass.

House Finch and Rose-crested Grosbeak. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
House Finch and Rose-crested Grosbeak. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)



Monday (28-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Deer, lots of birds at the bird feeder, and the remains of the Rhododendron. There was a heavy thunderstorm last night that blew down the remaining section of the rhododendron bush. Last winter I lost the first half of the bush during a heavy snowstorm.


Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (David J Mathre)





Friday (04-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A Chipping Sparrow at the bird feeder, wary deer, and attempts to capture water droplets in a fountain. During the night a raccoon raided the composting tube in the Garden Tower. I decided to mount a cactus on top of the Garden Tower. As you can see in the nighttime IR videos, it didn’t work.

Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Wary Pair of Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (David J Mathre)
Wary Pair of Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (David J Mathre)


Cactus on top of the Garden Tower. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Cactus on top of the Garden Tower. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (01-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Daily images. In the morning an American Goldfinch at the bird feeder. In the afternoon some late-blooming fancy daffodils, garlic mustard flowers (invasive weed), grape hyacinth flowers (invasive weed), violet flowers, carpenter bees, and a wary doe. I had to spend a lot of time trying to capture the carpenter bees in flight. Ultimately, I managed to capture a couple of images by using manual focus. (Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.)