Thursday (06-December-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I spent much of the day using the new Fujinon 200 mm f/2 lens with the included 1.4x teleconverter shooting the birds (house finch, blue jay, red-bellied woodpecker, common grackle, black-crested tufted titmouse, and junco) and other critters (cat, grey squirrel, and deer). in my backyard.








Friday (30-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed a black squirrel eyeing the bird feeder on my patio today. For the past 25 years, the squirrels in my backyard have all been the grey variety. I do remember seeing a black squirrel in Princeton several years ago. So maybe the black ones are expanding their range.

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caption.Black Squirrel. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 500, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)


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Doe sticking here tongue out. about me. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 720, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)


Individual images in the slideshows can be viewed here.

Tuesday (13-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I ran out of bird feed last month. Now that I have a reliable vehicle again, I picked up a bag of black (oil) sunflower seeds and a bag of mixed bird seeds. It took a couple of days for birds to come back to the feeder.  It was cold enough for the birdbath to freeze over last night. The birds that show up now are the ones that stay for the winter. So far today a mix of sparrows, finches, titmice, woodpeckers, and blue jays showed up. The birds seem only interested in the sunflower seeds, and ignored the bird seed mix containing cracked corn and other seeds.




Individual images from the slideshows can be viewed here.

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Buck on the Run. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (03-October-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

A couple of young bucks (with nubs for antlers) were resting in the grass just beyond my patio. Capture One Pro (v11.3) is able to view and edit images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera.


Individual image from the slideshow can be viewed here.

Sunday (16-September-2018) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Today was the second day in a row that the sun showed itself. Several young bucks with new antlers paraded through the yard. They appear to like to eat the acorns that have fallen onto the driveway. The ground is still very wet with mushrooms popping up every night. I caught one of the house trolls admiring the two types of mushrooms. For the last several days, I have been seeing some rather large spiders in the garden. Today, I got images of one with a funnel like web. The other one had an egg sack the size of a marble that was attached to its posterior. Finally, I still have a number of flowers and wildflowers in bloom. Behind an electric fence to keep the deer away.





Individual images from the slideshows can be viewed here.