Monday (04-March-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

We had our first significant winter storm leaving about 8 inches of wet, heavy snow. We have experienced several cold spells, lots of rain but little snow until now. This was the first time I had to shovel a path to the road. I was expecting an Amazon delivery later in the day. A lot of birds showed up at the bird feeder. This was the first time that Red-winged Blackbirds visited. The females look a lot different than the males — but turned out to be more aggressive than the regular visitors. Later in the afternoon, the sky was filled with soaring Turkey Vultures.

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Backyard View. Composite of seven image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, AutoPano Giga Pro, and Silver Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
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Front Yard View. Composite of five image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, AutoPano Giga Pro, and Silver Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)




Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.

Four-Years Ago (17-May-2014) — Texas

South Texas Birding Photo Safari with Jason Odell Day 2.

Red-winged Blackbird Taking a Drink at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec).

Red-winged Blackbird Taking a Drink at Dos Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red-winged Blackbird Taking a Drink at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (16-May-2014) — Texas

South Texas Birding Photo Safari with Jason Odell Day 1.

Female Red-Winged Blackbird with a Green Caterpillar for Breakfast and Reflection at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec).

Female Red-Winged Blackbird with Breakfast and Reflection at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female Red-Winged Blackbird with Breakfast and Reflection at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (04-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip. Day 4: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Red-Winged Black Bird on a Perch Above a Large Spider Web. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 (including conversion to B&W with one color).

Red-Winged Black Bird on a Perch Above a Large Spider Web. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 (including conversion to B&W with one color). (David J Mathre)
Red-Winged Black Bird on a Perch Above a Large Spider Web. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 (including conversion to B&W with one color). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (01-June-2008) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park: Lily Lake.

Red-Winged Blackbird Singing at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec).

Red-Winged Blackbird Singing at Lilly Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red-Winged Blackbird Singing at Lilly Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1100, 400 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)