Monday (16-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A House Finch and Tufted Titmouse at the bird feeder after a rainstorm.

House Finch and Tufted Titmouse on a Wet Bird Feeder Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 180, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
House Finch and Tufted Titmouse on a Wet Bird Feeder Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 180, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sunday (08-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature and A Geology Walk at Rock Mill Preserve.

Several small birds working the bird feeder greeted me in the morning. I switched to a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens on a Wembly tripod just inside the patio door. The camera is just past the minimum focus distance for this camera/lens combination. Birds captured include: Tufted Titmouse, Black Eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, American Robin, and Black Crow. Later, in the afternoon I attended a monthly “Sunday Walk in the Park” events. This month the subject was the geology in central New Jersey and took place at Rock Mill Preserve, located within walking distance from my house.



Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.

Thursday (12-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

A number of small birds are going after the sunflower seeds in my wildflower garden. I hope they let a few drop to the ground for next years crop. I definitely plan to expand the wildflower garden/meadow.

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monday (02-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

A number of Black-capped Chickadee’s and Tufted “Black-crested” Titmouse  (Titmice?) have descended on my backyard wildflower meadow to gouge on the sunflower seeds.