Sunday, March 19, 2017

Infra Red and Snow

We got hammered by a late snow storm named "Stella" on Tuesday. We got 14 inches, further North they got 30 or more. Wednesday was very windy that caused drifting which caused more problems. We stayed at home on Tuesday and I made sure the birds had plenty of food which judging by the numbers of birds we saw they appreciated. By Sunday the snow is slowing melting. I took these with the Infra Red modified Sony A7R out of the window.




Friday, March 10, 2017

Pumpkin

Pumpkin has been absent from these photos for a while. I just want to show that she is well and as annoying as ever.

Pumpkin

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Golden Eyes, Green Eyes

A couple of little Rascal with the Golden Eyes and one of Oliver with the Green Eyes.

Rascal

Rascal

Oliver

Monday, February 27, 2017

Butterflies year round!!!!

The Hershey Butterfly Atrium is open year round so anytime I feel like a butterfly afternoon I can pop in and have an hour photographing some beauties. Its like the Amazon jungle in there so an hour is plenty long enough.
Blue Morpho
not much to look at while resting but when they fly they are a stunning iridescent  blue.

Malachite

Malachite

Malachite

Monarch

Monarch

Paper Kite

Paper Kite

Postman

Red Postman

Sara Longwing

Tiger Longwing

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Long Tailed Duck

While I love the exotic coloring of the Harlequin Duck the subtle colors of the Long Tailed Duck make it my favorite duck.

Long Tailed Duck

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Barnegat Lighthouse SP and Shark River Inlet

As I mentioned in the first of the Barnegat posts I've known about it for 10 years but never made it out there until this week. I want to go again, very soon. This time I want to get there mid to late afternoon to have the better light and from behind me. I'm keeping an eye on the weather forecast.

After Barnegat we headed to a place beginning with "M" something but we never got there because the exit from the New Jersey Garden State Parkway was blocked off. We headed to Shark River Inlet instead and my travelling companions were very glad we did because there in the inlet was a Razorbill. Quite a rare bird this far South apparently. I was more interested in the Snow Buntings. We eventually found them in weedy area close to where we were standing. They really were blending in with the sand and vegetation.
Black Scoter


Harlequin Ducks


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Ducks


Ruddy Turnstone


Snow Bunting


Snow Bunting


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Finally, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

I think it must be almost 10 years that I've been wanting to visit Barnegat Lighthouse State Park at this time of year. Various factors, weather conditions; work what ever, I finally made it. I was accompanied by Steve, Brian and Tour Guide/Navigator Ed. Now I want to go back again. The main attraction is the sea duck that the area holds at this time of year. Harlequin Ducks, Eider and my all time favorite duck the Long Tailed Duck, there were all three Scoter as well but I only managed to photograph a Black Scoter. The forecast was for sunny skies and 42f with a 14mph wind. I dressed accordingly, a thermal long sleeved tee shirt, thin fleece sweater, down jacket and long goretex parka to keep the wind out. Damn weather forecaster got it wrong again, it was much hotter and less wind so I nearly suffered from heat stroke. What a Fantastic day out. It was marvelous, everything I was hoping for and more. Heres some of the 1444 pictures I took on Monday. Many more to come.

Barnegat Jetty


Common Eider


Common Eider


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Ducks


Long Tailed Duck


Long Tailed Duck


Purple Sandpiper


Dunlin and Purple Sandpiper


Dunlin