Saturday, May 29, 2010

Camera Critters: Other Species

It seems that I mostly photograph deer, but I do encounter other species as well and while driving across a backwoods stream I saw a pair of Canada Geese with their young.  I quickly shut down the engine and reached into the back seat for the 500mm F4, which had the 7D attached to it. I did not expect to get a usable photograph as the light was very poor and I was only able to get a shutter speed of 1/100 sec. at f4 with an ISO of 800.  I could not use the tripod, but rested my arms on the bottom of the window opening and of course had the image stabilization engaged.  To my surprise, one of the photos actually turned out reasonably well.

Canada Geese And Young

 While I usually photograph Cardinals in the winter, I couldn't pass up a chance at this beautiful bird as he visited the backwoods bird feeder. This one was taken with the 500mmF4 with 1.4X extender.


Male Cardinal

A mourning dove also stopped by one morning.  This photo was taken with the 500mm without the extender and is severely cropped.  The bird flew away when I tried to attach the extender.


Mourning Dove
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17 comments:

Dave said...

amazing creatures, great photos.

Mumsy said...

Love your pictures of these critters!

CherylK said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs! My daughter has a pet dove named Bob (believe it or not) and when he is totally relaxed his feathers puff out like this photo. She has had him since she was 14 years old and she just had her 34th birthday!

imac said...

Cute and beautiful Willard.
real nice shots.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Each of these pictures is fantastic.My husband,Jake,is looking to get the 7D,so I enjoy looking at these,and the quality this camera produces.
Blessings,Ruth

Snap said...

Beautiful shots all, but I really love Mom, Pop and babes!

Hootin' Anni said...

All so very pretty.

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Willard: All beautiful captures.

Michael said...

All beautiful. I could watch the geese family all day. The doves are really charming birds.

ladyfi said...

Wow - those shots are amazing. Love the red cardinal!

Captain Shagrat said...

yep you did a good job, one of the little geese looks likes he's fallen asleep mid swim

Philip said...

Willard I love the shot of the cardinal pin sharp and very colourful :)

Feral Female said...

Simply beautiful as always Willard!

Marci said...

The Mourning Dove looks so soft! Awesome photo. You captured the Cardinal so well. The geese are beautiful. The babies are growing so quickly! The ones in this area are that big as well. I missed the "baby" stage this time :(

JimB said...

Nice job on all three pics!
Those goslings are hard to photograph and you nailed them!

Greyscale Territory said...

Great collection of photos! Love the peeking cardinal especially!

Abe Lincoln's Cousin said...

Your photos for this post are really nice. I am fortunate in that over the past 48 years I have conditioned many generations of birds and other wildlife to come here and not to be afraid of me. While they do fly away, most are nervous about taking off and fidget a lot and then either stay or go. Some will just sit there and watch everything I do. I just posted a picture of a mourning dove on the corner of the roof and that is what it did. Just watched me.

Breathing is difficult,
And the cost is awfully high.
When I think how it used to be
I think I'm gonna cry.

Abraham Lincoln
My Birds Blog