15 August Final Day at Lake Wateree....

by Russell Smith August. 15, 2019 168 views

Took a morning walk with my mom while we did not see a wide variety of birds we did see two that were new to her. The first one almost drove me banannas trying to get a shot of it.

Of the 30-50 shots I tried to take of this bird 1 turned out. It is a Yellow Billed Cuckoo bird. They love thick bushes and trees making it hard to get a shot .

This was the second bird that I managed to get a 1/2 decent photo of and it is a female Summer Tanager. Not what I would have guessed seeing as the male is a red like the Cardinal. It was a treat to see the female of this species though. Now it makes it even more confusing when I see a yellow bird because I have to slow way down and look for the patterns in the feathers or even the eye color. Prothonatary Warbler, Yellow Throated Warbler and Hooded Warbler are the three I can ID at a glance the others well will take a bit more to get the muscle memory. That is one reason I love WIFI and Bluetooth on the camera. Send it to the phone and see if Merlin can help me out . If Merlin cannot then I have a few books at the house to help me out.

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Lynn F Medley 6 months ago

You do an amazing job getting sharp images! I am going to check out Merlin especially for my sister she takes a lot photos of birds too!

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Russell Smith Replied to Lynn F Medley 6 months ago

I use a tripod 99% of the time. This allows me to point the lens where I want and watch without fatigue. Also makes it easier to get sharper photos. I do want to start lowering my shutter speed a bit and seeing where the limits are for my taste but I have a few more things to get a handle on before that. Like seeing a bird pointing lens and having said bird in the viewfinder.  If your sister likes keeping tract of birds that she sees also Ebird is a companion app to Merlin . It also works as a step keeper.

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Russell Smith 6 months ago

Thank you for sharing how you get such great images and I will the app info with my sister. 🙂

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Buster Bruce 6 months ago

Give us lessons! Impressive images

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Russell Smith Replied to Buster Bruce 6 months ago

The best lesson might not make sense but observe them learn to watch for patterns and habits within the wildlife in your area. This will make it easier to photograph them. There is an article on the PB blog on bird photography that is most excellent. Most importantly thank you :)

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Camellia Staab 6 months ago

Nice captures. Seems like you have found your calling smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months ago

Food and Wildlife :)

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Antonio Gil 6 months ago

Not easy at all. Great work Russel

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 6 months ago

It is rewarding when you get a great shot though makes the frustrations and failures worth it

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Jay Boggess 6 months ago

Nice work, Russell!
Thanks for your determination!!grinning

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months ago

:) Thank you.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 6 months ago

Your efforts are grinning inspirational!

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