Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A most unusual job

I was driving just north of Palm Springs, California and I had to pull over and shoot this. As a physicist and and engineer, I can understand why these men are safe, but every fiber of my beingness just tells me that this isn’t a good idea. These power lines take the energy generated by the wind turbine farm north of town.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cooper’s Hawk

When you go to a city like Palm Springs, California, you do not expect to have a Cooper’s Hawk for a yard bird. My mother-in-law pointed out this Coops to me early one morning. I had to jack up the ISO to 1600 to get the shutter speed up to 1/200 sec. I could not determine what was for breakfast. It was on the large size, so I’m thinking it is a Rock Dove.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

If you are coming in from Wild Bird Wednesday, be sure to go check out my recent posts and come back later this week. I’m going to have some great birds from out west!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Phainopepla-palooza

Have you ever had a species that you struggled with and then all of the sudden, it becomes easier? Such was the case with the Phainopepla. I struggled to get close to these birds last December. This trip I found a area where they were used to people and I could work with them. They are really a striking bird in the sun. First up is a male that was defending his nest site. I was taken by the red eye looking through the bush.

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The female is brown

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When the sun hits the feathers on the male, they have a green shimmer.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nuttall’s Woodpecker and California Thrasher

On our first morning on the west coast, I awoke fairly early and took the 20 mile drive north to one of my favorite places in the area,  Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. I arrived on the scene at 6:15 AM only to learn that the gates do not open until 7:30! No big deal. There is a park adjacent to the preserve that I like to walk around. I always see good birds there.

I could hear a woodpecker drumming and followed the noise. I found this Nuttall’s. The sun was barely coming up, so I had to set the ISO fairly high. I used to fear high ISOs. In the film days I would shoot ISO 64. The D7100 does a good job with the images. This was shot at 1/250th sec at ISO1250, f/5.6.

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Behind me I heard a rustling in the brush. It was a California Thrasher picking up nesting material. A tough shot with the with the bird in the shadows, however with the high ISO I was relatively successful.

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A few minutes later, the sun came over the ridge and I was able to return my ISO back to 250. The first morning light hits my little buddy here.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Our Lord’s Candle

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As I mentioned yesterday, I have not been around much recently. We took a trip out to Palm Springs, California again.

We returned late Wednesday night. I have lots of photos to share, however I have some editing to do first.

Today I’m starting with a cool yucca that I found that was developing its inflorescence. This is one of the most spectacular sights as the stalk grows a good 15 to 20 feet tall.

These yucca take about 5 plus years to come to maturity and when they reach this stage, the will develop their fruit and die.

These yucca are pollinated by the California yucca moth during the nighttime.

Two common names for this plant are Our Lord’s Candle (for the flame-shaped inflorescence) and Spanish sword (because they have very sharp, pointed leaves that will draw blood if you get poked by them, as I have done a couple of time hiking).

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Continuing with the yard bird theme, I was walking by the picture window in the living room and saw a flock of American Goldfinch flying like they has someplace to go. Looking over the deck I saw a shape in the woods. Ah, it’s the Sharpie. No wonder the Goldfinch wanted to be somewhere else! Not the best picture, but since I have obsessive-compulsive bird photography disorder, I couldn’t resist taking a shot. If only it were somewhere easier to shoot. Then it flew off, and I thought that would be the end of that.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Osprey over Ipswich

The Osprey continue to do well. The first image is a shot of the Osprey with Great Neck in the background.

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Below, a fist full of mud is being brought up to the nest platform.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

White-breasted Nuthatch

Continuing with the series of yard birds, one of our fun species is the White-breasted Nuthatch. This one came in to check out the beeping noise coming from my camera.

 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Song Sparrow

We have year round resident Song Sparrows. They are one of the first birds in the spring that I notice singing early in the morning.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Osprey

The Osprey are settling in. It was a bit windy up on the nest platform, so they decided to spend some time together on the salt marsh. The female flew in first.

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Then the male jointed her.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, April 11, 2014

Forgotten Photo Friday, Great Black-backed Gull, Gloucester Style

Happy Friday, every one! Just a couple of fun Great Black-backed Gull shots from America’s oldest fishing port.

Look to the left…

Great Black-backed Gull 3-24-2010 5-20-54 PM

Look to the right…

Great Black-backed Gull 3-24-2010 5-20-57 PM

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Long-tailed Ducks

I was up in York, Maine on Saturday. Along with yesterday’s Harlequin Ducks, I found some Long-tailed Ducks. In the wintertime, I’ve seen them in Gloucester Harbor, off Annisquam Light and on the Merrimack River in Newburyport. This is the first time I’ve seen them in off Cape Neddick.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

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