Sunday, March 25, 2012
This eagle only stopped long enough to pick on the road kill. It took off and landed on a nearby building so I drove to a better vantage point just as the golden sunrise lit the scene.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I donated the photo to the guard last year. My guard friend, Mary, said that photos from Camp Ripley usually get selected. This cover is a little bit more special because I made the photo at the Arden Hills Army Training Site.
It's a chimney swift house. From allaboutbirds.org
A "flying cigar," the Chimney Swift is rarely seen perched. Its high-pitched twittering is a familiar sound during summertime in the city as it flies high above, catching small flying insects.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I spent Saturday afternoon at Sucker Lake in Vandais Heights looking for waterfowl. The light left me well before sunset and I was hungry so I left early to get a DQ blizzard and a couple chili cheese dogs. The 500 f4 was on the D7000 mounted to the mono pod in the back seat for the drive home.
I was driving into the sun and saw a couple large silhouettes darken the sky. I figured eagles right away so I kept my eye out and quickly pulled into the Shoreview library parking lot. Fortunately, the two eagles were perched in trees easily visible. I parked and torn the Lenscoat cover off the 500 and extended the Gitzo monopod. I got about 10 quick frames of the eagle on spruce as it flew off. The other eagle left as I moved to get a better view.
If you plan to photograph birds, it pays to always be ready. Not only have your camera with you but have it setup for bird shots: Aperture priority wide open and auto ISO at a speed you know you have to hit for a sharp image.