Sandhill Crane (male with colt) | Grue du Canada | Kanadakranich | Antigone canadensis: My life is busy right now and the birding is slow (except in a few places where the shorebirds have already finished or are in the midst of their long journey south). So I thought I would post another photo of the crane family at Reifel. Taken under the watchful eye of one of the sanctuary's volunteers.
Taken June 17, 2018, at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D7200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | -0.33 ev | f/5.6 | 1/2500, cropped - 67% of full). Wild, as shot; not baited, called in or set up.
“The Queen at Rest” - wild Puma takes a break from watching her three cubs. She’s an apex predator in this area, so she’s both aware of our presence and unafraid of us. The guides have nicknamed her "Sarmiento.” She’s also an ambush predator, however, which may explain her habit of watching us from behind the bushes.
Gnatcatcher and Cattail
One of my favorites from back in May of this year (the second image is the original, I included a zoomed photo for a more detailed look). Blue-gray gnatcatchers are summer birds where I’m from. Come to think of it, not too long from now they’ll be heading south to their winter homes in the very southern US, Cuba, Central America and Mexico. Though if you live in the very southern US or on either coast, you’re lucky enough to see this bird year-round. From a taxonomic standpoint, these tiny birds belong to a very small family including only the California and black-tailed gnatcatcher. Both of which would be a very rare bird to see anywhere near where I live (they’re west coast birds). In other bird related news, I’m starting to see some movement on the bird RADAR (yes, it’s a real thing), it’s looking like we’re on the early edge of fall migration here. The shorebirds are already very active, and the migratory songbird action will be picking up very soon. Your best time for those is late August and the first few weeks of September. Needless to say, I’ll be focusing my attention on birds for the next month or so. If you ever wanted to get into bird watching, now would be a great time to start. If you’re local and would like to know some great spots for bird watching send me a DM here on IG.
Conservation Status: Least Concern IUCN
1/1600 | f/5.6 | 850mm | ISO-800
Nikon D850 | Nikkor 600mm f/4E | Nikon TC14E III | Induro GIT304L Tripod
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Heading north today with my family. While this trip won’t be photography focused, it will be spent canoeing with my wife and sons and enjoying the sights of the boreal forest. However, I am sure the cameras will end up in my hands more than I expect! 😜
Summer is still here but the promise of fall is clear on the horizon. With children returning back to school and fall decor up at every store I can almost feel that crisp fall air on my face.
Photograph in Grand Teton National Park during the 2017 #summitnature @summitworkshops while at the R Lazy S Ranch
Fire in the Sky, Desert View, Grand Canyon || Many people mistakenly believe that a colorful sunset requires lots of airborne smoke, smog, or haze. The truth is, junk in the air scatters so much light that the only color to fight through is the orange and red carried by the longest wavelengths in the brightest part of the sky toward sun. So, while a vivid sunset requires clean air that more evenly distributes the long wavelengths (the cleaner the better), a smoky sky can turn the sun a beautiful red, orange, or yellow. For example, last week’s fires at the Grand Canyon meant each sunrise and sunset the sun became a throbbing ball of color just asking to be photographed. I captured this frame looking west, down-canyon from Desert View, with my Sony a7RIII, 100-400 lens, and 2X teleconverter. #garyhartworkshops
Is there something in my teeth? 🐻
Before they're even chasing salmon up & down the rivers, you'll actually find brown bears munching away on grasses & roots. In fact, vegetation can make up about 80% of a bear's diet! In preparation for that long winter hibernation, bears can eat up to 90 pounds of food a day & can gain up 3 pounds per day! That's one way to get your summer body 😂
Find the frog. It’s not that hard really, but I didn’t have my long lens so this red-legged frog looks little here. It really was a small one, at just half of their full size of 4 inches. I think the photo works though, thanks to those lovely mountain stream rocks. The National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest says red-legged frogs are residents of woodlands and marshes, but are found in watersides during droughts, which is exactly what’s going on here. They live in the Cascades at low elevations and westward, but urbanization and invasive bullfrogs have taken a toll on their lowland populations.