I don’t know why this Red-breasted Nuthatch who was coming to our feeders on the back deck yesterday was so scruffy…but it certainly was. In need of a good preening I would say. I saw it later in the day and it had certainly cleaned itself up some. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode with Action and Birds in Flight modifications. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 1250. Processed in Polarr.
We will drop back to my visit to Tucson, Arizona earlier this month to pick up this pair of Rambler’s Forktail damselflies at the Sweetwater Wetlands Park. It is a very common odonate there…probably the most common damsel. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 500. Processed in Polarr.
Goes without saying: Black-capped Chickadees are absolutely fearless. This one certainly seems ready to take the big scary guy with the orange tee shirt and the camera on. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with Birds in Flight (action) modifications. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch.
I spent a few moments on the back deck yesterday attempting to catch a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder…without success. But while I was there, I took a few pics of the other birds coming…including a few Tufted Titmice. This one is using the Mini-Squirrel Buster feeder I resorted to for mealworms, after nothing else would keep the Squirrels from emptying the mealworms three times a day…which was just too expensive to keep up. The Squirrel Buster works fairly well. I have to shake the mealworms down occasionally, but at least most of them go to the birds. 🙂 I put them out for Bluebirds, of course, but the Titmice and Chickadees like them too. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with Birds in Flight modifications. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 800. Processed in Polarr.
Today’s Day Poem
August is not autumn in Maine of course,
except as they say, where the Maples
have their feet in the water. Behind the
beaver dam on the Bascom, the Maples
are knee deep in the flooded forest, and
here already in the third week of August
the green has died back to reveal the red,
and the leaves burn like October. It is so
startling that I had to stop for a picture…
fire above and fire below in the reflection.
Autumn before time, reminder and promise.
Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 42mm equivalent. 1/160th @ f3.2 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
Out on my eBike for a short loop to burn some calories, and to find some photos…what I call a photoprowl. Water-meadow along Branch Brook where it flows under Route 9 at the Kennebunk / Wells town line with some great clouds. Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.
Lesser Yellowlegs along Back Creek at low tide. There were several feeding in a group, most likely migrants on their way back south already here in late August. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Tight crop. Processed in Polarr.
It was a hot day at Emmon’s Preserve in Kennebunkport, Maine, with strong August sun, and this female Blue Dasher is obelisking (pointing her abdomen toward the sun) to keep as cool as possible. One of the most common of dragonflies in Southern Maine all summer, but nicely posed on this fence post. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/640th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
It is not easy to capture the effect of the Northern Blazing Star bloom on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, here in Southern Maine. Even in the best year the flowers are spread thin among the grasses. Visually, to the naked eye, it is impressive…but a photograph often does not capture what the eye sees and the mind (spirit) appreciates. This is the best I could do from yesterday’s visit to the Plains. Sony RX10iv at 170mm equivalent. In-camera HDR mode. Nominal exposure: 1/640th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
We seem to be popping back and forth between Tucson and Maine these last few days as I work though the images for the past few weeks. This is a Mexican Amberwing from Reid Park in Tucson. I saw them there while leading a phonescoping workshop for ZEISS Sports Optics, and went back the next morning specifically to try to photograph one (along with a Vermillion Flycatcher that I also knew was hanging out there). This is a very small dragonfly…only maybe just over and inch long with wingspan not much greater. It is the southwestern equivalent of our Eastern Amberwing, which is in flight right now in Maine. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 160. Processed in Polarr.