Posts in Category: wildlife

Red Squirrel. Trick or treat?

Red Squirrel: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I know Red Squirrels are not good neighbors…ounce for ounce one of the most potentially destructive of creatures, at least as far as human property goes, but I have to admit to still liking to see them in the yard. They are just so cute, and mischievous with it…it is hard not to enjoy them…at least while they are not actively undermining the foundations or eating their way into the attic. This one was out for an early forage in the 40 degree weather yesterday and spent a half hour or so in our yard and on our deck among the feeders, cleaning up spilled seed and trying just about every way it could think of to get into the feeders…without success so far, but I have my eye on it. Sony Rx10iv at 189mm equivalent. Taken through double glazed deck doors. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/400th.

Goldfinch meditation

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — something about this shot of the Goldfinch on the perch near our feeders makes me thoughtful…puts me in the meditative mode. Perhaps it is the slightly grainy, paint like quality that the high ISO produces…perhaps it is the interesting bokeh…the light and shadow behind the bird. Perhaps it is slightly hooded look in the eye and the stillness of the bird. Whatever it is it makes me feel peaceful and relaxed, and loosens the hold of self on me. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. +1 EV exposure compensation. Taken through double pane window glass. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Meal worm for lunch

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA. — this chickadee is about to carry off its prize from the mealworm feeder. I was experimenting with program shift to increase depth of field on these close shots…with at least some success. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications…but program shifted to f6.3 @ 1/200th @ ISO 800. +1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

caught with mealworm on her beak!

Tufted Titmouse: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Though I put the mealworms out for our Bluebirds, who have been coming to our feeders for at least 4 years, I don’t begrudge the occasional mealworm to the chickadees, nuthatches, or titmice…they all enjoy them. (Starlings are another matter…as I had said in other places.) Still, this titmouse seems to know that the mealworms are not there for her, and to look just a little guilty when caught in the ace. Pure projection of course. Titmice always look a little guilty 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. . +1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

What’s up with white stuff on my seed?

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Another bird looking for spilled seed on the deck rail during the snowstorm. The Bluebird was pretty aggressive about kicking the snow out of its way, but the Goldfinch just seems perplexed by the white stuff…maybe a bit offended. Of course I am reading that in…I have no idea what the Goldfinch was thinking. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 125 @ f4 @ 1/500th. + 1 EV exposure compensation.

Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I have to replace the peanut suet twice as often as I do the high energy, mainly because both the Downy Woodpeckers and the Nuthatches prefer the peanut. We only have one pair of Down Woodpeckers but we have several pairs of White-breasted Nuthatches and they can go through a cake of peanut suet in no time. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation.

clean up in aisle 3

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I filled the feeders yesterday before the current storm hit, and the clean-up crew was right behind me. Why fight a sunflower seed from the feeder port when they are loose on the deck? Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Not, for a change, taken through the glass of the door. I managed to get the door open a crack but I was still contending with the heat shimmer from the escaping air from the house, as well as the low, pre-storm light. ISO 2000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Classic Goldfinch

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — another shot of a Goldfinch in the snowstorm the other day. One of about a dozen around our thistle feeder. Not bad for being shot through double glazed door glass. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Cedar Waxwing: Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — I dug back into the archives for this Valentine’s Day shot of two Cedar Waxwings courting. Seems appropriate. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv.

spilled mealworms in the snow

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I spilled some mealworm bits (I put out dried mealworms for the Bluebirds) while filling the mealworm hopper during the last snowstorm, and this enterprising Bluebird spent a lot of energy finding them buried in the snow. Fun to watch. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Taken through the double glazing of the deck door. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation for the snow.