Lilac-breasted Roller: On the road from Kabale to Lake Mburo, Uganda, August 2022 — It was Stan’s first trip to Africa and all his daughter wanted from him was a photo of a Lilac-breasted Roller. And, though I had seen them in South Africa and Kenya, I had missed seeing one in Uganda in 2019, so I really wanted one on this trip. We watched the wires on the drive from Kabale to Lake Mburo very carefully, and Stan had the honor of calling this one out! We stopped (of course) and took photos. And, of course, once the ice was broken, we saw many more in Lake Mburo National Park…but this one, though totally backlit, was special! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th. Plus 1.3EV.
Wild Turkeys: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, January 2023 — We have this herd of Wild Turkeys in the neighborhood the past few days. They come out of the little patch of forest across the road before sun-up, and yesterday, wandered into our backyard, where they foraged under the trees. A few came right up under the deck to get the spilled bird seed. The snow layer is frozen hard, so I assume they are having trouble finding food in the forest. Carol counted 40 in our yard. Again, these shots are at the limits of light 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 350 and 240mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications and multi-frame noise reduction. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. Equivalent ISO 6400 @ f4 @ 1/200th and 1/100th.