Daily Archives: June 22, 2024

Maine! Still two

Least Tern. Kennebunk, Maine, USA, June 2024 — One of the reasons we invest in the long telephoto lenses and the cameras with good sensors is to be able to take photos like these from a distance where we were not disturbing the birds. But then I always have mixed feelings about sharing them. They look like they were taken from much closer than they were, and I certainly do not want to encourage folks with cell phones or even their kit zoom lenses to try to get shots like this. This is with the OM System OM-1Mkii with the M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent, plus the 2x digital tele-converter and a healthy crop to bring the final field of view to about 3000mm…or spotting scope scale. It is worth sharing, I think, because it is just something most of us never get to see. Look at how well camouflaged those eggs are. In fact, when the Tern wants to hide the eggs she (or he) just gets up and moves a few feet to one side or the other. Once the bird is off the nest it is almost impossible to see the eggs, even with optical aid. This bird is just returning to the nest after attempting to distract a gull. Program mode with my bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, June 2024 — I have been seeing Tiger Swallowtails in the forest and fields of Southern Maine for a couple of weeks now, generally on the wing, gliding close to foliage or grass. This is not the first to pass through our yard, but it is the first that has settled while I was watching and had my camera ready. It visited the daisies twice…I missed it the first time, but it came back, and then flew right up to the deck where I was standing and settled on the geraniums just long enough for a few frames before it was off up over the roof of the house and away. OM System OM-1Mkii with the M.Zuiko 150-500IS zoom at 1200mm and 678mm equivalent. Hand-held at 1/320th. Program mode with my bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Nothing like being close: grey edition

Grey Catbird: York County, Maine, USA, June 2024 — Yet another bird from my session waiting for the hummingbirds to return to the feeder on the back deck. The Grey Catbirds have learned to hover up under the suet feeder and take suet. They stand on the deck rail under the feeder and then launch themselves up…and they are completely unafraid of me in my camp chair as long as I don’t move too fast. 🙂 OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent from about 10 feet. Program mode with my birds-in-flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator.