I recently found out that I was nominated for ‘Picture of the Month’ at http://www.photographyatnewenglandmoments.com for December 2010.
Three of my images were nominated – no winners unfortunately, but it is very pleasing to know that I have some fans of my work!
These are the images that were nominated:
I have just realised that I need to catch up on my posts – 3 posts today to make me current again!
Today I left the house with the purpose of photographing the Burrowing Owls at Chandler. Unfortunately I sat there for 2 hours without even seeing the ‘Sentry’ that normally keeps look out at the burrow entrance. I am hoping that they have migrated, but I am also fearful that they have been disrupted and disappeared for good.
In the end I made my way to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, only to find the place packed! One of the ponds was stacked with Snowy and Great Egrets… and of course the banks were lined with photographers. I set myself up in a quiet spot and watched for a while seeing some behaviour that I had not witnessed before – every bird would take off for a few minutes, hover on the air currents and come back down again. Add that to the flying Black-crowned Night Herons (which I have never seen on the wing before) and the numerous Ospreys circling overhead and it all seemed very strange!
Here is todays selection:
Black-crowned Night Heron
I tried somewhere new today. While my wife was being pampered at the spa I took myself off to the duckponds, just down the road from the spa at the Scottsdale Greenbelt area. I was expecting to see some migrant species, hoping that they may be a little less timid than my previous encounters with ducks in this area. What I got was a lot of very nervous Widgeons, Cormorants and Pintails… and some very brave Canada Geese, Swan Geese, Spotted Sanpipers and Black-necked Stilts.
A fruitful couple of hours, only ruined when an old man walking his dog thought it would be fun to toss a tennis ball into the middle of the geese – closely followed by his Labrador which scared every bird away from the area.
Here is a selection from the hour before the old fart arrived:
This last shot was a treat for me – a ‘lifer’. The first time I have seen an American Kestrel. The image is no good photographically, but it does serve to document the sighting.
I had a really nice trip out today. The weather was a little brisk first thing, but it warmed up nicely and I was able to spend some time in the sun watching an Osprey fish. Of course my usual suspects were around too, including the Anna’s Hummer and the Northern Mockingbird, who is always happy to pose. Nice to see the American Avocets and the Cormorants back again.
Here is a selection from today:
Great Blue Heron
Osprey with Sunfish