One of the items on my Long Island “bird” bucket list was to see a snowy owl, a friend of mine has seen one for the past few winters and I was hoping to be as lucky. WELL today was my lucky day. Headed down to the Hamptons area early on this cold but promised to be a sunny day. I have been to this beach during the summer, but my first trip in the dead of winter…looks very different. My hope was to find a snowy owl but was happy to be out and see what I could find. First sighting was a sandbar filled with seals… not very good shots as they were in the distance quite a ways….
Then I as I was scouring the landscape there was a brightish something that just didn’t seem right….so sure enough as I got closer and looked through the 300 mm lens there she was! I was so thrilled! Took a few shots, walked closer, took a few shots walked closer 🙂 you photographers know the drill, have to capture an image even if it is only a record shot and hopefully eventually get that great shot!!
Immature female, Long Island NY
Well did get some good shots, but I think between the extender and the fact that I was so cold I was probably shaking the camera they are not as clear as i would have liked…but happy to have captured this pretty immature female Snowy Owl!
Immature female, Long Island NY
Wonderful early morning visit to the beach on the north shore of Long Island. A little enhancement with Sleeklens product.
I associate pumpkins with halloween…BUT pumpkin pie? Now that’s Thanksgiving! I am now in the midst of farmland and every other mile is another farm stand, they all still offer the pumpkins. Grabbed this shot last weekend as I was exploring. I must admit, while most of my cooking/baking is from scratch, pumpkin pie is one of those things that I buy frozen and “bake” in my oven 🙂
Long Island north shore farms
Trying to make time to get out with the camera, with still so much to do to finish off the new home I have to force myself to get out even if for only a few hours. Last week I was at the Babylon docks to watch the sunrise and it was so nice to have a cloud free morning. It was a bit chilly but so beautiful.
I will admit this photo has an enhancement. I was contacted by Jane about a week ago offering a barter, she would provide me with a few free overlays if I would try them and then share them. Good deal to me 🙂 I chose the Light Ray’s collection, thought it would be fun. the image below was enhanced using https://sleeklens.com/product-category/photoshop-overlays/. What do you think? Would love to hear feedback
Taken from the Babylon docks on a cold autumn morning,
Today was my first adventure out from my yard with the camera. I spend Friday night searching possible places, I had originally wanted to go to the south shore /ocean but the weather was saying clouds so I stuck close to home. Edward and Dororthy Kempf Preserve at Wading Rivier is where I finally ended up, a short 5 min drive from the house. Very peaceful place indeed. I didn’t capture many photos as the canopy is quite full and not good light for shooting, but saw and heard quite a selection of wildlife. The usual songbirds, some wild turkeys, deer, chipmunks, a few heron’s and if I am not mistaken I also heard a kingfisher.
So now that I am back on Long Island I don’t have to worry about running into feral hogs, or snakes HOWEVER, there is a “predator” here. My BFF warned me to wear long sleeves, long pants, and spray with bug spray. I did follow her advise and assumed I would be OK….shortly after leaving the preserve I starting itching and feeling like I was getting bitten…figured I had just rubbed up against some bush that irritated my skin…no such luck. I finally pulled my pants leg up and horrors……ticks, itty bitty , way too many ticks all over my legs. I mean no bigger then the head of a pin, if they hadn’t moved I never would have seen them. YUCK! showered and scrubbed and washed everything I was wearing in hot water. Felt much better, but I won’t be visiting any treed areas again until after the first frost…that’s fine I’ll stick to the beaches 🙂
Here are the only two photos worth posting from this morning’s walk. An immature Cooper’s hawk that was carrying on like a spoiled little boy 🙂 And there were plenty of deer along the trail, caught one before he saw me and took off.
Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY
Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY
It’s been a 5 month journey. We decided, well I desired and my hubby agreed, to move back to NY. We had been in Texas for 10 years and I longed for home. Last April the journey began with listing our TX home, packing, planning and waiting. I won’t bore you with the details but we are finally settled into our new home on the north shore of Long Island NY. I just love it, surrounded by trees, vineyards and farms, 5 minute walk to the water and only miles from any store you could possible need.
Those of you that follow this blog know I’ve been hooked on photographing birds for 3 years now. Well I am in heaven…our home is surrounded by big old oak tress and all kinds of new species for me. We are going on our third week in our new home and today I pulled out the camera to see if I could remember how to shoot 🙂 I put out thistle, suet and sunflower seeds last week in feeders and have been greeted by the locals!!! The goldfinches have discovered the thistle and I believe they will be too fat to fly soon!
Younger male goldfinch
White Breasted Nuthatch
I will eventually leave my yard, but until then I am so enjoying all the birds that visit daily!
Saturday promised to be a sun-filled day, I’ve spend the last 3 weekends packing and organizing and cleaning….and I was done with that. Well still a lot more to do, but I needed a break. Journeyed off to LLELA…Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area, one of my favorite spots and only 10 minutes from the house. A quick explanation is likely due here to those that read my blog and do not live in the Dallas area. Last spring resolved all of our drought concerns…Lake Lewisville was full so the dam was wide open allowing the water to rapidly flow down the trinity river and throughout LLELA. Trails have been underwater since last spring. I haven’t been there in about a month so I was pleasantly surprised to find the dam at a trickle and the trails emerged fully from the water. I arrived around 7:30 and the mist was still coming off the many little ponds
As far as birding goes, it was not a fruitful day, rather quiet but the walk was wonderful. I hadn’t realized how far I’d walked until I came upon the Bittern Marsh Trail, zig zagging along I’d probably gone 5 miles. Wildflowers were starting to bloom and butterflies and dragonflies were everywhere.
I ended up at the dam and heard one of my favorite fishermen….the Belted Kingfisher…they are sooooo fast and I was amazed when I got home to find I had finally captured an in-focus photo of one in flight…couldn’t resist the captioning 🙂
As I was about to head home there were two gentlemen looking up at a treetop, knew there was a bird up there but couldn’t really tell what it was, thought perhaps an indigo bunting. Allen and George, were trying to identify the little guy. They asked if I would snap a shot and then zoom in so they could get a better look. Well a lifer for me. It was a blue grosbeak,an immature male so all the blue was not yet there. They apparently spend their summers here and return south when it gets chilly
LLELA , Lake Lewisville, TX april 23, 2016 Juvenile Male
All in all a wonderful Saturday morning 🙂
The title for this post is borrowed from the movie Brooklyn…
We are making some significant changes in our lives over the next few months, very excited about it 🙂 Shooting time will likely be cut to 0%. BUT, I do have thousands of old photos that I can go back to when I have a little time at night…which is what I did last night.
Oh those significant changes…? We are relocating back to NY! Yeah We’ve been in Texas for 10 years and the time has come to go home. Along those lines thought I’d share a few images from our homestate…
I doubt this image needs an explanation, The Chryster building and the Brooklyn bridge are my favorite structures in the city.
A little artistic license taken with this one. The Brooklyn Brewery Sign. Took this photo in 2012 while visiting my kids. Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea Home, great food vendors and flea market. Below is an image from inside the flea market, just loved all the vintage items 🙂
This next image is from 2011, downtown when the Freedom Tower was under construction. Love the body language on these guys, and I love the texture of the building
Concluding this grouping with a world recognized icon, altho probably not seen often from this viewpoint
As usual, if Saturday is predicted to be sunny, I will be out somewhere in search of that new bird. This morning I decided I would visit VCDB aka Village Creek Drying Beds as I hadn’t been there for awhile. The weather was beautiful and I was soooo enjoying the peacefulness. Of course I also really want to take pictures 🙂 This was just not going to happen today, the ducks where too far away and spooked whenever I tried to get close, my favorite songbirds were just not singing…. Oh well still enjoyed the 3 mile walk. I was going to head to the car when I decided that one more walk down this particular path that usually provides luck was in order….too early to go home. As I made my right I saw something in the path, I don’t carry binoculars as I have enough weight with all the camera stuff, I use my 400mm lens as my binoculars. So put the tripod down, took a peek and WOW, there she was. Bobcat sitting in the path. I snapped a shot knowing it was not going to be clear but figured I would get one of those “documentary” photos so my husband would believe me 🙂
Walked a bit closer and she layed down, that seemed strange. Took another shot.
Walked closer and she decided she’d had enough of me and scooted into the brush. So I continued to walk but as I did I realized that where she ran off to was water….didn’t think she would swim away so as I walked I kept an eye on the bushes, sure enough she was hiding behind some reeds.
I didn’t know if she had babies in there so didn’t want to put her in a defensive mode so I walked past her and then stopped.
As I turned around she came out of the bushes and scurried down the path away from me.
Love the white stripe on the ears.
What a thrill! I’ve seen many a photo of bobcats at VCDB but figured I’d never get one.
Chilly but beautiful morning walking the LLELA trails just after sunrise.