October 7th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Sushi, Stage Left!

A young juvenile Bald Eagle quickly learns the ropes during a summer morning seafood buffet at Big Beef Creek on Washington’s Hood Canal. Spawning Midshipman’s fish exposed on the shallow beach during the ebb tide are easy pick in’s for the eagles that congregate there in late May through June.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leptocephalus )

Hood Canal, Washington

Canon 1DX, EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender/Monopod
700mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/5.6| ISO 800
Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik ColorEfx.

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Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

September 30th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Spotted Towhee

It seems I’ve had way less time to get out and capture any new bird photography images. With the onset of the fall season, things get pretty slow around here in the Pacific Northwest for birding also. I guess I’ll hold out hopes for a good winter season. Perhaps a few Snow Geese and some raptors including owls up in Skagit County might be in the cards. Until then I’ll just have to bore you with some of these leftovers from the archives of previous shoots. This one of a Spotted Towhee was captures a couple of seasons back while out looking for local humming birds. Would have loved to have caught him on a natural perch instead of this fence, but the light was pretty nice so I thought I would share this one none the less.

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo Maculatus )

Seattle, Washington

700mm | 1/800th Sec. @f/5.6| ISO 800
Canon 1DX + Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender
Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik Suite
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Thanks for stopping by,
JayT

September 2nd, 2016 – Avian Friday: Killdeer

During one of the Seabeck Eagle outings in early June I spotted a pair of Killdeer who had taken up roosting in one of the waterfront lawns next to the beach. These birds are usually very skittish and don’t allow people to get very close to them. I took several shots while keeping a considerable distance to the leery couple with the 500mm lens also attached to a 1.4x teleconverter which allowed me to get “close” without putting undue stress on the birds. The lawn was elevated behind a seawall which allowed the same eye level perspective of the bird. Depth of field was rather narrow as seen by the strip of grass that is in focus.The green background from the grass works nicely to complement the colors of the Killdeer and there is a little weirdness with the bokeh that I hadn’t really seen when using this lens before.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus )

Seabeck, Washington 
700mm | 1/2000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 400

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

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Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

August 26th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Give a Hoot!

Sorry I have been on a hiatus from this normally weekly blog post,it’s been several weeks since I have updated it. Summer has been extremely busy and between work, events, weddings, and salmon fishing I have not been out to take any bird photos since the Bald Eagles during the month of June. I am hoping to get back to posting more regularly, but it will be likely with previously shot images from my archives. Here is one of the Short-eared Owls that I had a chance to see back in January of this year up at Stanwood near Camano Island.

Short-Eared Owl (Asio Flammeus)

Stanwood, Washington 

700mm | 1/2000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 400 (original image)
Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender

Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, & Nik Collection
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July 22nd, 2016 – Avian Friday: Stealth Mode

Since the Bald Eagle season has come to a close, I’d hoped to get out to capture a few local hummingbirds, but I’ve been so busy on my free weekends I haven’t had a chance to get out there yet. Here is another image from Stanwood (near Camano Island) of a Northern Harrier in search of a late afternoon meal. The shot is heavily cropped, but the blue sky background I thought was pretty boring anyway. Enjoy!

Female Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Stanwood, Washington 
700mm | 1/1600th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 640

Canon 1D X + Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Define & ColorEfx.

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Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

July 15th, 2016: Avian Friday: Purveyor of Fine Seafood

I only made a few trips over to Hood Canal this season to photograph the bald eagles. Conditions were favorable on two of those 3 trips and and I managed to capture o good number of keepers. Nothing spectacular, but I’ll be sharing them here with you during the coming weeks. Here is a shot of one of the adults coming in low for a fish it has spotted.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leptocephalus )

Hood Canal, Washington

Canon 1DX, EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender/Monopod
700mm | 1/1600th Sec. @f/6.3| ISO 500
Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik ColorEfx.

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Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

June 17th, 2106 – Avian Friday: Comin’ For Ya

Here’s one of the Bald Eagle shots from a couple of weeks back. I chose this one to share because I don’t always take a lot of images with them coming right towards the camera. We were fortunate on this morning to have the wind blowing in the right direction (opposite the light) as the Eagles like to fly into the wind providing better looks for the photographers. I’ve got a bunch more Eagle images to share with you all in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leptocephalus )

Hood Canal, Washington

Canon 1DX, EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender/Monopod
700mm | 1/1600th Sec. @f/6.3| ISO 500
Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik ColorEfx.

To see a larger version please click on the image.
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

June 3rd,2016 – Avian Friday: Bald is Beautiful

Since the morning low tides were occurring this week I decided to take  the day off from work and see if the Bald Eagle action was starting to heat up. It was a nice clear sunny morning on Hood Canal, so tide and light conditions were favorable, all we needed was for the Eagles to come out and play. I arrived  a little late as the flight action seemed to already be underway, but still with few more hours to go before the minus tide hit slack. The slew of photographers on the beach seemed to outnumber the Eagles. I had a good hour or so  with the birds actively soaring  though the area to feed on the Midshipman fish exposed on the beach. It didn’t take long for them to settle down to devour their catches but at quite some distance away with the minus tide.  Here is one the shots captured during the fairly productive although somewhat slow morning. 

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leptocephalus )

Hood Canal, Washington

Canon 1DX, EF 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X Rear Extender/Monopod
700mm | 1/2500th Sec. @f/6.3| ISO 500
Processed with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Nik ColorEfx.

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Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

May 27th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Greatly Indebted

Since it is Memorial Day weekend I thought it would be fitting to present something slightly different this week.  Most everyone looks forward to this weekend for several reasons. An extra day off from work, barbecues, camping, fishing , hiking, cultural events, and family get-togethers. Much of  the opportunity we have to enjoy these life treasures and freedoms is owed to those American servicemen and women who  have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in defending our nation. By honoring their memory, we make sure they have not died in vain. Take a few minutes this weekend and on Memorial Day to honor those individuals and their families.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leptocephalus )

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM (Eagle)  Sony A7 + Minolta Rokkor 85/1.7 (flag)

Processed with Lightroom CC, composited in Photoshop CC

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Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

May 13th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Filet o’ Fishwich

Made my first outing of the Bald Eagle season this weekend but the morning tide was not quite right. It was an early morning low, but a minus tide that would have exposed enough shoreline for the Eagles to actively feed on the fish. There Eagle that we did see for the most part stayed put up in the tall pine trees away from the beach. There were a few Great Blue Herons about they were not shy about submerging their heads in the water to pick up a meal. This particular youngster looked like he had his angling technique down pat. It was not a good morning to be a swimming around in his vicinity. Hopefully next weeks tides will kick the Eagle action in high gear.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias )

Seabeck, Washington ;
700mm | 1/500th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 1000

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + EFS 1.4X Rear Extender 

Processed using LRCC/Photoshop CC/ Nik Suite .

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Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT