Preview of things to come; soon, I hope.

I’ve kept pretty busy . . . rather, being a homeowner has kept me pretty busy. Still, I had the opportunity (I took the opportunity) to snap a few photos . . . like, maybe 400 photos or so . . . and fifty or so videos. 

It will take me a while to find the time to process them all but I want to show a preview — give a taste, so to speak — of stuff to come. Don’t worry; only thirty photos or so. And a few videos. And some music I like.

There is no SmugMug Gallery for this preview but there will be when I do the individual posts. For now, you can click on the photos for a larger version. 

That, my dear readers, is a heron frogging in the small drainage ditch bordering the North side of our yard. I mean, I thought he (or she) was an idiot because I know there are no fish in that stream . . . but he (or she) had a taste for frog legs and knew where to find them. Unfortunately, my camera battery died a few seconds before he caught a frog and ate it. 

The photos are not particularly great because I was shooting in the rain and trying to shield the camera from the water while at the same time avoiding to draw the heron’s attention so that he wouldn’t be spooked and fly away. 

By the way, for them who like some of the music I find, here you go; something to listen to while you read the post. The video is also interesting but, you know, remember to read the rest of the post after watching it.

From big to small . . . Song Sparrow photo taken at the same time the heron was there. 

A few days later, I took a break and dropped in on Crab Orchard Lake Refuge, near Carbondale Illinois. Again, it was raining but I managed a few photos that — while not great — sated my birding hunger. 

The light was poor but these were OK because Tree Swallows are some of my favorite birds. Got me a video I’ll share in a later post.

This Bluebird was not standing still and I didn’t have the time to up the camera’s shutter speed before he flew off. But I did manage a few interesting photos.

Also, a few photos that will eventually turn into paintings through the magic of Topaz Lab’s Impressions plugin. 

About twice a day I check on the Robin’s nest. Here are three photos over the course of three days. I estimate they are not far from fledging.

May 6th

May 8th

May 9th

You can see how much they’ve grown since my first post. 

We actually have four nests (that I know of) in our shrubs; two Robin and two Dove nests. 

On the 7th, Melisa had some errands to run and I went to the Rend Lake Spillway. If you click on that link, you see a bridge; on the other side of the bridge, there’s the spillway. 

Here’s the same video in Slow Motion . . . 

Here’s the same shot trying out the Note 8’s Super-Slow Motion video option (be aware it adds music — I think I can switch it off but haven’t looked into it yet)

Here’s the longer view (about one minute long)  . . . 

Notice something odd? . . . lots of big birds around. They’re Herons and they’re hoping to catch shad that get washed over the spillway and are too stunned/confused to swim away. 

I had a field day . . . er . . . spillway day shooting both the P900 and the D7000, the latter with both the 70-200 f/2.8 VR and the 80-400 f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses. Like I said, about four hundred photos . . . 

. . . of Herons flying . . . 

. . . posing . . . 

. . . running on water . . . 

OK, they were squabbling, but it’s funner imagining they’re running atop the water. 

Sometimes, they just hung around . . . 

Obviously, Herons are illiterate as the sign is pretty clear. 

Got some in the acting of catching fish, both in videos (watch the guy on the right) . . . 

. . . and in photos . . . 

I got, as I said, lots of photos, some of which I’ll stitch together for animated GIFs. Also, about fifty videos which I need to review and selectively share the best. 

In the video above, you might have noticed a few birds flying around. As I mentioned, I’ve not shot birds in flight for a while . . . but my muscle memory was pretty good, especially considering both of the types of birds flying around were flying fast and unpredictably.  

And if you think Terns are fast  . . . 

Cliff Swallows are not only fast, but also erratic (as far as flight paths go). I think they are nesting under the bridge so I’ll have to go see what it looks like under there. Readers might remember THIS post where I show the underside of a bridge lined with cliff swallows nests and THIS post from when they nested at our Colorado house. 

I was happy with all the majority of the shots I took as I only had a few that were unusable. 

That same day was capped by photographing some turtles . . . 

. . . gars swimming along the shore . . . 

. . . catching stills of an American Goldfinch . . . 

. . . and Orioles. The Oriole photos were taken with the P900 mounted on a tripod near the feeder and the shutter remotely trigger via the phone as we sat inside a screened-in porch. 

This is one of many excellent (in my opinion) photos I’ll be sharing . . . 

This isn’t at our house but I’ll be going there again because here’s a photo of the female weaving a nest (I also have a video I’ll share) . . . 

And I want to get a few more photos of the pair. It’s a bit difficult to see but the video is easier to follow. 

You’d think that day was fruitful enough but, no . . . there was more. 

That little frog was hanging around our patio. I missed it, but Melisa noticed it and good things, too, as I might have stepped on it. It blended in very well and looked more like a rock than a frog (only at first glance; if you looked at it closely, you easily recognized it as a frog and not a rock).

And, if that wasn’t enough, the next day I captured proof that bagels sing . . . 

No, I couldn’t hear what it was singing, but then, I don’t speak bagel. 

Anyway, here’s a gallery of all of the above presented in random order . . . 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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11 Responses to Preview of things to come; soon, I hope.

  1. AnnMarie says:

    That singing bagel is the perfect ending to this post. Made my heart sing along after looking at all those great photos/videos of our lovely wildlife neighbors! Pleasantly anticipating the more to come . . .


    • disperser says:

      I have another photo of a bagel I first thought had a surprised expression but after seeing this one, I now realize it too was singing . . .

      . . . the only disturbing thought is that I may be eating the Pavarotti of the bagel world.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Such a beautiful post, Emilio! I love listening to the music as I read, get lost in your photos, and enjoy your videos! :-) I am in awe of all the different birds! They are a joy to look at! And that little froggie is a cutie!
    A singing bagel! Is he singing Bagel Man (written by Elton Jam)?!!?!?


  3. OOPY…Add UGS to that H!!!


  4. mvschulze says:

    Nice… nice! Super sharp images and even the exposures are impressive. Are these all shot RAW??? M:-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . there is a combination of P900 and Note 8 shots (all JPG) and D7000 (RAW).

      The photos from the RAW images (D7000) are the photos of the Tern, Swallows, and the frog.

      Most of the others are the P900 except for the photos of the nest and the movies which were shot with the Note 8. Wait; the movie of the Heron fishing was shot with the P900.


  5. disperser says:

    Nice . . .

    . . . but, I knead to look that up . . . are you sure it’s not “Raise it with You?”


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