tend to fall am way behind in sharing photos, so when, yesterday, I ended up shooting about 300 photos, I decided to share a few more than a tenth of them before too much time passed.
So, what kind of photos? Well, hummingbirds, dragonflies, a brown thrasher, white-tailed deer, a raccoon, and a Great Egret. Oh, and the massive Moon we had that evening.
And, we begin with a ‘find the hummingbird photo’ . . . because I’ll have a number of them and I don’t want to bunch them all in one place.
Next up are a few photos from the P900, but only a few; the rest are all D7500 photos.
The reason for sharing these is — why else — to showcase the zoom of the camera. This first photo is shot at approximately 150mm eq. zoom.
Some might have noticed the dragonfly atop the stalk of grass . . .
OK, so it’s not a photo that will win an award (none of my photos have ever won awards), but it shows the capability of the camera.
Here’s another set . . .
In contrast, this is the crop of a photo taken with the D7500 (200mm zoom, 350mm eq. zoom) . . .
Not awful, but it doesn’t look pretty at full resolution. Anyway, all D7500 photos from here on . . . starting with this sequence of hummingbirds at the feeder.
What struck me about these two was the noticeable difference in beak length, with the female having the longer beak . . .
I then started noticing beak lengths in other birds, and they can vary a fair amount. I don’t measure them, of course, but I compare proportions; the distance from the back of the head to the start of the beak versus the length of the beak. Some birds have longer beaks . . . I assume it gives them an advantage with some flowers. Of course, for the feeders, it doesn’t matter.
This next bird is a juvenile Northern Cardinal . . . and I don’t know what was going on here . . .
Next up, another ‘find the hummingbird’ and I’m linking a larger version of the photo for them who might have difficulty finding the bird. It’s a little tricky, I tell you.
And here we are back at a handsome fellow flashing his colors . . .
The sun occasionally hid behind passing clouds, so some of these are in partial shade, and some in full sun.
I mentioned a number of ‘find the hummingbird’ and so, here’s another. It’s another tricky one . . . but not as tricky as they are in person. Sometimes, even when I know where they are, they are difficult to spot.
This guy, on the other hand, wants you to see him. Something I’ve noticed this year that I don’t remember from last year is that the throat feathers can appear both red (ruby-throated) or a fluorescent gold-orange. This one is red.
This next hummingbird should be easy to find . . . says me who still sometimes has to hunt for them.
Here’s what I meant about the gold-orange colors . . .
This next ‘find the hummer’ might also be challenging . . . so I linked a large version of the photo if you can’t find it using the photo below . . .
Next up . . . a bee mooning a hummingbird . . .
Time for another fairly difficult (maybe) ‘find the hummingbird’ . . .
Hext up, another handsome fellow at the feeders . . .
Next up . . . a Brown Thrasher. A young one, by the looks of it.
So, the above photos are from me sitting outside in the morning (on the patio) and watching birds come to the feeders . . . but then, I went for a drive at the refuge while Melisa was busy with something else. There wasn’t much activity, but I did see a few things. Things like, for instance, more dragonflies . . .
You see a lot of these in the woods . . . sometimes, if the sun hits them, they look nice . . . kind-of.
From here on, it’s difficult for me to say which photos I liked the best. Then again, I like pretty much everything I shoot, so that’s no great surprise.
This next sequence is of a Great Egret I photographed from the car.
I have a whole series of it moving around, but these are the best shots.
On the way out of the refuge, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I stopped the car and backed up (there was no one on these roads while I was there).
These fawns (and mother) were in dense vegetation and heavy shadows . . . so thanks FSM for shooting RAW.
Of all the shots I took of these deer, these next two are probably my favorites . . .
Heading out of the park, there’s a spot I usually park in because it’s next to a beaver pond. I’ve never seen beavers here, but this time I saw another critter.
As soon as I parked, I saw a young-ish raccoon hurry across the road up ahead and make its way to the car. Not just heading my way; it was rushing to get where I was parked.
He made a beeline for the car and specifically the driver’s door. My guess is that some people had been feeding it and it got accustomed to asking for handouts. I didn’t want him to get under the car or scratch the door, so I threw a cookie (an animal cookie) out, and this is what it’s eating in this shot.
I’m not sure what he’s doing in these next shots; I think he was chewing on the cookie because you can partially see it in the second shot.
I felt bad for the critter . . . look at those ticks on its snout and ears (and likely elsewhere).
I wanted to leave, so I threw a few more cookies away from the car, to make sure I wouldn’t run it over, and I left.
Later that evening, I went out and shot the Buck Moon, supposedly the brightest of the year (unless we get a massive solar flare that will fry the Earth). It’s called ‘Buck Moon’ because this is the time of year that deer grow their antlers . . . or so I’ve read.
Anyway, here are three versions of the same photo . . .
I had said there were no more P900 photos, but that’s not true . . . that photo was captured with the P900 (2000mm eq. zoom, hand-held).
For them who like slideshows, here’s the slideshow of THIS SmugMug Gallery:
Slideshow of One Day in Photos — 13 July 2022 (46 photos)
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