One Day in Photos — July 13, 2022

I 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 . . .

Uncropped 2000mm eq. zoom (handheld)

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 . . .

Uncropped 2000mm eq. zoom (handheld)
Crop of the above.

In contrast, this is the crop of a photo taken with the D7500 (200mm zoom, 350mm eq. zoom) . . .

Crop of a D7500 photo at the same distance from the subject.

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 . . .

. . . I’m assuming drugs . . .

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’ . . .

Click on the photo if you want a larger version.

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 . . .

It looks as if it’s afraid to fall off and trying to make its way across.

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.

Hopping onto the log.
. . . and finding its balance.
. . . but the next log looks better.

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 . . .

This is the image as-shot but processed through Topaz DeNoise AI.
This is the same image as above converted to monochrome in Lightroom (no adjustments).
This is the same image as above processed in Silver Efex Pro 2 to bring out details (click for larger version).

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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