This week I spent two mornings photographing brown pelicans flying over Carmel River State Beach. This type of shooting challenges my use of Nikon’s auto focus in sports mode. Sure, I capture the pelicans in flight, but the sharpness isn’t there. But after enough tries, I got some keepers. Practice, practice.
My bird app says this is a Townsend warbler. I see it occasionally on the hillside overlooking Carmel-by-the-Sea beach. I was going to post something more in keeping with this week’s news, but, frankly, the news is depressing and a warbler is not.
I see hummingbirds almost daily, but for several years I’ve been unable to photograph them. My excuses are (1) don’t have my camera; or (2) I don’t have enough time to get a focused shot before the bird jets away. Yesterday, I pulled out my telephoto lens after seeing a praying mantis anchored on aContinue reading “Anatomy of a Capture”
The battlefield is our front yard. Gopher holes dot the landscape. Where there was once a solid green cover of nasturtiums, there are now small clumps of this hearty plant. The gophers have feasted on the nasturtiums, sometimes right before my very eyes–I’ve witnessed an entire plant being pulled down a gopher hole. But onContinue reading “The Battlefield…”
This sea otter is drifting along about 50 feet from Carmel-by-the-Sea beach, setting the tone for all beach goers: relax!
Townsend warblers are a rarity on the beach, but they do check out trails of kelp and driftwood after high tide, well away from the surf where sandpipers patrol. Monterey County is home to 489 species of birds, meaning the tiny warbler shares beach space with pelicans and great white egrets.
Harbor seals hang out at Point Lobos, about three miles from our house. I always photograph them with a telephoto lens–don’t want to disturb their rest. This seal appears to be aware a human is near.
I took these photos a few minutes apart in Carmel: a red-shouldered hawk and nearby, a proud American crow. I rarely see this beautifully colored hawk perched while crows are everywhere, although it is unusual to see one by itself and willing to pose–I was very close.
Scrub jays are everywhere in the Carmel area. Over the past year I’ve taken so many shots of them, I’ve begun to recognize their various looks: disdain, irritation and aloofness.