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Ghosts of the Praires

The Snowy Owl is the "Ghost Of the Prairies" for more than one reason. 

The snowy on the post looks like a ghost.

This winter they are a rear sight. However, I did see 10 this past weekend. I suspect there was some overlap.

The two photographs to the right shows how the white balance in Auto Mode captures the subject in different lighting conditions. This can be fixed in the Editing software, but I chose to leave it the as per shot.

I am still testing the Nikon 200 - 500 mm lens. Both of the photographs to the right were photographed with this lens on a D 500 body. 1/2000sec @F 5.6 full zoom ISO auto.

The results of my tests conclude the most obvious fact. This lens needs to be supported to get the sharpest possible photograph.

Another Bird Perspective

As a bird photographer I am always looking to photograph the common birds in a different perspective. It is not easy, but sometimes there are opportunities. I have hundreds of photographs of the Common Goldeneye.

Yesterday, I positioned myself in a location on the Bow River here in Calgary with the sun to my back and near a shallow part of the river to observe the Common Goldeneye diving for food.

Here are some of the interesting photographs from that experiment. All photographs were photographed handheld.

Nikon D 500 with Nikon 200 - 500 mm Lens

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 Early Spring Arrivals

I explored the Lafarge Meadows in South Calgary today. Lafarge Meadows was a sand pit years ago. Now it is a great area for birds and animals. I was not disapointed but rather suprised by the sightings and photographic opportunites. The light was  flat, however there was nothing I could do about that.

This American Wigeon and Great Blue Herron must be thing the same as I am, Is this winter going to end?

We are into Spring but there is no sign of Spring. The American Robin and the Killdeer looks all confused.

Food is scarce for all birds in the Winter. For these birds I hope Spring is going to be here soon.

All photos captured using Nikon D500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.