Photo Of The Day: Carolina Chickadee

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For the longest time, we had very few birds fluttering around here then when the rare snow smothered everything, they all came out looking for yummy black oil sunflower seeds.  This little Carolina Chickadee is banging away at his while holding it against a limb.  I fired off about 10 shots with my D3X and managed to get several keepers.  I’ve found the easiest way to get a shot of these very fast little birds is to wait until after they crack their seed and eat it.  They will always look up and pause for a nanosecond before darting back to the ground to pick up another one. Click on the photo for the large view.

Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.

 

Photo Of The Day: Iced In Junko

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Another shot from the recent ice storm here.  This Dark Eyed Junko was waiting to dart down to the ground below this River Birch Tree where I had spread a healthy amount of  black oiled sunflower seeds.  I was maybe 10 feet away in a makeshift bird blind with a Nikon D7100 fitted with a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens.  I use the D7100 for most bird photography I do because of the crop factor involved in using a full frame lens on the small sensor camera. I’ve tried the Nikon 18-300mm but find the 70-300 far sharper.

The ice lingered for about a day until warmer temperatures brought more rain. What the Northeast has gotten in snow, we have gotten in rain. Eastern North Carolina to the coast is a virtual swamp because of the nonstop rain so other than during the ice event, I haven’t been out much working instead on a backlog of images.  I’m hoping for a dry spring but it seems unlikely. Thanks for the look and have a good week.

Photo Of The Day: The Christmas Card

Resident Reds   Posted to flickr November 20, 2014  I start thinking about the birds around this time every year when my Christmas Card comes to mind.  My attention wanes during the spring and summer when I am more focused on what we’re growing here and of course the beach and the sound which are always uppermost in my mind.

I use a photograph of a Cardinal on my Christmas Card every year which I send to old friends and clients and what bird better conveys the holiday season than a male Northern Cardinal in his new red suit.  These guys are my choice for this year.  They were braving the cold snap in a bare River Birch Tree here on the farm.  I caught them with a Nikon D7100 coupled to a Nikon 70-300 mm lens which on the small sensor D7100 is the equivalent of a 400 mm plenty of power to bring him up close and personal.  My cards won’t go out until the second week of December but for all of you, an early peek.

Need I say this photograph and the entire collection of Cardinals and hundreds of other shots   are available for cards or prints or framed shots etc via my web site.  Just click on “John Harding Art Prints” and off you go.

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Have a Great Holiday Season.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Snow Dweller

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Hope I’m not wearing you out with Cardinals.  I must have a hundred shots of them from the two winter storms we’ve had.  I did want to post this one though because it looks like he’s shed a tear.  Just an ice pellet that stuck just below his eye.  Nikon D7100. 300mm  Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day: Soul Mates

FAA A male and female Northern Cardinal wait out our recent snowstorm here in Eastern North Carolina.   This pair took up in a River Birch Tree near the wetlands here.  I had spread a good number of black sunflower seeds around the tree.  Every few minutes or so, they would dart down to pick up a seed then return to their same perch in the tree.  Both were always together.  Shot with a Nikon D7100 camera using a Nikon 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 telephoto lens.  Using this full frame lens on the small sensor D7100 yields a crop factor multiplying the effective focal length by 1.5.  Click on the photograph for a large view.

This shot and others from the same outing are available for sale at John Harding Fine Art.  Click on the link in the upper right. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Photo Of The Day: The Snow Flake

birds.096.edited_edited-1Of all the pictures I took of the recent Winter Snow Blast, and I took a lot, this is my favorite.  For starters, its a little male House Finch , a bird I had not seen on the farm in quite a while.  But suddenly, there he was along with his mate.  I zeroed in on him with my 300mm telephoto lens from my bird blind nearby.  He looked around a bit then he started looking up and he kept looking up.  My first thought was he was watching the snow coming down but then it dawned on me he appeared to be trying to get a look at the snowflake that had stuck on his head just above his beak.  He shook his head several times and looked back up  but the flake was still there. That’s when I snapped this picture.    Finally he seemed to accept the fact that the flake was not going away.  He darted to the ground below the River Birch Tree where I had spread some seed then flew back to his perch.  The flake was still there.  One of the little moments that makes wildlife photography so worthwhile.  Thanks for the look.  Have a Great Valentine’s Day, A Great Weekend and a Great Evening.

Nikon D7100/ Nikon 70-300mm lens

Photo Of The Day: Carolina Chickadee and Friend

birds.026.1.14.editedOne more bird shot.  This is an unusually calm  Carolina Chickadee and a Chipping Sparrow just after our snowstorm here a week ago.  The Chickadees are so quick I can seldom get a decent shot of them. The Sparrows seem content to just perch and watch the world go by.  Another with the Nikon D7100 and the 70-300 mm Nikon Lens.  Thanks for the look. Have a Great Evening and feed the birds!!