Thursday, November 30, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- Let the Games Begin...


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/30
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens @ 500mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Thanks for all the great comments yesterday. :o) They are all appreciated and cherished.

As a matter of fact, for those of you who mentioned, I have set up an account over at aminus3, and hope to have that blog up and running by the end of next weekend. The pictures will be the same as I put up here, and we’ll see how things go. I might switch over to there exclusively eventually. The kids are off school work for the next four weeks starting Monday, so I should have some time to get a few things done during the month. (I homeschool, for those who don’t know, and we take one month off in the summer and one month off during the holidays instead of having the entire summer off. It’s better in oh so many ways.)

Last week for Critter Day Thursdays, I posted a photo of one of the deer that visits our yard on occasion. After she lazily strolled off, I walked over the bird feeder to see what I could shoot. Oh these birds, they are so afraid of me. I knew I’d only have a few minutes once they realized I was there and would just sit in the holly tree yelling at me until I left them alone. I got as close to the feeder as the lens would allow, framed up, prefocused and waited. One lone tufted titmouse made a quick flight down, grabbed a black oil sunflower seed, posed for like a micro second, (1/30th I see from my stats above) and flew off. That was it, one shot, and no returns until I was inside and the lens was put away. But as the weather gets colder, the birds will get hungrier and we’ll see what wins out…cautiousness or hunger. I’m hoping hunger and that I get some great bird shots this winter. Need to get the flash out, too, to add some pop to their eyes. I also have a feeder hanging by the patio doors to shoot from inside on those blustery cold mornings. I need to clean the glass on that door really well – inside and out.

9:34 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great catch - even the pose and expression on the bird seems to say, "Now's your chance!"

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

funny coal tit (or blue) you took here Micki
Just in front of my window kitchen, i installed a bird table where i put some food. I like to watch the birds eating granes.
Some blue an coal tits, robins and sparrows are coming.
have a nice day

11:59 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine "one shot" to capture such a great looking fellow. The new snow here today will bring more birds to my feeder. It's right outside my living room window, but they are extremely flighty. Any movement and away they go.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

A very likeable photo, you have had much ability to catch the suitable moment. Greetings

12:30 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

certainly looks pumped up and ready to go....ur shofting to aminus3 as well? thinking about it and wouldnt think for too long if shutterchance allowed me to export my pics....8.25/10

1:40 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Great capture with a questioning look.
Wish I had our birdfeeder still. The neighbor cat seemed to think I was providing a banquet for him. The other visitors the seed feeding station brought out were very large mice or I hate to say it rats. I'm not in to those critters so it was bye bye feeder.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

These little birds are so precious and alert and all the more rewarding when you can get a shot like this. Love the bold stance!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Catching the bird at the feeder? Awesome! With some of these timing shots you have, you must really be ready to shoot at all times!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Great shot. I was just out at our bird feeder yesterday trying to capture some of the little birds fluffed up trying to stay warm.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very cool shot, Micki. Good capture.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous darr said...

The bird looks like he knows what going on! Great shot!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that is a great shot. Those guys are tough to get a shot of. They only stay put for just long enough to grab the seed, then they are off. I've tried, unsuccessfully MANY times. I've yet to get a good shot of a tufted titmouse or a chickadee.

Way to go!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Ries said...

Lovely capture.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Great capture Micki. That bird was certainly keeping an eye on you. Great looking bird feeder you have there.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Umm if you post the URL to the new site we could all go check it out and give you feed back :-)

I know somedays i can't even get in to your site here ;-(

why is it good things always go down hill! blah!!!!

Love your birdie!

7:17 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

great catch! perfect timing

7:36 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Aww...Great capture Micki!

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Hi Micki, This is a lovely shot and I look forward to seeing if they overcome their shyness when theor bellies are rumbbling

4:27 AM  
Anonymous navin said...

What I love most is the expressions of the birds. It's like a kid caught by his mom with the box of cookies.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

haha,, funny, Lovely timing here... Cheers, and see you around sometimes

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

great shot, very nice

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Great shot Micki, love it!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous johnz said...

I like the cold black eyes of a seed eater

5:11 AM  

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