Thursday, December 07, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- Yorktown Heron Part 1


Blogger micki said...

Yorktown Heron 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Spot Metering
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

Yorktown Heron 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/30
Spot Metering
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

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A yellow-bellied sapsucker flew full speed and head long into the window today. I don’t think he’s going to make it. It’s been awhile, and he’s still just lying there. I might peel some of his tiniest feathers off the window to make macro shots of. About five of them would fit on my pinky fingernail.

For my regulars (and you all don’t know how much I cherish and love your visits and comments, you’re all invited over next year for my 40th birthday celebration, or as I like to call it…my second 39th birthday. I plan to have about 11 of those 39th birthdays before I give in and claim 40.) you will recall reading three Saturdays ago of my adventures in photographing a heron down at the pier in Yorktown. Well, I received those prints back this week. The first post today is of the first shot I took, and then second post is the closest I was able to get. I don’t think I’ll shoot any more herons (minus the one I shot Monday night) if I can’t get this close again. There is one shot that I favor over the seven or eight I took and I’ll share that one on some Critter Day Thursday when I’m desperate for critter photo that isn’t a bug.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I say he is going to jump! I have herons who nest right behind my property. They are always sitting in the trees. Very prehistoric looking birds.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Wow! That second photo is _really_ close. I love herons but still haven't been able to get close enough to get a really good shot.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

The Heron OWNS the Pier. great pics

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Cool shots Micki. I like the top one the best. The wavy boards look cool.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Lovely Capture!

My Mother in law was 21 for years, she finally has made it to 23 LOL

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Bravo Micki. I often see some herons in my home country but never i can take a shot. They 're always flying away. The only way to come enough close them, is by a car. They aren't afraid of car.
However, I tried several times without succes.
So i say again Bravo Micki.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Sandy is right that these birds look so prehistoric. Of the two shots, I prefer the closer one but you did well on both with ISO 100 and running such slow speeds in the windy conditions. Your smile that day was fully justified!

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

The things you do with film are amazing :)

Now this shot looks like a Heron who does not want anyone else to share he's pier. He doe not look evil, he just looks very imposingly scary. This is my place, don't you dare come in without asking kinda of feel. Well thats my crazy interpretation anyway.

Hey you only going to be 40, congrats, me the only one under 40 in my family of 6 kids, so I know how old you feel LOL, only kidding,


1:38 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Well Happy Bithday!!!

I'm going to be celebrating my 5th 39th Birthday this year...sigh.

These are wonderful shots. I have never been able to manage getting close enough to them either, no matter how hard I try.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I like the second one a bit better and how you got in close!

1:52 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Nice shot of the imposing looking bird. I like the sign in back of him too.
Happy birthday.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

great shot:-) i love the surrounding deck and persepctive leading to the heron...beautiful capture:-))

2:46 PM  
Blogger Don said...

I like your closeup very much. I'm impressed with how close you were able to get to him. He must have sensed your lack of physical threat.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Wow, Micki! You were certainly able to cover some ground! It's nice being able to get so close. You're making me what to go over and see if I can find that heron over near the orchestra shelter! Maybe I'll go Saturday morning!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Heron, I bet he's going to jump or dive off the pier though!
I'm headed to coastal waters myself this weekend for some surf and fresh shrimp!!!!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

He does look like a grumpy bird. I love the first image with the pier posts leading to the heron and the way you have focused the image.

I hope the little sapsucker did revive and I look forward to the macro of his/her feathers.

40 is nothing Micki. Enjoy the year and the many more to come. Do we bring our tents for the party? LOL.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the heron "appéritive" walk ;)

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

We want new picture, we want new picture, we want new picture....

The ever annoying impatient Subster :)

8:01 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

The heron does indeed look decidedly grumpy.

Take it from me that the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th - 39th birthdays all get easier, and turn out to be more fun than you expect.

A big party is always a good thing for such milestones, though for mine a trip to Amsterdam for the art and culture (and shopping) was just the right note.

enjoy you deserve


8:05 AM  
Anonymous david said...

he looks really sad that he cant jump off the end of the pier!
What a tremendous pair of shots!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Happy Birthday!
Looks like you were invading their privacy :)

12:03 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great 1-2 punch here! The close shot is especially nice since it includes the sign - it's a s if the heron has read the sign and is thinking, "Now what am I gonna do?"

10:29 AM  
Anonymous John said...

He's checking out the sign for 'no fishing'

10:09 AM  

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