I felt that it was time for a little change to the routine to keep the creative juices flowing so, today I brought my birding lens with me on my walk. My goal is to capture some of the birds that are feeding and nesting in the creek behind the house.
As I walked down the path I noticed this little squirrel taking a break on a branch. He seems quite comfortable there. My presence didn’t seem to disturb him in the least so I snapped a couple photos and moved on eager to find those elusive birds.
The first bird I spotted was this Blue Jay. He seemed interested enough in me, so much so that he stuck around on this branch for quite some time. Needless to say I have more than enough shots of him. But the surprise of the day was this American Pipit.
Although I didn’t know it at the time that I was photographing him, this little bird was only migrating through our area. Talk about a lucky capture. That’s the second bird I’ve found here that I’ve never seen before and that seems to be passing through. Although secretly I hope that the grosbeaks stay the summer. Bringing my long lens with me today gave me a fun break from that macro lens I’ve been using all spring.
Today on my walk at Claireville Conservation Area I noticed a lot of little critters were out and about in the park. Usually I hear the birds but they are not always that keen to show themselves around us humans. Today for some reason they were more than happy to give me a brief view.
In one of the ravines I was able to capture this shot of a Catbird before it flew away. Birds are particularly difficult to capture because they rarely sit still unless they are eating at a feeder and even then you have to be quick and anticipate their movements. If you want to practice photographing birds I found it helpful to plant myself near a feeder with the camera on a tripod. Make sure to have a very high shutter speed to capture them as they move about the feeder. 1/500 of a second or faster will usually do the trick.
The animals are just as quick as the birds when you want to take their photo but I do find a lot of them will freeze before they run off while others are a little more on the friendlier side. This chipmunk appeared to be gathering some leaves, possibly for its nest. I was lucky that she decided to pose for me a few times before finally running off.
On my walk back to the car I was trying to photograph some Blue Jays high up in a tree when I noticed this osprey with something in his talons. After reviewing the photos I quickly snapped as he flew by, I realized it was a fish! Talk about lucky capture!
We were up early this morning to make sure we made it over to Dungeon Provincial Park to catch the sunrise. Settling down as the colours started to appear I took some long exposures to capture the beauty before the sun rose.
Once the sun made its appearance we started to explore the area a little more. From what I could tell it seems that Dungeon Provincial Park was named because of a sea cave. This cave has since lost its top and its two entrances look like eyes.
Very eerie looking with the sun lighting up these eyes.
We headed back to the hotel to grab some breakfast before packing up the car to head back to the west side of the island. Deciding to take the costal road we came across three foxes by the side of the road. As soon as I slowed the car down a fox approached the car in the hopes of a handout.
We were responsible travellers and didn’t give out any food as this can be a dangerous situation for the foxes when they associate cars with food. We did however get out of the car to catch some photographs of these beautiful creatures. It wasn’t too long before the foxes went from curious to bored. We didn’t take it personally and got back into the car to head to our next hotel for the night.