I think that the photos that I’m shooting this summer are going to last me well into the winter as far as getting them posted into my blog. That’s especially true because the fall bird migration has begun.
While birding in the fall isn’t as good as it is in the spring, I still hope to pick-up a few more new species for the My Photo Life List project that I’m working on. Fall birding isn’t as good as spring birding because there are still leaves on the trees making it difficult to find and photograph the birds, and, for many species, the males have molted out of their colorful breeding plumage.
I’ve skipped posting any species in the My Photo Life List project a few weeks this summer, because I’ve posted so many other posts. I’m getting near the half-way point as far as the number of species, and I’d kind of like to get past that milestone. I have photos of more than enough species to get past half-way, it’s just a matter of doing the posts. I’ve had too many other good photos that I wanted to share instead.
That’s okay, I have a feeling that I won’t be shooting many photos over the winter months. So, if I have photos left over from summer and fall, and plenty of Life List posts to do, I’ll have the time this winter, as I’d rather not post so-so photos of the same few species of birds every week.
I still have to do posts on a birding trip to the Muskegon area the weekend before last, and another on a scouting trip that I took to the Haymarsh State Game Area this weekend. I don’t want to get into too many details, but the Haymarsh SGA is just northeast of Big Rapids, Michigan, about the same distance from my apartment as Muskegon is. I used to be familiar with that area, one of my uncles lived less than ten miles from there. But, It’s been 35 years since I’ve been there.
It was hot, humid, with occasional showers and thunderstorms on Sunday, so it seemed like a good day to do a scouting trip where I’d be driving more than hiking. Being a state game area, the Haymarsh SGA is open to hunting, but it is also a great place for birding during the majority of the year when hunting season is closed. There’s even a campground there now, so I think that I’ll be spending quite a bit of time there in the future.
In the meantime, I’ve got photos to share, not all of them great, but I think that most of them are interesting, even if the quality isn’t that good.
I’ll start with this unidentified beetle on Queen Anne’s Lace.
Future thistle flowers.
One day while I was getting set to photograph some flowers in a field, I noticed a turkey trying to hide in the grass.
While I was shooting the flowers, the its curiosity got the better of the turkey, and she stuck her head up to see what I was up to. I had set down the camera body with the 300 mm lens on it, and only had the Tokina 100 mm lens for this shot.
But, how many people can say that they shot a turkey with a macro lens. 😉 She ducked back down in the grass, I finished shooting the flowers that were my main goal, then picked up the long lens. The turkey stuck her head up again, and I was ready, she wasn’t expecting that.
I suppose that I could have fooled around with her a bit more, but turkeys are a dime a dozen, and the males are more interesting, at least more colorful.
I shot this chipping sparrow with the 300 mm prime lens and 1.4 X extender….
…compare that one to this one shot with the Beast. (Sigma 150-500 mm lens)
…There’s not much difference between the two lenses, other than that the sparrow posed better for the image shot with the 300 mm.
Here’s another chipping sparrow picking up its take-out order.
An unidentified butterfly.
I found this insect climbing the stem of timothy grass, I wish that I had been able to get closer, and a better image.
I wouldn’t have known that it was an insect if I hadn’t seen the legs.
Other insects are much easier to shoot.
I found this odd whatever it is.
I have no clue what that is, it could be trash, but I thought that the way the grass was growing through it was cool.
I got a few other birds.
Here’s a few other things that I saw.
I don’t think that I need to explain many of these.
Well, that’s it for the photos.
I’ve had an odd thought lately, that I need two of the 1.4 X tele-converters. I’ve been swapping the one that I have back and forth between the Tokina macro lens, the 300 mm prime, and even the Beast a couple of times. I purchased the extender to use behind the Tokina macro lens to increase the working distance and magnification, and the extender really does the trick.
Since I had an extender, it led me to purchase the 300 mm prime lens, which wouldn’t be as good for either birding or close-ups without the extender. As much as I’m switching back and forth, I could use a second extender, but I think that I’ll hold off and save up for a Canon. The Tamron works great, but I can’t help but think that the Canon would be a touch better behind the Canon 300 mm prime.
But, before I prattle on any longer about that. I think that I’ll stop here for now.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!