Watching Bald Eagles is such a wonderful treat! Unless you live on the coast of Alaska, Bald Eagles are quite uncommon (at least in the mountains of North Carolina they are quite rare). Last year a friendly fellow photographer shared the secret of the Conowingo Eagles. I want to thank you Bruce DeBonnis The Intrepid Amateur for sharing this wonderful place to watch and photograph Bald Eagles! Conowingo is on the Susquehanna River and in November and December the Eagles are very active. It was my first time using my new Canon 5Dsr for flight shots and it greatly exceeded my expectations. I would love to hear what other bird photographers think of the 5Dsr. I am very happy with the performance of this 50 MP camera.
I recently had the opportunity to use a new product from SleekLens. I used an overlay product called “Light Leak”. I use Photoshop CC 2017 and these are overlays that enable you to add light and/or color to various areas of your photos. There are 18 white and 13 Color Overlays. The overlays can be used as a simple drag and drop into your image. You can easily change the size to fit your image, create a mask and adjust opacity. These are great time savers! I recently used the light leaks overlays to enhance the sun which was very low in the sky. I can’t show you the before and after images because I used it on a project that I am currently preparing. On the Sleeklens website are many before and after examples for you to see. Let me assure you that you will want the simplicity and excellent results that these products produce! If you want to effortlessly (almost) and efficiently add that little extra punch or twinkle to your images, these are for you.
I only used the Light Leaks overlays for Photoshop but I was so impressed with the results that I am going to purchase some of their products. They offer products for both LightRoom and Photoshop. Check out SleekLens today.
I have always thought Purple Martins (you know the birds that live in the hollowed out gourds) ate tons of mosquitos! Recently on a trip to Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge I spotted someone carefully cleaning the Purple Martin nests. After asking her multiple questions, I learned a lot about these beautiful birds. They DO eat mosquitoes but that is only about 1-2% of their diet. Purple Martins feed mostly on dragonflies! They feed on the fly, meaning they eat and catch food while flying. Mosquitos typically live close to the ground. The Purple Martins don’t fly at night which is when mosquitos are active. I was certainly surprised to learn this fact. They are extremely acrobatic, beautiful birds and I have come to appreciate them much more even though they don’t really eat mosquitos.
I was leaving The Viera Wetlands one April afternoon because it had started to rain and I assumed there would be no more photography action that afternoon. Suddenly this Least Bittern appeared and took off right beside me! What a gift. These small Bitterns are hard to spot because they blend into their surroundings and even more difficult to photograph in flight because it is SO difficult to find them in the reeds. They live a very secretive life and I was blessed to have this one take off right in front of me at a time when I thought photography for that day was over due to rainy weather.
The American Robin is so common and so widespread! The American Robin’s beautiful song is often the first birdsong that greets us at dawn in America. Despite their familiarity and abundance, I find them beautiful and couldn’t resist this one sitting on a dead branch.