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Wildlife

Week 22 – Working At the Limits of My Equipment – Handheld, Low Light, Too Far

Great Horned Owl in Palo Pinto Hills

I saw the great horned owl fly over from a nearby hill and land about 30 yards northeast of my elevated stand.  He saw me and wasn’t concerned in the least.  I am sure he sees himself as the meanest thing the area, and he might be right.  This bird is beautiful and huge.  I was again using the Nikon D300 and the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4.  This was hand-held and out of the 8 images I took this is one of perhaps tow that were of marginal value.

This is heavily cropped and processed.  It won’t be featured on a magazine cover but I think it shows how impressive these birds are.  It was fun seeing him in the wild and being just close enough to get some kind of image.

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

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Week 21 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Low Light and High ISO

  yearling whitetail after sunset

This is a young “button buck” that came by my stand after sunset.  You can only tell that he is a buck in the first image if you look close at where the antlers will be.  The light was obviously very low so the ISO is crank up to 3200.  The Nikon D300 doesn’t handle such high ISO’s very well.  The high ISO really pulls in the available light but at the cost of very grainy images.     I was about 25 yards away in a blind using a monopod with the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4 and a Nikon 1.4 TC2.  If this guy survives the predators maybe he will be show up next year as a small 4 or 6 point.

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Yearling Whitetail 2

Yearly Whitetail 2


Week 20 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Too Far, Hand Held

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond

I saw the great blue heron fishing at the far edge of a pond.  I stop in the side of the road and braced myself as best as I could for this hand-held image.   I was using the Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300 f/4.  I had lots of light so I opened the aperture for addition depth.  The distance was approximately 70 yards so this required a heavy crop and heavy post processing in an attempt to get a decent image out of the dozen I took.

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond


Week 19 – White Tail Doe

Went out this morning with my rifle and camera.  The rifle was for feral hogs.  The camera was for images like these.

Shot with Nikon D300 and Nikkor 300mm f/4.0.  Handheld and braced against the edge of my deer blind.   I think the 3rd and 5th images are my favorites from this series.

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Week 5

Two more critters this week but this time around the little “pond” in our front yard.  These were both taken from our kitchen window with Nikon 300mm AFS f/4 and Nikon 1.4x teleconverter.

First, a bright orange dragonfly perched on the tip of some horsetail.

Orange Dragonfly

And one of our resident Leopard Frogs in the moss.

Leopard Frog


Cardinal Perch

It looks like we may have a cardinal family in the making.  Both the male and female are partial to this perch.   They need to tie the knot before people begin to gossip.   I have to say I don’t know what she sees in him because there are much better looking cardinals in the neighborhood.  🙂 


White Breasted Nuthatch

I had to get help from the good folks at Nikonians to identify this girl.  It turns out Weatherford is about 50 or 60 miles west of their normal range.  I guess that is why it didn’t appear in my guide to Birds of North Central Texas.   This was taken beside the house and this little bird was putting on a show searching all the cracks and creases in the bark of the oaks.  She stopped for a few seconds and gave me this pose.