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Gypsy Flores Photography 11:45pm, 19 December 2006
I take mostly photographs of the natural world and hopefully I will be able to post one a day; but I often travel and do not have an internet connection when I do. I defintely have no problem taking photographs everyday.

A test shot for our "borrowed" clothing theme. Me, approaching 58 on February 3, 2008.

Self-Portrait in Red Scarf
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Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Die Deustche Baeckerin die kommt heir jede Mittwoche macht eine wunderbare Spelzbrot
and my grandfather makes me order it for him - he wont buy her Brioche because it is too expensive but spelt is worth it he says - yum - i was thinking of making bread tonight too - to take with me on the weekend - o rdevour tonight - same diff LOL
love the seal photo (though dont tell anyone here in the land of the seal haters :)
I don't know if the harbor seals are as hated as much around here--people are ambivalent about the otters though--"et up all them abalonies and uder shell fish"
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
funny innit - the trawlers and draggers couldnt possibly be responsible
LOL
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 16, 2007
I do not know why I am just dragging these days.
I get up early, go to the gym and work out. Then I am off to work pruning, planting, weeding, mowing etc. The life of a gardener. After work I usually go somewhere to take photographs. Today I went to the slough again. There were Northern pintails and cinammon teals and even northern shovelers. That was exciting. I took about 300 photographs but I don't have the energy to look at all of them. I just edited two and posted them on my site.
I want to take a nap but I must prepare for a radio show tonight. I am subbing for a friend on the show of African music. When I do the African show, I like to play music from all over the African continent and represent as many different countries as I can. I love the music from all over but my special favorite is the music of West and North Africa. I must admit to leaning a little heavily in that direction. I include Madagascar, Île de Réunion, Cape Verde Islands and Zanzibar too.

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
My - your life seems busy - but then again it is full of life.

I too find myself drawn to africa - have visited most of the north (Libya wouldn't allow me in as relations with america are not good enough they told me) and most of the south - amazing music, food and gentle people. (let's don't talk about the trouble in the middle)

I am happy for you in your garden - we only have the balcony.

Oh - could you recommend a good book for birds, you know all the names it seems and I would like to find a reference.

Thanks for the photo today...CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The seal photo... soooo fluid. Obviously it's water, but it's just a wonderful capture of a creature that is amazingly graceful in water. (not so much on land LOL.)

I'd love recommendations on African music...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 17, 2007
Had a restless, fitful sleep last night. Rolled out of bed about 5:30 this morning. I know one is supposed to sleep-in on their days off; but I never can. It is my day off, I want to make it last as long as possible. I drove out to Elkhorn Slough with the specific purpose of finding tree swallows to photograph. I walked up to the north marsh overlook to see if I could find them. They were flying all over the place. I cannot even imagine being able to get a shot of them in flight--I am just not that good. I did make a few attempts; but mostly they just flew right out of the frame. There are a few bird houses on poles just off the trail, so I just sat down and waited for them to land. I took about 300 shots of them.

The day was so warm, almost like a summer day (except in Santa Cruz our summers are usually cool and foggy). It was so pleasant sitting there watching them and listening to the sparrows sing. This isn't a trail that many people take so for the most part I had the whole place to myself.

CG, I answered on your site.
Magpie 33 I will go to your site and make those recommendations; but Africa is a huge continent with lots and lots of musical styles.

Tree swallow

Tree Swallow
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 18, 2007

I promised to fill in the blanks about today but I have been very busy with work. So now I will write a little bit about my trip to the wetlands of Central California.

We left Santa Cruz at 6:30 in the morning and drove the 2 hours over Pacheco Pass and into the central valley to the wetland region just beyond Los Banos. First we went to the Merced Wildlife National Refuge where we saw:
Northern Shovelers
Cinammon Teals
Blue-winged Teals
White-faced Ibis
Red-tailed Hawks
Northern Harriers
Great Horned Owls
Yellow-rumped Warblers
American Bittern
Pintails
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Greater White-fronted Geese
Ross's Geese
Sandhill Cranes
Long-billed Curlews
American Coots
Common Moorhen
Mallards
Marsh Wrens
Bewick's Wrens
Tree Swallows
Meadowlarks
Loggerhead Shrikes
Yellow-crowned Sparrows
Red-winged Blackbirds
White-crowned Sparrows
Song Sparrows
Canada Geese
Gadwalls
Ruddy ducks
vultures
Great Egrets
Snowy Egrets
Great Blue Herons
American Kestrels
Cooper's Hawk (actually in the parking lot at Denny's in Los Banos where we stopped for coffee)
We could hear Virginia Rail but we never saw these elusive birds
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
American Avocets
Black-necked Stilts
Dowitchers
Lesser Yellowlegs
Dunlins
Gulls (of course)
Mourning Doves
Crows
Spotted Towhees
California Towhees
Anna's Hummingbirds
Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Black Phoebes
Scrub Jays
Steller's Jays
Hermit Thrush
Several Pipits
European Starlings
Yellow-headed Blackbird
and many more that I cannot remember but may recall later and add to this list.
The most amazing part was having the Ross's Geese, the Greater White-Fronted Geese, Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes flying above our heads. They came for miles and there were thousands. Some would land, others would take off and we felt like we were inside one of those glass globes that you shake and all the snow flies around. I have never experienced a more thrilling site--this rivaled when all those terns flew directly above my head last year. The Sandhill Cranes were the purpose of the trip and they were as beautiful and elegant as I thought they would be.

We later drove to the Los Banos National Wildlife Refuge where we saw the Tundra Swans. There were about 25 of them swimming out in the wetlands--a little too far for my camera but I didn't care. I took some shots (lots of shots) but mostly I just was amazed to see such beauty.
On the road to the swans we also saw a small herd of Tule elk.

We drove along Gun Club Road (yes, the wetlands are partially funded and taken care of by duck hunters) and saw many more birds including American wigeons. We had hoped to see canvasbacks and redheads but we did not see any. No matter, we were all very contented with the enormous variety that we had seen. Someone had kept a count and I heard her say (early on in the day) that she had listed more than 80 species of birds that we had seen. This did not include the gopher snake and all the ground squirrels.



Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Intense...it is as if there is no other thought but for food...very nice

CollardGreens: Oops!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 19, 2997
Worked this morning even though it is a "holiday" (President's Day). In the late afternoon, I went for a hike in Wilder Ranch with my friends, Judy and Jeanne. I took a few photographs but mostly I was there to enjoy their company.

Dried Rattlesnake Grass in the evening light
Rattlesnake Grass

I would like to lie in a meadow together
our faces to the sky
I would tell you all my thoughts
ripening like the seeds
that shine in the sunlight
on the dried grass
Would you hear them
Would you listen
They are always of you
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
(catching up after a long week-end)
Love your grass photo!

I share your feeling about not wasting time sleeping on days off. I normally get up even earlier than usual on week-ends...

I'm puzzled at your tree swallow. I don't think I've ever seen a swallow not either in flight or on the edge of the nest.

Great pic of the hawk...

Thanks for sharing all that!

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Maybe it is because I am just back after a good lunch...but I look at your last post and think about a nap in a meadow...Nice ...zzzzzz

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 21, 2007

Male bufflehead in flight
Male Bufflehead
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Avocets, shrikes, and harriers are some of my favorites from your extensive (WOW) list... I've never seen a Sandhill crane! Your experience sounds beautiful.

I watched a fairly interesting documentary on OPB Sunday night on raptors. It had some facts I didn't know of, and some gorgeous videography. Did you know that peregrines' tears are extra viscous so they don't evaporate as readily during their amazing dives? (they call them stoops, but I didn't know that either...) They also explained in detail how vultures catch updrafts. Really fascinating stuff...

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 21, 2007

I didn't have much time for photography today. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I was rushing around trying to get a lot of work done. I did take the time to go up to West Lake School in the afternoon and teach the young "Brownies" to do a Greek dance for the international night of all the brownie and girl scout troops in the area. They were so much fun to be with and we all had a great time.

Just before I was there I dropped by West Lake Pond.

Male Mallard
Male Mallard
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
:)
rainy day huh? good day to sit by the fire and tell stories - maybe with some porto and some quiet tunes
Sure, drop by any time. I will provide the porto and I have a collection of about 4000 CDs from all over the world. Fire, porto, music, maybe some really good cheese. It is supposed to rain tomorow. What time should I open the bottle?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 22, 2007

Rained all night and on and off during the morning. One of those days where when it wasn't raining, I was working and when it was raining I was doing errands. I dropped by Struve Slough for a little bit but didn't have much time to wait for the birds to return after flying off when I arrived.

It is supposed to snow in the Santa Cruz mountains tonight.

Tree in Struve Slough
Struve Slough
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Oh - water looks really high...will you see flooding this year? Port, cheese, fire...stories - what about the stories? I would love to sit and hear the tales from Africa you must have...perhaps to add a few of my own...

CollardGreens: Oops!
I've never been to Africa. I am not the world traveler that you are. I have only visited Europe, Canada and Mexico. But I would love to hear your stories about Africa.

Probably won't see flooding this year as we have had very little rain this winter. The slough is high from the recent rains though.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
4000 CDs from all over the world -- Now we're talkin..... can I bring anything?

I'm amazed at the variety of birds that you saw.... what's even more impressive is that you recognize them and their calls

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
Wow, this sounds like a party. I love the idea of sitting around the fire and swapping stories.

BG--I recognized a lot and by their calls too; but I was with the Santa Cruz Bird Club and they are a wealth of information.

I am going back today with two friends.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 23, 2007

My friends Jeanne and Judy and I left this morning at 6:30 and drove the two hours to the Merced Wildlife Refuge. There weren't as many birds as there was on Sunday but still the same variety of birds. We took a slow drive around the loop stopping often to get out and survey the area. We ended up at the cranes and geese again. They are so thrilling to see.
After we drove tried to find our way to the Los Banos Wildlife Refuge but kept getting lost. No matter, we had a great time. We finally found it and we ate our lunch there. Jeanne had to be back in Santa Cruz by 2:00 p.m. So we needed to rush back. I could have stayed all day--or even a week.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 24, 2007

Woke up early--It is Saturday!
Met my friend Judy and I (and two other carpool passengers Bill and Cyril) drove up to Loma Prieta to go on a hike with the California Native Plant Society. Our hike was lead by Grey Hayes (plants) and Laird Henkel (animal life). It was a cold, grey misty day so we saw few birds and other animals; and it was too wet and grey for photography. Mostly we looked at plants that are found in this maritime chaparrel. We saw a few things in bloom including ceanothus and a patch of Indian paintbrush. We did hear animals such as chipmunks, California thrashers, wrentits, bushtits, and spotted towhees. We saw band-tailed pigeons and scrub jays. We also saw a rat's nest.
By 1:00 we were all pretty wet, tired, and hungry. Cyril pulled out a small bottle of mulberry wine that he had made and some small paper cups. We each had a few sips and then hiked back to our cars.

When we returned to Judy's house, she fed me lunch and then we took a walk around Soquel Creek. I had never had the opportunity to see the Rispin Mansion. It is all fenced and boarded up and in a state of major disrepair. Over the years, the mansion has been heavily vandalized and is said to be haunted. You can still see from the outside that it must have been very grand and elegant at one time.

Window at the Rispin mansion

Rispin Mansion
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 25, 2007
Very rainy day

Bushtit on my Greek Bay Tree
Bushtit in Greek Bay Tree
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
:)
*waves from across a fence two
things look good
*puts head down again
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 26, 2007
So much rain. I did manage to work this morning. I did not take my camera with me for two reasons. First because I do not like taking it out in wet weather and second because I would have to leave it in my truck and I am having trouble with the locking mechanism on the driver's side door. This afternoon it was windy and pouring rain. There was a few minutes break and my two cats and I made a break through the back door into my garden. There was a mockingbird at the top of my pear tree and a ruby crowned kinglet in the plum. I attempted a few shots of them but nothing satisfied me. I decided to turn the camera on my girls.

Penny
Penny

Kittygirl
Kittygirl

I know I am only supposed to post one photo a day but I had to put both today! :D
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 27, 2007

And still it rains.

Peeps
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
wow - this is a crop obviously - i love it - im "vacillating" on how i feel about the focus - i love it - so much motion - yup - im decided now - good work - we have another month before the rain starts - we usually get a couple good dumps of heavy snow in march and then nice nice weather - tricks ya like and then in early to mid april it snaps back cold and disgusting for a while and slowly thaws into summer -
It is a small crop to emphasize the birds on top and in front.

Yeah, this weather is typical. I work in between the rains; but it does make it hard to get out and do my daily photographs. I had a good early morning on the beach though and took quite a lot of photographs especially of a kingfisher and of a snowy egret.

I am on my way to stop by your stream...
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Piper 1 to Squadran...LEFT ! Now...roll out on bearing 227 !

I have seen them fly like this but never seen them in a capture like this...good job. They were all in extended wing formation ...heads level to the horizon! The sun peeks through the white feathers...amazing.

CollardGreens: Oops!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 28, 2007
Worked when it wasn't raining. In reading my email someone mentioned College Lake being a good place to see birds. I had never heard of this lake; but discovered it was in Watsonville and so without directions I decided to try to find it. I had a map--but I forget, I always get lost in Watsonville. And I certainly did. I could see the lake from the road but I could see absolutely no public acess. At times while I was looking for it, the rain came down hard, other times it was moderately sunny. I got frustrated and decided to spend a little quiet time at Struve Slough. There it was cold and sprinkly but I managed to sit quietly and see a few hawks, bushtits, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, northern shovelers, ruddy ducks, etc. I drove home to my cold house and warm cats. (It snowed in the Santa Cruz mountains last night and I could see the snow covered top of Loma Prieta in the distance when I was at Struve Slough). I think the weather is supposed to clear up for a day or two on Friday. Good. Two friends and I plan to go to the Panoche Valley on Saturday.

Hawk hiding
Hawk Hiding Place (Predator)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
:D
im envisaging that sunshine for you - just interviewed a vet from iwo jima today - he says everything was so wet he had to oil his rifle strap to keep it from rotting - hope things arent at that level for you yet
envisaging is a new word for me. Is that like envisioning a massage?
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
uh... it could be - sure :)
- i hope im not crossing any lines when i say i love to give massages

i really dont think i made that word up - but maybe ??
I love to receive massages.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 1, 2007

After work, I decided to take a walk in the woods so I went up to Quail Hollow. I was hoping to see some varied thrushes there. I did the loop trail around and saw many birds including hawks building nests, a kestrel, a ring-necked duck in the pond, acorn woodpeckers, jays but no thrushes. I almost gave up hope. As I was walking through the deeper woods, I loved over into a small clearing and there on a downed log was a male varied thrush. I knew it was too dark for a decent photograph, but he was staring over his shoulder at me, almost inviting me to go ahead and try. I fired off several using various shutter speeds and changing my ISO to 400 hoping for one fairly decent shot. I don't really believe I got any that were very good at all, but I posted two in my photo stream. I sat near the park headquarters and watched the antics of an acorn woodpecker for a while; but did not see any more thrushes.

Tonight I went to Vasilli's, the Greek restaurant, to dance away my winter blues. (I love my winter blues--I am after all, Portuguese. :D)

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
gulp again - yikes - one time at a friend's house we got to watch a hawk eat some other bird right outside the window - pretty amazing really how they go about eating everything LOL
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The Stilt photo is wonderful!!! Bushtits are TINY - good work. And I love the repetition of the Piper photo. Which hawk is hiding? And wow, look at the detail on the Redtail's dinner... Now off to look at your photo stream....

I've missed some nice work over these few days. I am completely comisserating with you and the rain...

Erica Day by Day 2007
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
@Jonathan: from the Merriam-Webster website, a fairly good resource, imho. I wish there was an English one (as opposed to a 'Merikun one)
Main Entry: en·vis·age
Pronunciation: in-'vi-zij, en-
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -aged; -ag·ing
Etymology: French envisager, from en- + visage face
1 : to view or regard in a certain way <envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime>


No wonder it sounds "foreign"...

Gipsy, I'm constantly amazed by the number of birds you manage to see, and the wonderful pictures you take. Thank you so much for sharing all that.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
GREAT photo of the red tailed hawk...but he could take a lesson from Ospreys...they hold fresh caught fish facing forward so they can have a last look at the world.

Very nice stuff...as para says - I too am amazed at the amount of flight life you see...bravo - well done.

CollardGreens: Oops!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
@ para scuba - double check dude - is there nothing in there about massaging?
envisager=to consider

(but envisaging, I believe translates as to consider giving a massage while envisioning lots of things like sunshine etc.)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 2, 2007

Well whether you massaged the thermometer or not Jonathan, today was a mild spring-like day. I worked and worked. Now, I must clean my house, prepare to go out of town tomorrow, decide what music I want to play on my radio show on Sunday and get my taxes ready to take to the man who does my taxes for me and go dancing tonight.

This morning I took photographs in the olive orchard at a garden where I work. The birds were in the flowering plums, quail were singing in the woods, a deer came by to say hello and this little possum wandered by.

Young Opossum
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
so that's a possum? you sure he aint just playing possum?
i think we swapped weather - ours is yuck - you can thank me later ;P
Sure JR, I 'll envisage that right away.
Thanks. :D
msspider66 11 years ago
I love the possum. He's adorable. How did you get so close?

[Ms Spider66]
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 3, 2007

Went to the Panoche Valley today. I am exhausted. I will fill in the blanks tomorrow.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Beep Beep
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Meep Meep ! I've only seen one in person one time...too fast ! Very nice possum...playing or no they can provide you with a nasty bite and a quick trip for a tetnus shot !! (Experience)

Safe Journey...
CollardGreens: Oops!
Latcho Drom, CG
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 4, 2007

I am in need of a good night's sleep and I have too much to do.
Later my friends

Gull

Tricky move in the latest line dance
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I had no idea that road-runners existed outside of cartoons! (Duh!)

Love the look on the gull's "face"...

Great pictures, as usual Gipsy.

I often (particularly as I walk in the woods close to my place) wonder how you manage to get close enough to all the birds you photograph, and the varieties you manage to encounter. You provided a partial answer (meeting with bird-watching clubs), which is something I've been considering, but I'm still curious as to anything special you might be doing.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
I've only been on a bird club field trip once. Usually I go alone. To me, that is the key--being alone and being very quiet and patient. It helps to know in advance where to go though--and that is why going with birders initially is good. The area I live in is also very rich with opportunities to see birds. I live a few minutes walk to the beach, the forest and mountains are a short drive away and then we are surrounded by ponds, lakes, lagoons, and sloughs. Santa Cruz prides itself on its "open space" too. I am a gardener which affords me the opportunity to not only be outdoors all day long; but be flexible in my work hours.

Although I have taken some relatively nice shots of birds with a point and shoot camera; I feel that one needs a relatively good camera with interchangeable lenses (a single lens reflex) to take better shots. I purchased a Canon Rebel a few months ago and then even more recently a 100-400 mm lens. That enables me to be a bit "closer" than a point and shoot zoom lens would.

I am still learning and I am often very frustrated at the end of a session that I could not get one decent shot. Here are a few things that I also recommend. Shoot in manual. Set your ISO to about 200 if it is very bright outside or 400 if it is shadier. You need to have a very fast shutter speed--never shoot in less than 250--better if you can get it to be faster.

If your birds are hidden in branches than you will need to use manual focus rather than auto focus.

I hope that this helps. I am no expert. I recommend looking at groups such as Animal Kingdom and Spectacular Animals and read some of the discussions there.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 5, 2007

Black Oystercatcher on West Cliff

Black Oystercatcher
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 6, 2007

This morning I worked at Kathy's garden. There are lots of children there as it is a co-housing project and when they are around (mostly in summer) they like to follow me around as I work. Gabriel and Zara were home today and were showing me how they like to climb trees. They are two of my favorite people. Once they recited for me several poems they had memorized--one was the Jabberwocky. They never missed a beat or a word. Zara is four and Gabriel is five years old.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Looks like somebody was cutting her own bangs !! (Zara). I would love to photograph more children - unfortunately a few bad souls have ruined it for the rest of us...it is generally not allowed in FR - rightly so.

Thank you very much for the advice on capturing birds - I had no clue where to start - more input please (the robot said).
CollardGreens: Oops!
I don't think I would photograph children I didn't know, certainly not without a parent's (and the child's) permission. You are right, Zara has this obsession with cutting her own bangs.

I am still a beginner where photographing birds in concerned; but I am willing to try to answer any questions you might have.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Nice pic of the kids. Climbing trees is fun!

Thanks for all the info on chasing bird pictures. I'm fairly comfortable with the technical issues (got an adequate tele lens, monopod, I've figured out that when there is a lot of branches in the way, manual focus is the way to go, and the pics are of an acceptable (technical)quality even at ISO800, so no problem with shutter speed), but I'm frustrated in approaching the birds. I try to be reasonable and accept that in winter, I won't see as many, but I also realise it's going to be quite a bit more difficult with the folliage in the way after spring.
Up to now, I've mostly been walking around, pausing when I see one in the distance and creeping up (I can be _very_ patient) as I don't know yet of very good spots (well, I don't even know what a good spot is!) to setup a lookout post. I plan on going to a river estuary for an afternoon for a change of species and surroundings, but work gets in the way (Bleah!).

In the meantime, I enjoy _your_ bird pictures...

Thanks for sharing.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Location, location, location. :D
I live in a great one for a wide variety of birds.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 7, 2007

Heading to Monterey to go dancing.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned NIght Heron
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
these kids know good literature :)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Those kids are adorable... Love that they're in a tree! And see maybe a koala up there with them?

Thought of you this past weekend. Went to a refuge, saw many birds - male and female harriers (love them!) and my first pair of hooded mergansers!! Made me envy your 400 mm lens. Someday....

Erica Day by Day 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
EXIF data would be nice to help learn what your settings were on a particular shot. The check box to allow camera settings to be added to a photo used to be in your profile but I don't see it on first glance tonight. I will look and pass where.

Thanks for another great photo of a bird doing what a bird does !

CollardGreens: Oops !
magpie33, it is a stuff squirrel that Zara put up there with them.

And yes, JR, only the best literature. They recite William Blake too.

I am not certain why my EXIF data doesn't show. It never has while I have been on flickr. I keep meaning to check into it; but I always forget.

Thanks
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
March 8, 2007

Up on a ladder today pruning large tree roses like Buff Beauty and Madame Alfred Carriere. Then a meeting at the radio station. I am very tired.

Goldfinch
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
EXIF Data...you need to go to your photostream...select YOU allowing the pulldown to come open...then select YOUR ACCOUNT...then PRIVACY AND PERMISSIONS...then you will see a listing of ON/OFF settings. One of these is EXIF data..edit it to YES and all world hunger will disappear, peace will break out and your bank account will overflow....no really but your EXIF data will appear when you view your photos. Hope this helps...looking forward to learning from the bird master...

CollardGreens: Oops!
Ah! Thanks. I have done it; but to me the data is incomprehensible smulch. :D
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Ahh but it tells me you used a 400mm lens with f5.6 set and manual mode on the camera as well as matrix metering...must have also had a tripod for that kind of lens. Photoshop as a post processor and some small things about the resulting jpg. Thanks. Now - if you had to do it all over again...what lens would you buy ??

thanks for the information ! CollardGreens: Oops!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I always marvel at the variety of birds that you have in your area -- amazing....
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
CG--no, I don't have a tripod. I use photoshop for cropping and perhaps a little changing of the light if the photo was too dark. I would buy an 800mm lens with image stability!! Imagine lugging that around. :P What is my fantasty lens-- www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/news/200_500_28.htm with a Canon 30D. Well, I can dream...
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
the march 8th photo is crazy good - wow - love the arched neck
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Wow - I just went to look at the lens...looks like one of the Star Wars flying scooters ! Yow...what a creature. The ad says that the camera is not included but my guess is that the camera cost is only incidental compared to the cost of the lens. That you don't use a tripod and get that kind of clarity tells me you are a pretty steady shooter...good stuff.

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 9, 2007

I worked really hard all day. In the afternoon, to relax, I took a walk around Neary Lagoon. There were two Canada geese there. I have never seen Canada Geese at Neary before.

Canada Goose
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 10, 2007

My friend Judy and I went to visit Bonnie today in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We had a breakfast of vegetables from her garden--starting out with a squash soup and then vegetables of kale and potatoes. Delicious food. She lives in an area of oak and madrone and surrounded by wildlife. Part of it--the cultivated garden she has fenced off to keep the deer out. While there we saw quail, woodpeckers, pygmy nuthatches, pine siskins, dark-eyed juncos, band-tailed pigeons, stellar's jays, scrub jays, house finches, goldfinches, crows, an oak titmouse, and this little chipmunk

Chipmunk

On the drive home (I was the passenger) we were rear-ended by a woman who was not paying attention to the light at the intersection. I hurt my neck and shoulders; but haven't gone into the doctor yet. I will probably go in tomorrow.

Tonight I will spend the night with my friend who lives near Elkhorn Slough.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
thats the same chipmunk i photographed at mt rushmore 25 years ago - except he's alot less blurry
hope your ok
I am trying to convince myself that I am; but my neck keeps telling me it hurts.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
We had a drunk hit us from the rear (10 years ago)...we were at a stop light - he was doing 100Km/Hr...still hurts when it rains! Go the the doc...now.

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 11, 2007
I was going to spend the day working in my garden pruning and weeding. The roses have started putting on their new clothes and both Madame Alfred Carriere and Climbing Talisman have started to bloom.
My neck and shoulders are still sore; so I decided to go for a walk instead. I spent the morning in Elkhorn Slough. There were terns there today. I guess they are migrating back. Saw more Canada Geese too; so my guesses are that the spring migration has begun. I went to the North Marsh Loop to see the swallows. On the way I saw a belted kingfisher in the eucalyptus trees and heard marsh wrens in the reeds.

I came home and made a birthday cake for friends and now I am going to our potluck/vecherinka to eat and dance.

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
:)
msspider66 11 years ago
Sorry about your accident. Hope your neck and shoulders are feeling better.

I don't comment here as much as I should, but I have to tell you I love your pictures. One of the highlights of checking in here is taking a look at your latest shots. I not only envy the fact the fact that you see such beauty daily, but your skill at capturing it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kelly

[Ms Spider66]
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Hope you feel better soon... I was rear-ended once and for a while every time I stopped a car I would brace, anticipating the crash. Strange... it wasn't a traumatizing event at all (I wasn't hurt and the car barely dented) but it definitely puts an imprint on the brain.

Nicely captured color on the swallow - difficult to catch their beauty sometimes...

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 12, 2007

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Gone Fishin'
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Bird lady strikes again...you can see every detail ! Thanks -

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 13, 2007

I am doing battle with the insurance company of the woman who rear ended the car I was a passenger in. Fortunately, my friend Judy had collision insurance and her company will pay the bills until the rival insurance company compensates me. They do not know who they are dealing with! An angry woman in pain who's brother-in-law is not only a lawyer who deals with exactly these sort of cases but is also a judge. A angry woman in pain who also is good friends with a doctor who will see her tomorrow in the office.

I am having difficulty working and difficulty carrying my heavy camera. I am an angry woman in pain so watch out.

:D

Ode to spring

Ode to Spring
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey - you got bird friends too...send the birds ! That will get them ! Wasn't there a movie about that some years ago ??

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 14, 2007

I'll explain later--really, I will.

Chevrolet
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i love this -- deterioration and my favorite colors....
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
OK left to the devices of a wondering and wandering mind - we come with our own...

Let's see...53, 54, 55 vintage Chevy sedan...probably 4 door. Perhaps even a pick-up (they used the same badge then)...this being a shot of the glove box door...note the oxidation from a spilled cup of coffee. Bird lady inserts the key...pats the accelerator a couple of times (to charge the carbeurator - you had to do that with these makes) the starter growls, the 6 cly in line motor with the oil filled air filter coughs to life - spitting a short burst of black smoke out the exhaust. She presses the clutch and shifts the column mount 3 speed into first - eases the clutch out and 2.5 tons of trouble for one uncooperative insurance agent rolls out on to the blacktop..."Now let's see who's neck hurts !"

Or perhaps I have had too much coffee this morning !!

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Nice contrast to t his one, eh?
www.flickr.com/photos/collardgreens/419275576/
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 15, 2007

Walking by him as I was pursuing the sound of a thrush and I looked over and he tried to tell me just what E=MCsquared really means. As if I wanted to know. As if I needed to know.

Big Daddy Cattail Einstein
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
totally - wow - nice work - yeehaw
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Dateline: Bullrush Santuary..."Little did young albert realize that time is also a space and place continuum...left in a blurr returned in a burr ! "

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:D
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 16, 2007

Acorn woodpeckers are communists of the purist type.

Acorn Woodpecker
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 17

I think I overdid it today and I have a very sore neck and shoulders. I feel a bit queasy. I need to lie down; but I must prepare for my radio show and do a few other projects.

Snowy Egret/Egretta thula
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Man - the woodpeckers have done a number on that tree. How do the trees manage to coexist ?
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ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
A great photo of the woodpecker and a magnificent one of the egret!
Hope your neck and shoulders will get better soon.

About that Sigma zoom, sounds awesome. Especially the 2.8 at 500. I hesitated quite q bit when I decided to purchase my tele, and a contributor in one of the dpreview forums recommended the 600f/4 over the 400f/2.8, but that was before the Sigma came out. I wonder if he would change his mind...

I can only imagine the weight of that beast! I particularly like the fact that it has a x2 extender as a "standard accessory". I seldom use my 600 without the x1.4 extender...

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 18, 2007
Early morning on the beach. My friend Judy drove over this morning and we went to Natural Bridges State Beach to try to catch another sight of the Brown Booby. This is a tropical bird that has somehow made its way up to Santa Cruz. There was one in Monterey for a while but I don't know if this one in Santa Cruz is the same one. What a beauty this bird is. The beach is like porcelain and the feet are the color of yellowed ivory. The breast feathers are white and from a distance look like the wool on a lamb. The rest of the feathers are a rich brown. I have a few photos of it in my photo stream.
We took a walk along the beach when the booby had flown away from the top of the natural bridge. I took a few shots of an oystercatcher at the top of the bridge and a few shots of the nesting cormorants. There was a snowy egret sitting on the top of a pine tree up on the cliffs. On the beach were godwits, egrets, and whimbrels.

After our beach walk we had breakfast at Kelly's. Then I went home to prepare for my radio show. The station is having our pledge drive that we do every six months. I always find this a challenge. My show did extremely well though and that was exciting.

Now I am home trying to rest my neck. I am supposed to go to dinner where two great Balkan bands are playing; but I am not feeling up to it.

Whimbrel

Whimbrel
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