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Squabs Leaving the Nest   Leave a comment

Here are later pictures of the two squabs that were raised this Spring in our backyard, on top of our outdoor speaker. Based on the hair on their heads, I called them Scruffy and Baldy.

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Two dove chicks

This is Scruffy after having left the nest, finding its bearings in our backyard:

young dove on ground

Baldy had already claimed the top of the fence as his perch:

young dove on fence

While mom was supervising their progress from the top of a nearby shed:

Dove and weathervane

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 100mm EFL macro lens

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut

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Hawk under the moon   Leave a comment

Saw this hawk looking for prey at sunrise behind our house. Here are two different takes on that scene, both shot with my iPhone, but one with the Hipstamatic app.

osprey and moon

 

Osprey and moon BW

 

Water tower with birds   Leave a comment

Captured along I-95.


iPhone, adjusted with Snapseed

Posted March 11, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Architecture, Travel, US

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Hawk hunting at dawn   3 comments

Captured this Red-tailed Hawk as he was surveying the field behind our house for his breakfast during sunrise. The other images were shot after I followed him to a tree that allowed me to get closer.

Osprey sunrise

Osprey looking right

Osprey looking forward

And this is the one when he finally had enough:

Osprey getting away

Posted January 14, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Take-off at sunset   1 comment

Captured this seagull as it took off from its perch on a pier,  while kayaking in Clinton Harbor and looking straight at the sunset:

bird take off

 

Canon 7D, 200mm lens
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/5000 sec

Posted October 8, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Blue Heron, Walking   8 comments

Came across this poem by Julie Bruck in a recent edition of the New Yorker, which matched the photos I took just the day before:

 

Not one of Mr. Balanchine’s soloists had feet this articulate,
the long bones explicitly spread, then retracted,
even more finely detailed than Leonardo’s plans for his flying machines.
And all this for a stroll, a secondary function,
not the greatdramatic spread and shadow of those pterodactyl wings.
This walking seems determined less by bird volition or
calculations of the small yellow eye
than by an accident of breeze, pushing the bird on a diagonal,
the great feet executing their tendus and lifts in the slowest of increments,
hesitation made exquisitely dimensional,
as if the feet thought themselves through each minute contribution to propulsion,
these outsized apprehenders of grasses and stone, snatchers of mouse and vole,
these mindless magnificents that any time now
will trail their risen bird like useless bits of leather.
Don’t show me your soul, Balanchine used to say, I want to see your foot.

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Posted September 18, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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I spy a few herons   1 comment

Spotted a few herons that, uncharacteristically, sat in a tree (do you see them in the first picture?) rather than stalking their prey in the muddy marsh below.

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Fortunately they stayed there until I got close enough to take these shots:

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Canon 7D, 200mm w/2x converter
ISO 400
f/5.6
1/500 sec

Posted September 10, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature

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