Eye on a Gator

I was out in our neighbor when I saw his gator.
 
The coolest part of these images, at least to me, is there is a spider walking on his/her eyelid.  You can see it in the reflection in the water.  There is a LOT of detail in the image.
 
The gator was on the small size, maybe 6-8′.  But still, I’m glad it was in the water and not chasing me.
 
Image was taken with Sony a7rIII with a Canon 100-400mm L IS lens. 1/800, f 7.1, 400 ISO @ 400mm.

Testing a Canon Super telephoto loaner lens on Eagles and Birds

I had fun recently.  I am a member of Canon’s CPS program- Canon Professional Service.  
This entitles me to try almost anything Canon makes for 10 days.
So, I thought I’d try the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

The lens is a beast.  It is very sharp but that comes with some negatives- size and price.

Weighs almost 8 lbs and cost $10,000  For more info on lens:
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/lenses/ef/super-telephoto/ef-200-400mm-f-4l-is-usm-extender-1-4x

Good day for bird pics, bad day for ants

So since it wasn’t raining today, I thought I’d go take some birds pics. Long story short- I spent the afternoon in the ER.

While I was shooting this Red-shouldered Hawk I was bitten by some ants. 10 minutes later I was swelling up and had hives. I went to ER, they took me right away. My eyes, ears and mouth was swollen.
Damn ants. Anyway, they took care of me and I’m OK now.

Taken with Canon 70D with 100-400mm L II IS lens @300mm, f6.3, 1/400 sec 200 ISO.

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Adolescent Bald Eagle sitting in tree

This is 1 of the 2 Adolescent Bald Eagles that we have in the area.  They are around 9 months old.  I’ve been photographing over that time period but this is the first time he/she came and sat outside my window.

He/she likes to sit there and squawk and make noise.  I don’t mind.  I just wish he would turn and face me (camera) so I can take a front view pic.

Taken with Canon 70D with Canon 100-400mm L II IS lens.
ISO 200, F5, 1/320 sec, at 220mm.

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Osprey hawk came to visit

The Osprey hawk visited today and sat and posed for me.

I love the detail in his/her feathers.  Also I love the death stare.

There are 3 Osprey that fly around in our area.  This one sat while the other 2 were flying high above.

This was taken with Canon 70D with Canon 100-400mm II L lens.

F5 at 1/2000 sec  at ISO 200, focal length 300mm

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Guess WHO came to visit…

We had a visitor the other day.

At first I didn’t see him/her. Blended so well into the tree. But then, I saw the eyes.  The bright yellow eyes staring back at me. It was a Great Horned Owl.

It sat there for a few minutes. Just long enough for me to grab my camera and take a few pics.  Then it flew off. I hope it comes back to visit again.

Taken with a Canon 70D with Canon 100-400mm II L lens, f5.6, 1/200, 400 ISO, @ 330mm.

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Bald Eagle coming right at me

Well, not actually right at me.  The Bald Eagle looks as if it were coming at me on this take off but it flew above and to the right of me. I guess wearing the bunny ears worked.  Just kidding.

I love the look on its face.  Great stare.  Not sure what I would have done if it came right at me.

This was taken in Lakewood Ranch, FL.
I used Canon 70D with Canon 100-400mm II L lens.

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HULK: Smash Puny Humans…

Recently, I was out in my garden taking some macro shots of some plants, when I had a visitor.

From out of the bushes came the green monster, the HULK.  He was huge. Look how he towers over the mushrooms.  And he was fast.  I only got off this one image and then he was gone.

Before he jumped away, I heard him mumble, “Ragnarok”.  I Googled this and I see this is where his friend, Thor, lives.  He must be heading his way.

I look forward to the next encounter with the green beast in my backyard garden.

Until then…

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Watching a Bald Eagle family…

I spent the morning watching this family of bald eagles.
I watched as the male left to get food.
And I watched as the female sat above and in front of the next protecting the baby.
Can’t wait to get images of the baby flying.  Stay tuned…
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