Sunday, December 26, 2010
The only difficult part was the moon was near vertical and my tripod wanted to tip over being so out of balance. Holding the tripod and shooting a burst of 3 shots at a time helped. I used shutter priority for the most part. It seemed my best results were with shutter speed between 1/160 and 1/180 and the exposure set at -1.5.
Here are the results. All times are mountain time. My only disappointment was not capturing the orange glow of the moon during the full eclipse. I guess I need to work on shutter speed and exposure settings.
Moon pre-eclipse at 9:42 PM 21 Dec
Moon at 12:28 AM 22 DEC
Moon at 12:24 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 12:48 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 12:54 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 1:03 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 01:17 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 01:27 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 01:43 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 01:46 AM 22 Dec
Moon at 01:50 AM 22 Dec
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Our bird count with many already left on their migration was surprisingly good. Here is a list of the species we saw.
White Breasted Nuthatch
White Crowned Sparrow
Black Capped Chickadee
American Tree Sparrow
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Red Tail Hawk
I was without my scope and not able to digiscope but this female Downey Woodpecker came close but hid in the brush. Downey’s are always neat to watch foraging up and down limbs and trunks of trees.
Urling Kingery spotted possibly the last hurrah of a Dainty Sulfur butterfly. The great weather we have been having has enabled this summer resident to hang in there well into November.
A Ferruginous Hawk soared above and took sentinel duty on a hill top about half mile away. Once again I wished I had my spotting scope and point and shoot camera for this digiscoping opportunity.
I love the age range of birders that Audubon attracts on the walks. Nature provides a great bond for kids and adults.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The trip began with a rendezvous at the historic Peck House B&B in Empire, Colorado where we began with coffee, beagles, and hummingbirds. The Peck House front porch was abuzz with Broadtail and Rufus hummers. Our next stop after crossing Berthoud Pass was Windy Gap reservoir just north of Grand Lake. Here several species were observed to include a large group of American White Pelicans doing their unique fish herding routine.
The road to Walden from Windy Gap was an education of Pine Beetle devastation. Entire valleys of dead and dying lodge pole pines lined both sides of the road. It will be interesting to see the forest in succession. It will not be fast enough however.
The rest of the day was consumed with an auto tour of the Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge and the Walden Reservoir. Many shorebirds were noted to include Western, Eared, and Pied Billed Grebes.
The accommodations were at the North Park Inn in Walden which was a great stay.
On Sunday we began an ambitious day with an early morning nature walk in the riparian area of ANWR followed by a trip to Lake John to see Western Grebes with babies on their backs – a real treat to see.
The return trip to Denver was over Cameron Pass and through Pudre Canyon to Ft Collins. Below are just some of the pictures I took.
Our group of 14 North Park travelers.
This guy got away. Walden is the Moose viewing capital of Colorado but not seen ot this trip. This picture was digiscoped on an earlier scouting trip
A neat digiscope picture of a Barn Swallow early in the morning in the Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge.
Pied Billed Grebe let me get close with my Leica camera.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Just a Ringbilled but had fun digiscoping from about 60 yards with my Cannon point and shoot and Swarovski Spotting scope.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The winter months bring great raptor watching on the front range with many species checking out nest sites and beginning their courtship rituals. Along the back roads of Weld County and Bolder County north of Denver and midst the spreading sprawl of urban neighborhoods mixed with farms and open space, we found an abundance of Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons. Our expert guides Harold and Betty Oliver of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver led our group to raptor hot spots and produced a total of 84 raptors including 15 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, 43 Red Tail Hawks, 7 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Great Horned Owls, 12 American Kestrels, and 3 Northern Harriers. It was a great day trip and we plan to do it again on April 18th to check on the nest sites to see how the Eagles and Owls are doing. We hope to see Ospreys by then as they should have returned from South America.
A lone Red Tail Hawk uses a idle oil pump as a pedestal to survey its territory. Click here to see a Red Tail in flight.
Our Birding group a one of many stops looking at raptors on display in their natural habitat.
Many on the road trip took advantage of the photographic opportunities.
from 1/4 mile.
here or on the picture to see chicks we observed last year near Chatfield State Park
Our very esteemed Raptor Road Trip leaders- Harold and Betty Oliver of The Audubon Society of Greater Denver. You can do other trips sponsored by the Olivers and ASGD by visiting denveraudubon.org
We came across this cooperative Bald Eagle sitting on top of a slag rock pile.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Check out this youtube video of a Black Oystercatcher foraging
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Our intrepid group on a beautiful sunny Oregon afternoon. Trip with our expert guide Harry Fuller of Partnership with International Birding. More photos and trip discription can be viewed at http://www.pibirding.wordpress.com/.