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June 25-26, 2016

This weekend I went to Eastfork State Park and Ault Park in Cincinnati.  At Eastfork Photographed Prothonotary Warbler.  At Ault I started shooting ruby-throat Hummingbirds.  Also at Ault photographed flowers and butterflies.  All photos taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens.   Button Flower was with a sigma 180 macro.

Ruby-throat Hummingbird

button flower

Tiger Swallowtail

Prothonotary Walbler


June 18-19, 2016

Saturday I went to East Fork Park to see if I could find good butterfly activity.  The butterfly milkweed was starting to bloom.  So the butterflies were showing up.   Go some nice photo of one of my favorite butterflies t.he  Zebra Swallowtail.  Also got some distant photos of Meadowlarks.   Sunday morning went to the Cincinnati Zoo.  All photo taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm sport lens, except the butterfly; Sigma 180 Macro. I did pop a little fill flash from a SB800 on the Orangutan.

Zebra Swallowtail

Meadowlark

Galapagos tortoise

Black Rhinoceros

Orangutan


June 15, 2016

Went for my evening walk at Armleder again this evening.  Took some more shots of Pond life.  The dragonflies were very active and in good numbers.  Also had a flicker fly in a tree near the pond.   Photos shot with Nikon d7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport on a monopod.

Widow Skimmer

Amberwing

Flicker


June 11, 12, 13,  2016

OK went back to Armleder Park in Cincinnati Saturday, Sunday and after work Monday evening.  Saturday and Sunday shot some Ceder Wax Wings.   Sunday also played with some macro with my old Sigma 180 macro lens.  Frog shots were with the 180.   Cedar Waxwing,  King bird,  Dragonfly, Yellow-breasted Chat and Common Yellowthroat were taken with the Sigma 150-600 sport.  All photo were with the Nikon d7200 body.

Indigo bunting

King bird

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Blue Dasher

Yellow-Breasted Chat

Common Yellow Throat


June 8, 2016

On my way home from work I stopped by Armleder Park to see if I could find may butterflies.   Didn't have much luck with butterflies, but got to shoot some macro of Blue Dasher Dragonfly and a Blanchard's Cricket Frog.   These were my first good shots of a cricket frog.   They are very tiny and you can see how they camouflage themselves in there environment.   Both photos were taken with Nikon D7200 and an old Sigma 180 macro on monpod.  The swallow in the bird house was with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport on a monpod.


June 4-5, 2016

Saturday I went to Armleder Park in the AM.  Only got to shoot a few things.   A tree swallow in one of the nesting boxes, and a beat-up  Indigo bunting.   On Sunday morning went to Ault Park.  Got a few different birds feeding on some crab-apple trees.  (Cedar Waxwing, Robin)  Also, a red tailed hawk trying to hide from other birds harassing him.   All photos taken with Nikon d7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens.


May 30, 2016

Monday went back to Brookville Lake to shoot video of the Pileated Woodpecker nest.  I think the young will be leaving the nest very soon.   Shot with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a tripod.


Pileated 1

Pileated 2


May 29, 2016

Went to Morrow Gravel Pit to see how the Osprey young were doing.   They are starting to get active and jump around when food is brought in by mom and dad.   Wanted to try shooting Video with the Nikon d7200 and Sigma 150-600 spot lens.   It was sunny when we first arrived and clouded up and started to rain.  Shot some video in the rain. I think it did OK.   Please excuse the background noise we were next to a road.


May 28,  2016

Went back to Highland Cemetery to try shooting some video on the Hawk nest.   I think the nest is down to one chick left.  Video Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 sport on a tripod.


May 21-22, 2016

Saturday morning I went to Northern Kentucky Highland Cemetery to photograph the red tailed hawk nest.   The 2 young were active but conditions were bad for photography.   Rain, wind and no light on the nest.   Sunday afternoon were to the Morrow gravel pits to see how far along the baby Osprey were.   Still very small, just large enough to see their heads.  Got a few shots parents feeding babies.  All photo shot with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 spot lens on a tripod.


May 15, 2016

Went back to the bean field at Armleder Park and along the flooded areas there were a number of Sandpipers.   (Least, Spotted and Solitary)  They were a good distance away in harsh Sunlight, so the image are not that good and they have been cropped heavy.  On my way back I photographed a Common Yellowthroat.   Went back lather that afternoon and shot some images of a Prothonatary Warbler.   All photo taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.


May 11, 2016

Went to Armleder Park this evening.  It was a nice night for a walk and was able to get a few photos.  Here are two a Yellow warbler and Red wing blackbird.   Taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.


May 7-8, 2016

Saturday morning when to Brookville Lake, in Indiana.   Photographed a Pileated Woodpecker nest.   It was very over cast so didn't have much light, but had a clean view of the nest.  In the afternoon stopped at Armleder Park in Cincinnati just for a shot time.  Got a few photos of Indigo buntings.

Sunday I went back to East Fork Lake to shoot the nesting blue birds.   Also got a few shots of a Prairie Warbler.   All photos take with a Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a tripod except the Indigo bunting was on a monopod.



May 3, 2016

Went to Armleder Park this evening.   Spotted a lot of new locals that have come back to the Park.   Yellow warblers, Indigo buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue grey gnat catchers and Palm warblers just to name a few.  But the one that really made my day was the Dickcissel!   This is the first pictures I have gotten of this hard to photograph bird.   Lighting conditions were difficult this evening because it was very cloudy and overcast.   Nikon d7200 with Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.


April 30 – May 1, 2016

Went of East Fork State Park Saturday and Sunday to photograph blue birds. Saturday was very rainy and Sunday I had some sun. The blue birds were very active capturing and feeding their young. Mom and Dad were bringing quite a verity of bug for the young. Sunday I also hike around to check other spots for Photo opportunities. Got a few nice photo of Prairie Warblers Sunday and found another box with newly hatched blue birds plus stumbled upon an active turkey nest. All the bird Photo were taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a tripod. Both nest shots were with cell Phone.


April 28, 2016

On my way home I drove through Voice of America Park. In one of the recently cut areas along the road I caught site of a hawk in the field just standing there. I was able to turn my car around and get my camera out. Shot some images from the car window. And he flew off just a short distance and I got the car turned around again. It looked like the Red-tailed hawk was feeding on grubs and insects. Got out of the car and tried to get some closer shots. Got a few shots and he flew again. This time he landed on a trail marker pole, more photos and he flew over into a weeded wet area. I could hear the Killdeer screaming and seen them running around the field edge. I walked over closer to see it he caught one and he flew up and over into a clear cut area with a young chick in his talons. Started taking pictures and working around him and he didn’t fly. Keep work closer and closer until I got within about 20 feet. I was filling my camera frame with him at about 180 mm with my 150-600 lens before he flew again to rest on a fence and have his Killdeer dinner. Camera Nikon D7200 with a Sigma 150-600 sport lens hand held.


April 26, 2016

This evening I stopped by Armleder Park in Cincinnati to take a walk with my camera. Didn't get far before the thunder and lightning started. I did get some shots of a male Baltimore Oriole by the pond. He was feeding on small insects in the trees. Nikon D7200 & Sigma 150-600 Sport Lens on a monopod.



April 24, 2016

Sunday morning I had a great opportunity to photograph a Great Blue Heron Rookery in Indian Hill, Ohio. Thanks to friends of my family for allowing me to photograph these amazing birds. In the 2nd Photo see if you can find baby. Hint, look for the eye. Click on the Photos to view more images in the Gallery. All photos taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm sport lens on a tripod. Some images I also used a sigma 1.4 TC on the 150-600.

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