Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Missing Kestrels....

Some of you have inquired about the Kestrels lately.
I wanted to let you know that they are gone. Where?
I surely do not know...

So, no sweet young baby out of the nest acting like
a brat and calling for mom.

no darling little face trying out legs and flexing his wings

No dad in the top of the tree exercising his muscles

Not one but three babies on the ledge at the site of the
nest hole (click for a closer look)

No fledgling tree with babies all over it...

No play time on the antennae on the rooftopNo mom watching every move that anything makes

Instead.... on March 9th I saw both Kestrels in the top
of the leafless tree outside work
On March 10th I caught a glimpse of both on the pole on
the rooftoop... not clear or detailed... this was before
the new camera!
Mom was calling
and Dad came to the answer..... but

sadly I never saw the female again. The male hung
out on the building for a few more days and was gone.

Maybe something happened to the female... and the male
moved on. I'll be watching again next year...
Thank you for inquiring..

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Step up for me

With my best friends prodding I broke down and bought my first DSLR...
a Pentax K-x.
I had been using a Sony H50 point and shoot...
I was accustomed to using Manuel settings so it wasn't
too hard to make the change to a DSLR. the one thing
that I wanted to do is capture birds in flight. So I sought
help and practice from the many Blue Jays in my yard.

OK you heard her.... Lets give her a show...
So she can try out that nice new camera

Wheeee I'm a glidder

Wind me up and get me going

Look out below.. I'm coming in

just catching some air

Oops.. I'm banking for a landing

Looking like a hummingbird

Getting those feet down is the tricky part

I was amazed at how this camera stopped the action....

followed the bird through the flight

and captured the moment
This is my Indian dance.... feathers all a -flow

Now for the real test with a real BIF adventure. I met
Birdgirl at the lake and the Osprey came by....

I caught him coming in throuigh the clouds

flying over head I locked on

If you click you will see it has a fish in its talons

I think I should have gotten a DSLR a long time ago.
I was always afraid I would not be able to learn how
to use it. Thanks to my friend for finding me this
gem of a camera!!

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

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