Friday, October 24, 2014
This bird seemed to be resting, eating, and preening its feathers as it prepared for the next leg of its migration to the southern coasts of the United States or somewhere in Central America.
Yellowlegs nest in Canada, so we only get to see them during migration
The bright yellow legs are distinctive in these birds.
Here this bird is looking for food, and in the next picture is seen grabbing something only it can see under the water.
After eating a little, and resting, then preening, as seen in the picture below, this bird flew off to another spot for more food and rest.
Next spring it will make the return flight to Canada, passing through this same area looking for food and rest to give it the resources it needs to fly thousands of miles to its breeding grounds.
With this eclipse and the total eclipse of the moon earlier this month, it has been a rare sky focused time.
The moon moving between the earth and the sun causes this eclipse, but the moon can not be seen, since the sun is lighting its other side.
Friday, October 17, 2014
This male Wood Duck is one of the most colorful ducks in North America and and is easily seen from the boardwalk.
The Wood Ducks are usually at the edges of the wetlands, and a bit more secretive than other ducks.
As you can see below, their time is mostly spent eating plants that can be reached just under the surface of the water. Bottoms Up!
I took this picture at 10 PM, six hours before the eclipse started.
In the picture below you can see how the moon changes position, at least from our perspective, turning a bit clockwise, over the next 6 hours.
The internet said the eclipse would begin at 4:25 AM, but at 4:00AM it had already begun in my location, so I was glad I had taken this picture of the whole moon earlier.
As the shadow "moves" across the moon, the limitations of photography, compared to human eyesight, become apparent.
To the camera it looks like the area on the moon that is in shadow is completely dark. But our eyes are able to see the red glow of the dark moon area caused by the "halo" of reddish sunrises/sunsets happenning all around the edges of the Earth. This is where the term "Blood Moon" comes from.
But as you can see in the picture below, the red "Blood Moon" was very visible over the rest of the surface of the moon.
The pictures here are all taken at about 125th of a second because the moon is quite bright in the camera lens. But the "Blood Moon" is quite a bit darker and required a slower shutter speed of about 1/5 of a second.
At 1/5th of a second through a 600mm lens the moon actually moves a little as it is setting, making it difficult not to have some blurring when taking the picture.
From my place to take these pictures the moon lowered into the trees nearby and was gone for photography purposes after this picture.