Clark's Spiny Lizard by Harold Brown

Clark's Spiny Lizard

Pictures of Clark's Spiny Lizard from our "Out West" trip in 2006.

Clark's Spiny Lizard

Camera SONY DSC-H5
ISO 200
Focal Length 72mm
Aperture f/3.7
Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)
Name DSC00878.jpg
Size 3072 x 2304
Date Taken 2006-07-23 14:09:03
Date Modified 2012-03-25 20:07:56
File Size 2.81 MB
Flash flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering pattern
Exposure Program normal program



Mute Swan by Harold Brown

Muted Swan

I visited Gervasi Lake on Sunday and took a few pictures of the resident Mute Swans Gina and Giuseppe. They had 4 cygnets earlier in the year but unfortunately not all of them survived the attacks of predators. I know that 2 had died, but Sunday I only saw 1 of the cygnets. Many times they fall victim to snapping turtles.

Muted Swan

I had my 70-300mm lens with me so I could get some pretty good shots without disturbing the swans. A month ago when I took a few pictures and all the cygnets were still alive I saw dad go after a fellow who was getting a little too close. Fun to watch!

Muted Swan

The swans are able to make noises but you don’t hear the loud calls that non mute swans are capable of. Mute Swans are not natural to the United States and were introduced from Europe and Asia.

Muted Swan

Mute Swans are usually strongly territorial with just a single pair on smaller lakes and will keep geese away from the lake.

See my post at iNaturalist


Backyard Birds - American Goldfinch by Harold Brown

Backyard Birds

I typically put a couple of Niger seed sacks out in the backyard near the bird bath each year. It is very relaxing sitting on the upper deck of the house listening to the American Goldfinches sing as they fly back and forth to the seed and the water fountains and birdbath.They fly to the tree and eventually make their way down to the seed, sometimes sharing and sometimes fending off the other birds.

American Goldfinch

Of course with all those birds comes with a few fights that sometimes get very acrobatic. These little birds are very fast and catching them in flight is difficult and typically a bit blurry as well. The two Goldfinches below decided to go heels when one decided to chases the other from the food.

American Goldfinch

Once the birds find your feeders they can empty them out pretty quick. I typically make sure they are filled Friday night so I can enjoy there visits during the weekend. Of course a few squirrels typically need to stop by and checkout what is happening. A few peanuts are in order for them.

American Goldfinch

Gulls In Flight by Harold Brown

Gulls In Flight

It isn't easy taking pictures of birds in flight. Anytime you point your camera toward the sky you get back lighting, that usually means what you are taking a picture of will turnout too dark. Of course there is also the problem of a blurry picture if you don't have the shutter speed set properly. When everything works out you do end up with some great pictures and sometimes a few unusual pictures as well. The above picture was taken with a Nikon D90 at 1/400s shutter speed. The ISO was 200 which is the sweet spot for the D90.

Ring-Billed Gull in flight
North American Birds
Gulls In Flight

The little girl was chasing the gull around until he took flight to get away. Photographed at Niagara Falls, Canada. For every good picture I have of a gull in flight, I have 10 others that are worthless. You have to learn to track the birds and keep them in full frame, and that is easier said than done. It is easier if the bird is flying toward you but then you miss out on some other good shots.

Headed West Into The Sun

Gulls are a medium sized bird and can hover which gives you a good opportunity to get a good picture.

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Safari - Impala Antelope by Harold Brown

Safari - Impala Antelope

Impalas are medium-sized antelopes that wander the savanna and woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. I snapped this photo in Kruger National Park, South Africa in 2009. You can see the needles sticking out of the impala's face from the barbed trees surrounding it. Impala's are very beautiful animals with very unique markings. If you go on safari you will see a lot of impalas and many times with other animals among the herd. While on safari I typically have my 70-300mm zoom lens mounted on the camera. You aren't going to get a picture like above without one. I have a second camera with a wider view in the event I need to get a picture of something closer to me, like an elephant. You need at least a 300mm lens if you are going to capture good photos of a rhino. It is difficult to get close to them.

I took this picture on the site marked below


Safari – Impala Antelope