Pictures(s) of the Day - "Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch - Day 1 (Part 4)" - Feb. 18, 2018

More eagle photos from our trip to Sheffield Mills, NS. Here are more from our first day......we have lots of photos.....LOL. There will be more coming. The first day was a beautiful sunny day, but very cold. We were bundled up good :) And the eagles put on a good show, probably to keep warm too....lol.

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Pictures(s) of the Day - "Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch - Day 1 (Part 3)" - Feb. 15, 2018

Happy belated Valentines Day. I was going to post this yesterday but had a wicked headache so here we go today. Here are a few more of the Eagles from our trip to Sheffield Mill Eagle Watch. If you ever go, make sure to go at least 2 or 3 days. The first day we had sun, second snow flurries, third day was fog and rain and the last day was overcast with a few flurries. The changing conditions gave such a variety to the background and environment around the Eagles, it was like we were in a different place each day. Needles to say, there will be more to come :)

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 840mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 840mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 840mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 400

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 840mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 400

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 547mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 547mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 547mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 547mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 200

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 200

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 500

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 500

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 426mm with Sigma 1.4x TC-1401 teleconverter, 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 320

 

 

Pictures of the Day - "A Light Snow(y)" - Feb 13, 2018

Another trip to Saint John, NB to see if the owl was out and about. We took my daughter with us as she has never seen her yet. When we got there we didn't see her right away, but then we spotted her on the light post. We took a few pictures and then went around another way. But this time the sun was setting and giving this beautiful golden light. The last 2 photos are when the sun was setting.

We also saw some deer and a fox that was hanging out with the deer. But by the time we spotted the fox, it took off and we didn't get any photos of it. However, we did get photos of the deer :) Those will be coming in a future post.

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Saint John Snowy" - Feb. 7, 2018

Took another trip down to Saint john to see if we could spot the Snowy Owl that has taken up temporary residence there. The trip started out well with some sun and some unexpected surprises, that boded well for the trip. We saw a Hot Air Balloon over Sussex, three deer on the side of the road and as we were passing Penobsquis, we had an Eagle flying overhead. When we got to Saint John we saw the usual ducks and to our surprise, again, we saw a Northern Harrier fly passed us, twice. It was so close on the second pass, we had trouble focusing on it. Shortly after that, we heard some Crows causing a ruckus and out on the rocks, we spotted the Snowy being harrassed by the Crows. If it had not been for the crows, we probably would not have spotted the owl, it was so well hidden. See if you can spot the Snowy in the last picture.

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 250

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 704mm (using a Sigma 1.4x teleconvertor), 1/1600 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 704mm (using a Sigma 1.4x teleconvertor), 1/1600 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary @ 210 mm (using a Sigma 1.4x teleconverter), 1/2000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 500

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary @ 210 mm (using a Sigma 1.4x teleconverter), 1/2000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 500

Picture(s) of the Day - "Rough-legged Hawk Fight" - Feb 6, 2018

Today was another day on the Marsh and we kept seeing this guy, as we have come to name "Mr Friendly" (not that he's friendly and lets you walk right up to him, but that he doesn't seem to fly off if you stop the car and will stick around). We watched him for a bit hunting, hovering, and then diving to the ground. This time he got his meal. We couldn't tell what he had, but he was seemingly enjoying his lunch. When these series of images were taken, he was standing on the ground after eating and looking around.

The first photo shows when he turned to look at us briefly and then was surveying the grounds once more to see if there were any more prey. After a few seconds of staring over to the other side of the road, he ruffled up and took off in flight, just above the ground, flying in our direction, going in front of our parked car, and to the other side for another meal. He is definitely not lacking for finding food. He's on the plump side :)

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Yet Another Road Trip" - Feb. 4, 2018

Got back from Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch yesterday (more pics to come) and hit the road again today :) We headed down to Saint John to see if we could spot the local Snowy Owl, as we have not been having a lot of luck with the Tantramar Marsh residents. They were forecasting light snow turning to light rain in the afternoon, so we were hopeful. Ended up with blizzard conditions most of the way and then it turned to poring rain :(

We didn't see the Snowy but were did take a bit of a detour to Back Bay were we saw the Blue Morph Snow Goose that has been seen recently. We go a couple of pics and then some ducks spooked and scared it off. I did manage to get some good flights shots as a result though.

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary @ 562 mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 2500-3200

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch - Day 1 (Part 2)" - Feb 2, 2018

Roger posted some of his photos from the first day here at Sheffield Mills, NS of the Eagle Watch. Tonight I'm putting up some of mine :)

Here are a few of my favourites from our first day. More coming :)

Look closely at the last 2 photos in this post. They are not upside down....lol. Those 2 images are when another eagle came flying in and knocked the eagle on the ground over :)

First 3 photos taken with the Canon 5Div & Canon 100-400mm IS L ll lens with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter. Rest of the photos were taken with Sony a6500 & Canon 100-400mm IS L ll lens with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.

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You are seeing correctly. This is right side up....lol. Another eagle came flying in and knocked this guy over in this shot and the next :)

You are seeing correctly. This is right side up....lol. Another eagle came flying in and knocked this guy over in this shot and the next :)

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch Day 1" - Feb. 1, 2018

It has been a great trip, so far. After digging out from the snow and driving for hours, We made it to the Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch yesterday but were late for the first feeding and most of the second one. We did stick around for the third feeding and it turned out great. Beautiful snow covered fields with blue sky above and lots of Eagles fending off Ravens/Crows who were trying to get the food before them. Here are some of my favourites from yesterday. I also threw in a bonus. After the feeding frenzy died down we went and checked into our motel and then took a drive over to the Kentville Miner's Marsh. We had a Cooper's Hawk pay us a visit.

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 320 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 320 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 160 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 160 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 250 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 250 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 125 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 125 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 320 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 320 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 125 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 125 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f7.18, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f7.18, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 100 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 1000 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 1000 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 160 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 160 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 500 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 500 and -1 Exposure Compensation

Trip To Sheffield Mills, NS

We are in Sheffield Mills, NS for the next few days. We're just going over the photos we took today and needless to say there will be a few postings coming....lol.

Day 1 - Bald Eagles.....and a possible Cooper's Hawk.

Stay tuned over the next few days :)

Pictures of the Day - "Seconds Before Impact - Rough-legged Hawk" - Jan 25, 2018

Another trip to Tantramar Marsh, NB to see what was around. Not a whole lot going on other than some snow buntings and crows. Then we started seeing some hawks. This guy was hovering in one area so we decided to check it out. He hovered for a bit and then flew around and flew down to what we think was his attempt at lunch. But I think it got away as he gave up after a few seconds after he landed and flew off to another perch to try again. These are 4 photos of the 20 photo sequence I took until he landed :)

Taken with Canon 5Div & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.

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Picture of the Day - "Love is in the Air" - Jan. 24, 2018

Took another trip to the marsh today. Not much happening other than muddy roads. That was until we ran into a friend watching an Eagle on one of the towers. After talking for a few minutes, the Eagle started squawking and we saw another one heading towards the tower. The first eagle took off and we got to witness what appeared to be a courtship dance in the air. At one point the male appeared to try to mount the female in midair. They then landed on the tower for a moment. The male then took off for what we guessed to be a hunting trip and squawking for the bit, the female took off the other direction.

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec,f/6.3 and ISO 200

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Pictures of the Day - "Rapid Changing Light" - Jan 23, 2018

I took these photos one afternoon while we were on the marsh. I thought it was interesting how the light dramatically changed in a matter of 6 minutes as the sun went down.

All photos taken with Canon 5Div & Canon 100-400mm IS L ll lens.

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Picture of the Day - "Redtail" - Jan. 18, 2018

Made a trip down to Tantramar to see if we could spot the Snowy Owl again. The roads were completely snow covered and we plowed through but didn't want to take a chance on getting stuck so we didn't stick around (big mistake apparently). We drove around a bit but didn't see anything interesting until we were almost home. We spotted a Red-tailed Hawk sitting in a tree. He didn't look to happy as the wind was picking up a bit and blowing the snow off the tree. At one point, it almost disappeared in the blowing snow. He switched trees a couple of times and then flew off. We have seen very few Red-tails over the last year, so it was a treat to see this one.

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 500

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More of the Surprise Visitor

I thought I should share some of the shots I got as well. This was an incredible opportunity to see nature up close and we wanted to make the most of it. These shots are all uncropped to give you an idea how close it came to us. We didn't need to move except to walk along the road as it walked along the field.

Taken with Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1600 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 400-800

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