The Perfect Perch in Predawn Pink/Purple/Blue « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The Perfect Perch in Predawn Pink/Purple/Blue

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Tuesday morning at DeSoto was much better than it was on Monday morning. We started off with a young and an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in a beautiful setting in sweet early morning light. Then we made a wiggle. I concentrated on fishing and posing Snow Egrets and some foraging Ruddy Turnstones. An unexpected bonus was an approachable first-winter plumage Red Knot.

Lunch at the Seaporch Cafe was great again. And again I had the Artisan Salad with rare skirt steak added. Yummy and easy on my blood sugar.

Back at ILE the sunset was nice but there were no birds anywhere near the new perch.

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Amazing 5D Mark IV Sale!

5D Mark IV Still on Sale!

Right now you can purchase a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the BG-E20 Battery Grip for the crazy low price of $3199. I am not sure how long this Black Friday sale will last …

Blog regular Bill Hill was so excited when he read of this sale that he forgot to use my affiliate link. 🙂 He wrote, “I still think the 5D Mark IV sale is is too good to be true. I will believe it when it arrives. Thanks for the heads up.

Note: Bill went for the one with the free battery grip and the free Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer.

The Streak

Today makes one hundred thirty-one days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections willing.

Booking.Com

Booking.Com came through for me twice again recently with both the DeSoto Fall IPT and next July’s UK Puffins, Gannets, and Bempton Pre-trip room reservations. And all the rates were great. If you’d like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and you will earn a $25 reward. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those might include system, camera body, accessory, and lens choices and decisions.

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This image was created down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL on the morning of Sunday, December 3, 2017, just about 24 hours after Anita North and I had erected the perch. I used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 214mm) and my favorite predawn photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops as framed: 1/60 sec. at f/5.0 in Tv mode. AWB. 7:15am on a clear morning.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: extrapolated to -3.

Right Large Zone/AI Servo/Shutter Button AF performed to perfection.

The Perch!

Erecting the Perfect Perch

I have been meaning to get down to the lake and set up some dead tree perches ever since I moved to Indian Lake Estates about two decades ago. Just before Anita arrived I did plant one nice perch about six feet high. I’ve been hoping for a red-shouldered. So far as I know nothing has landed on it. When Anita got here we used a post-hole digger to erect a second one about 8 feet tall: still too short. As I mentioned in blog post recently, we went out with my hand-saw looking for a tall skinny dead tree perch maybe 15 feet or so tall We saw two candidates in a burned wood lot; as I was exploring I saw the perfect perch, lying on the ground. No sawing needed. We opened the rear hatch and the passenger-side-window of my Sequoia and stuffed the perch in the car.

We each had on a pair of waders. I knew just where I wanted to put the tall perch. I had seen an Osprey land on the top of the cluster of bushes several days in a row. We made our way out carefully to the cluster with a pair of loppers, some heavy cord, and a box cutter. Ans the perch of course. I clipped away lots of dead branches at the bottom of the bushes for better access. Our plan was to plant the tall new perch between the two main stalks of the bush complex and tie it off with the cord. And that is just what we did.

We were very proud of ourselves as we drove away to check out the vultures. When we returned 20 minutes later an Osprey was sitting on the beautiful parch. Photos soon!

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2017 in San Diego was a very good year ….

2018 San Diego 3 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART IPT #2: Sunday, JAN 28 thru and including the morning session on Wednesday, JAN 31, 2018 and a free morning session the day before the IPT starts: 3 1/2 days (+1/2!): $1699. Limit: 8: Openings: 7.

Meet and Greet at 6:30pm on the evening before the IPT begins; Saturday, Jan 27, 2018.

San Diego IPT #2: Shorter and Less Expensive!

Please remember: I go with one.

Join me in San Diego near the end of January to photograph the spectacular breeding plumage Brown Pelicans with their fire-engine red and olive green bill pouches; Brandt’s (usually nesting and displaying) and Double-crested Cormorants; breeding plumage Ring-necked Duck; other duck species possible including Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Wood Duck and Surf Scoter; a variety of gulls including Western, California, and the gorgeous Heerman’s, all in full breeding plumage; shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Willet, Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover; many others possible including Least, Western, and Spotted Sandpiper, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, and Surfbird; Harbor Seal (depending on the current regulations) and California Sea Lion; and Bird of Paradise flowers. And as you can see by studying the two IPT cards there are some nice bird-scape and landscape opportunities as well. Please note: formerly dependable, both Wood Duck and Marbled Godwit have been declining at their usual locations for the past two years …


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San Diego offers a wealth of very attractive natural history subjects. With annual visits spanning more than three decades I have lot of experience there….

With gorgeous subjects just sitting there waiting to have their pictures taken, photographing the pelicans on the cliffs is about as easy as nature photography gets. With the winds from the east almost every morning there is usually some excellent flight photography. And the pelicans are almost always doing something interesting: preening, scratching, bill pouch cleaning, or squabbling. And then there are those crazy head throws that are thought to be a form of intra-flock communication. You can do most of your photography with an 80- or 100-400 lens …

Did I mention that there are wealth of great birds and natural history subjects in San Diego in winter?


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Though the pelicans will be the stars of the show on this IPT there will be many other handsome and captivating subjects in wonderful settings.

The San Diego Details

This IPT will include four 3 1/2 hour morning photo sessions, three 2 1/2 hour afternoon photo sessions, three lunches, and after-lunch image review and Photoshop sessions. To ensure early starts, breakfasts will be your responsibility. Dinners are on your own so that we can get some sleep.

A $599 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT. You can send a check (made out to “Arthur Morris) to us at BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. Or call Jim or Jennifer at the office with a credit card at 863-692-0906. Your balance is payable only by check. Please print, complete, and sign the form that is linked to here and shoot it to us along with your deposit check. If you register by phone, please print, complete and sign the form as noted above and either mail it to us or e-mail the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.

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To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

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