It Was That Kind of Morning; You Figure It Out … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

It Was That Kind of Morning; You Figure It Out ...

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Today is Tuesday 30 November 2021. This blog post is a story in three pictures. All are invited to figure out what happened and to leave a comment. I am exploring eastern Long Island in search of Snowy Owls and more. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took less an hour to prepare and makes 22 consecutive days with a new one.

Four new folks joined the SONY Alpha a1 Set-up and Info Group in the past two days. Details below.

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Folks who have fallen in love with Bedfords can now use the BIRDSASART coupon code at checkout to enjoy a post-purchase, 3% off-statement credit (excluding taxes and shipping charges) on orders paid with a credit card. The 3% credit will be refunded to the card you used for your purchase. Be sure, also, to check the box for free shipping to enjoy free Second Day Air Fed-Ex. This offer does not apply to purchases of Classes, Gift Cards, and any prior purchases.

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Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers 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.

This I-phone image was created on 30 November 2021.

Image #1: Sign at beach access point

This image was created on 30 November 2021 at 8:29:20am.

Image #2: Woman with dog on beach

This image was created on 30 November 2021 at 8:29:30am.

Image #3: Snowy Owl flying away …

SONY Alpha 1 Bodies in Stock at Bedfords!

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SONY Alpha a1 Set-up and Info Group

The SONY Alpha a1 Set-up and Info Group is going great guns as more and more folks chime in with thoughtful questions and experience-based answers. As the a1 is becoming more readily available, more and more folks are getting their hands on this amazing body. With another photographer joining yesterday, we are now up to an astounding 98 lucky and blessed folks. Early on, we discussed the myriad AF options. I gave my opinion as to the best one for flight and general bird photography. More recently, we have been in contact with folks at SONY sharing our thoughts, experiences, and frustrations with the EVF blackout problem.

All who purchased their Alpha a1 bodies via a BAA affiliate link will receive a free subscription to the Sony Alpha a1 Set-Up and Info Updates after shooting me their receipts via e-mail. (Note: it may take me several days to confirm B&H orders.) This same service may be purchased by anyone with an a1 body via a $150.00 PayPal sent to indicating payment for Alpha a1 Info Updates. Alternatively, folks can call Jim weekdays at 1-863-692-0906 to pay via credit card. New members will receive composite e-mails that summarize all previous discussions.


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18 comments to It Was That Kind of Morning; You Figure It Out …

  • “Sony” owl?….now i know you love Sony…but? lol

  • avatar Roger Smith

    This is so familiar, but in my neck of the woods less about dogs and more about the drive for the perfect cell phone “selfie” that ends up with flushed birds and ruined photos

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Roger,

      That is often the case with the Connecticut and West End Snowy Owls (though I have not witnessed it myself). That and simply too many photographers. That is why I left CT and headed for eastern Long Island.

      with love, artie

  • The sign doesn’t say β€œNo Dogs” … the person has the dog on a leash and obviously under control, seems like a responsible dog owner to me … the beach is not just for bird photographers. I’m a nature photographer and a dog owner, I also live on a beach.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Larry,

      You are correct in that dogs are allowed on this particular beach form 2 OCT through 31 MAR. I spoke to the woman. She knows about the owls and she know about the photographers. We were the only people on the beach. I was standing behind a 600mm lens in a bright yellow expedition parka. The owl too was in plain sight.

      The fact remains that much to my horror, she walked straight at the bird and she and her dog flushed the resting bird. Responsible? Maybe … Ignorant? Not at all. Aware? Not so much. Oblivious? For sure. Uncaring? Likely.

      with love, artie

      ps: In the same situation, would you have kept walking right at the bird and the photographer because it is your right?

  • avatar David Pugsley

    One of those moments where you have to take a deep breath. I’ve been at DeSoto before shooting x bird when a photographer (!) has walked right down my lens barrel at, and through, the bird. Some folks are aimless.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Don’t forget that I am the one who says “We need to thank all of the clueless folks who walk right through the flocks of resting birds. They are the #1 reason that the birds at DeSoto are so accepting of photographers πŸ™‚

      with love, artie

  • Hope you’re not blogging from the Montauk jail. πŸ˜‰

  • avatar Michael Goodman

    And the woman yelled at you for being to close to snowy

  • avatar Marr

    And the dog flushed the owl.

  • avatar Joel Eade

    You encountered a person who obviously can’t read, you gotta love it!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Actually, dogs on a leash are permitted OCT through the end of March. See my reply to Larry.

      with love, artie

      • avatar Joel Eade

        I was referring to the part of the sign that states how the birds perceive all dogs to be a threat. In so many words telling folks to be aware of their surrounding and not cause unnecessary stress on the birds. I suppose, as you said, she was oblivious to the presence of the Owl but I wonder what she thought you were photographing?

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Understood. You’d think that a woman who lives on the beach and is proud of having the owl sit on her porch might be a bit more aware of her surroundings … Again, the irony is that we were probably the only people on more than ten miles of very wide beach. Just bad luck.

          with love, artie

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