I was never very interested in birds……in fact, unless quite large and colorful and most often in a zoo they would go by unnoticed. Until Spring ’11 when a friend invited me on a fishing trip. Now, fishing is another story. Not only is it something I do not care for, it is also the type of activity I would just as well replace with just about anything else.

 

On this particular occasion, I was told that the St-Lawrence River in the area of Lac Saint-Pierre had risen to an unusual level and that several areas were now passable by john-boat and that wood ducks and others might be more easily approachable as well as other birds. It was decided that the fishing trip would be reorganized so as to include a sizable photo component.

 

Needless to say, I was sold and secretly elated to be able to try my new D700/28-300mm combo.

Couldn’t have picked a more perfect day!

 

Wood ducks, unless in a wildlife preserve or national park are by nature very shy, like to perch on tree limbs and preferably in the shade. This made the beginning of my very first bird safari quite disappointing as we could never get close enough for my limited lens reach to be effective.

Until we came upon the following and this made my day. Even now I have goose bumps thinking about this magic moment.

 

 

This turkey vulture couple had probably never seen people so close and the male was looking down at us about 25 feet below. I understand that one of the things they do when feeling threatened is to spit the regurgitate from the carrion they are in the process of digesting. In retrospect, I feel quite fortunate for having been able to take this shot and remain dry 🙂

 

 

Just a few minutes later we glided on to an area where Bald Eagles patrol their territory and hunt for local fish and sometimes a wounded goose or duck. On the branch sit a juvenile and an parent. Interesting to note that bald eagle females are larger than males. A few bird species are subject to this dismorphism based on sex. Here is a shot of the jevenile in flight showing the incredible plumage backlit by the sun:

 

 

And, if you think this was it for my first bird photo electroshock, keep reading: !

 

Arctic Tern.

Cormorant Rising.

Common Moorhen.

 

This half day spent in total photo bliss could not have ended on a better image than this one:

 

 

This first trip convinced me that my 28-300mm just didn’t cut it and there followed a trip to the local camera store to pick up the magnificent 70-200 f2.8 VRII coupled to a 2x TC20E III.

 

This combo rigged to the D300 would yield a reach of 600mm and to the D700 a reach of 400mm. Now the real fun begins. Unfortunately it also begins with getting used to shooting with a close to 15lb rig in your hand, most often shooting without a tripod or monopod so as to be mobile enough to track a bird in flight. Needless to say, very high speeds are necessary to assist the limited action of the VR mechanism. I usually use shutter priority at 1/1250s. Most often this means a high ISO which is not a problem with the D700 body but tends to be very noisy on the D300. You just don’t want to have to crop too much under these circumstances.

 

 

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Peggy’s Bench

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The breathtaking view on a mist shrouded lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove, N.S seems to matter very little for some.

Nikon D200; Nikkor 18-200mm VR f3.5-5.6G, @ 55mm; 1/250s f11; ISO 100 – Peggy’s Cove, NF – août 2007

 

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Looking into the past.

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Magnificent Mane….Dominion Sq., Montreal, QC Circa 1977

 
Ektachrome 64, Nikon FE, Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm. Digitized w/Nikon Coolscan V.

 

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Duck Soup

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Mallard/Colvert (Anas platyrhynchos)

Lac Boivin , Qc, Canada Fall 2011

Female mallard wading in a soup of tiny green leaves.

Femelle colvert dans sa soupe au pois.

 

Nikon D700 / 70-200mm f2.8G VRIII at 400mm f5.6; 1/1250s ISO 1000

 

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Angora Stare

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Perched on the backyard acacia tree across from the kitchen window….go figure. At sunrise, one December morning in 2011.

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Nikon D300 / 70-200mm f2.8G at 400mm f5.6; 1/1000s ISO 3200

 

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Cigar Woman.

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Trip to Havana, 2009. Cigars seem to be a part of everyone’s daily life. Whether rolling them, smoking them, dancing with them or just peddling them, they are omnipresent and this lady knows how to put on a good face.

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Canon G9

 

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Simon.

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Switzerland 1977, my nephew enjoying his breakfast.

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Nikon FE, Ektachrome 64, Zoom-Nikkor 35-105 f2.8-4.5

 

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Frida Thinking.

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When our standard poodle thinks…..Any black dog becomes a real photo challenge when it hides its eyes under dark curly hair. So I decided to put the focus on texture and enhance the image by completely desaturating it of all colour and adding grain. Montreal 2009

Canon G9

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Walking on Water

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Outside the Christian Science Church. The illusion of walking to work on water was what caught this eye.

Taken with my second digicam, a Canon S40, in 2006

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Golden Sunrise

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Early one morning, once the fog had lifted, the luminosity took on a golden appearance. This is on the shore of the Bielersee in Biel, Switzerland. Ca 1977.

Nikon FE, 35mm f2.8 – Ektachrome 64

 

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The Secrets Bench.

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Visitors in Downtown Montreal love this landmark. Young couple cast in bronze.

Nikon D200. Nikkor 18-200mm @50mm; f5.6 1/200s ISO 200

 

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