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Free Falling

Most people I know detest these creatures, Turkey Vultures. They say they are nasty, disgusting creatures, while I, on the other hand, disagree greatly.

Why? Well, I get the opportunity to view them daily. There is a family of them who roost on a building not far from me, so I see their routines, their curiosity, their daily flybys to check me out.

Their gliding capabilities are astounding, one minute they are cruising by effortlessly, they hit a thermal or an updraft of some sort, and suddenly they are a thousand feet up, just a speck in the sky, which is one of the big reasons I wanted a zoom capable of photographing these and other raptors that fill the sky in this area of Pennsylvania.

This particular bird did just that, floated by my balcony, then suddenly in a minute or so, it was riding high up, and that’s where the show begins, spotting a family member below, this creature went straight into this freefall if you will, it’s speed picking up exponentially as it dropped towards its family member.

These birds are scavengers, and that is why I found this ‘attack mode’ drop interesting. I have never seen one try to take prey in the air, I don’t think they even do that? But, maybe they are capable of attacking another bird?

Regardless, this bird seems to love the speed at which it was capable of reaching, as it brushed by the other bird below and together they circled off, drifting once again.

Northern Shoveler

Had a nice flyby by this Northern Shoveler yesterday. Moving with afterburners kicked in.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Great encounter yesterday with this incredible creature. Overcast day at the refuge, not too many people, but a lot of migratory birds. Walking the exterior of the main pond, passers by asked if I saw the Eagles in the tree nearby, I hadn’t, and was thankful they pointed me back towards a trail I had bypassed.

I am always amazed at the size of these creature. And also the intimidation factor of those talons.

Nikon D5300/Sigma 150-500mm

Zoom

After wishing on this for a lifetime, I finally obtained a decent zoom lens for my Nikon D5300.

I purchased this a Sigma 150-500mm used lens from a camera shop in Indianapolis, Indiana called Roberts Camera Shop, through their eBay department.

After asking all of the pertinent questions: Any fungus? Joint movement? Ever been dropped? Damage? Dirt inside? I felt comfortable enough to buy this lens from them.

Today was day-one with the Sigma. Heavy, bulky, all of the things I thought it would be…but even on an overcast day like today, I have to say I am pretty happy with the results. It’s a keeper and for the first time in my life, I felt as if I had an equal chance to put out some presentable nature photography as I always have dreamed.

Today was heavy with the Canada Geese, so it was practice on each shot, nothing but fun.

Overcast, shooting towards the brightest part of the sky (sun behind the clouds), I was still satisfied with my results. Cannot wait to dive deep into this thing and really see what it can do.

This shot was taken at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Looking quiet up there..

So much happening today in the city. Rioting, looting, doesn’t appear to be getting better. Prayers to all.

Moon Shot

If the moon were actually made of cheese… I’d like to think it would be aged Gouda. Can’t seem to ever get enough of aged Gouda! Weird Monday mood today, hope you all have a fantastic day!