That boggles the mind! Think that each one of them must eat how many creatures per day? Do they become cannabalistic when the small bird supply runs low?Thanks Asher, glad to hear you like it.
Raptor migration in all its glory can be viewed at Lake Erie Metropark in Michigan.
Record numbers are 500.000 birds of prey in one day.
It is something that must be seen in person.
I hope photos of zoo animals are acceptable. I can't afford a safari.
Dallas Resident Relaxing
Winston Mitchell © 2006_08 Wildlife Portrait_01
Camera: K/M Maxxum 7D
Lens: Minolta AF 100-400mm f/4.5-6.7 APO
Exposure: 1/300s @ f/8, ISO 400, RAW
Conversion, crop and slight PP done with Lightroom
The heron was a few feet away separated from me by a twiggy, leafless tree. I found a small "hole" in the tree giving me a clear view of his head. I setup the tripod and camera and made the exposure. The OOF twigs and backgound brush blended together.
Well this particular image started me on the course that led me here.
This was taken the day after I bought my brand new EOS 300D. I wanted to give it a try so i was off to Marwell Zoo, had not been there in more than 20 years.
A few hundred JPGS later ( Didn't know what RAW was back then..... Still not too sure now!!) and i had this one on the card. I have been back many times since and have not seen the leopard sitting on the same branch. He was only there for around 30 secs, just time for 2 shots. When i saw this i was hooked again .... I could now take pictures and not worry about film costs anymore! no more 36 shots back from the processors and put 35 of them in the bin or left in a drawer somewhere.
Little did i realise that a whole new area of expense was looming... software... memory cards.... ink... oh and equipment..... L lenses!!!! the list was endless.
But after all the expense and the errors and the time spent cursing at a computer screen, you just might one day get an image that makes you, smile, cry, laugh, or just reminds you that there is more to life than work or the worlds troubles.
Go out and capture your memories... as you get older they become more important..
(Steps down from soapbox... looking sheepish.. Rant Over)
This is Ruan. He is probably the most famous and photographed donkey in the world... or at least Ireland. He lives on the island of Inis Mór (Inishmore), in the Aran Islands. All of the tours stop by here and feed him (or her, I am not sure) carrots. He's very handsome, don't you think?
I hadn't notice that line in the upper left, but now it's mentioned, I wouldn't even consider it more than editing out a dust spot or errant diet cola can!James, I just love this image too.
He looks like a lad who might enjoy a Guinness on a chilly afternoon as well.
Because I like the shot so much, I'm gonna ask you to consider, cropping out the tower/mast at top left. I don't think it adds anything to the composition and the slightly tighter crop might only serve to bring even more attention to his wonderfully textured grizzled fur, lambchops, eye etc.
Much better idea. It was actually my first thought so I'm not sure why I thought cropping was an option. And we can't have you being crazy.I had not noticed it either. I would however, photoshop it out instead of crop it out. I have too many OCD tendencies to do that. It would throw off the balance too much for me and it would forever make me crazy.