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MINWR Field Workshop

January 25, 2019 – 7:00 AM field trip to Merrit Island National WIldlife Refuge, Black Point Drive yielded some decent images once the clouds dissipated and we got some good light. The day prior was a washout because of the storm that came through the area – high winds, heavy rains and reports of tornados.

Reddish Egret fishing – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400 mm lens. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO 500

This year the number of Glossy Ibis in the reserve is exceptional. I have never seen so many flocks of 20 Ibis or more.

Glossy Ibis stepping into the water – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400 mm lens. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 640

On the other hand, the Roseate Spoonbills are not as abundant as in past years.

Roseate Spoonbill with a Great Egret keeping a watchful eye – Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400 mm lens. Exposure triad: f/7.1, 1/1300 sec, ISO 200
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Leica 50-200mm f/2.8-f/4 on the G9 with 2X Tele-extender

This is a crop from the image below.  I wanted to see how well the Leica 50-200 mm performed when used with 2X tele-extender.  The image was shot at ISO 16000 and as you can see the noise performance is great.  The cropped image has a small amount of Lightroom noise reduction applied.  Though the flash did fire the distance to the bird was beyond the flash units reach.

Lumix G9, Leica 50-200mm, 2X Tele-extender and Lumix DMW-FL360L. flash. Exposure triad: f/8, 1/2000 sec at ISO 16000

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Southern Carmine Bee-eater

It was a rare but awesome opportunity to see this pair of Carmine Bee-eaters in Botswana. The Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides) is primarily found in sub-equatorial African region. These are migratory birds that spend the winter August to November (breeding season) in Zimbabwe. They move south to Botswana and  South Africa for the summer and then migrate to equatorial Africa from March to August.

Southern Carmine Bee Eater - Panasonic Lumix GH4 with the Lumix 100 - 300 mm lens.  Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 sec at ISO 400

Southern Carmine Bee-eater – Panasonic Lumix GH4 with the Lumix 100 – 300 mm lens, hand held. Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 sec. at ISO 400

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African Skies 2 – A Timelapse Video

Gunther Wegner the developer of LRTimelapse software has just released African Skies 2.  This excellent time-lapse video showcases the beauty of the African landscapes and animals in film and time lapse sequences, that have never been seen before.

The production took more than half a year – and has been compiled from 4 terabytes of raw-data.  All editing (time lapse and even video) was done, using the new LRTimelapse 3.2 and Lightroom 5.2. !

The video sequence can be seen on Vimeo but is available at a nominal cost as a HD video and a 4K video.  The sale proceeds will be used to fund and support the African wildlife and environmental protection organizations.  This funding was done from proceeds from the video too and I commend Gunther for his efforts. we decided to sell the film as download in much higher quality in Full HD and even 4K. With the revenue we again want to support local animal and environmental protection organizations.

Click here to be directed to the LRTimelapse Web and then use the African Skies Tab to purchase it if you would like to support the cause.

Please share this post with your family and friends.  Gunther has created an excellent video and I hope this can be viewed by all.  Please click on HD and open it in full screen view.

 

Click here to be directed to the LRTimelapse Web and then use the African Skies Tab to view the video and purchase it if you would like to support the cause.

 

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India Photo Workshops and Tours – February and March 2013

After a very successful trip this past February we now have a trip that gives you a unique opportunity to photograph three endangered species, The Asiatic Lions, Wild Asses and Black Buck.  In addition to these mammals we will have opportunities to photograph over 300 species of birds, other mammals, reptiles and insects.  We will photograph ancient monuments including the Taj Mahal, and have a lot of opportunity to photograph village people and their ways.

Feb 15 – Feb 26  – India Rann of Kutch, Velvader and Sasangir where the endangerd Asiatic Lions, Wild Asses and Black Buck will be the primary subjects Click Here for Details
Feb 26 – March 6 – India – Agra (Taj Mahal) Chambal for the River Crocodiles, Sarus Cranes and Black Buck,  Bharatpur for over 300 species of migratory birds Click Here for Details
March 6 – March 11 – India – Bandhavgarh for the Tiger and a plethora of wildlife (This segment depends on the Government of India lifting the tourism ban in Tiger Reserves Click Here for Details
You can do Segment 1 alone or combine it with Segment 2 or do all three.  You can also pick just Segment 2 and 3 or any one.
India is the home of the endangered Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), and has some of the best opportunities for photographing other mammals and migratory birds from as far as Siberia. This trip is geared towards capturing images of Indian wildlife, landscapes, ancient architecture and local village people.  The tour is in three parts and you can register for one, two or all three segments.

The first segment will take us from Delhi to the Rann of Kutch for wild asses, foxes, and vast salt flats.  We then spend time in Velavader for some incredible birds and the black buck. Sasan Gir is the next stop for lions and other wild life.  The Wild Ass, Asiatic Lion and Black Buck are all on the endangered species list. We return to Delhi concluding this segment.

The second segment takes us to Agra where we photograph the Taj Mahal by sunset and sunrise.  The trip has been  scheduled to coincide with the full moon. We then drive to Chambal for bird photography and a river safari to capture images of the Gharial, Crocodiles and shore birds including Skimmers, Ibis and European Spoonbills to name a few.  Next we drive to Fatehpur Sikri to photograph ancient moslem architecture and then continue to Bharatpur.  The Keoladeo sanctuary in Bharatpur boasts over 300 hundred  species of migratory birds, owls and water fowl. We will drive back to Delhi concluding the second segment.

Our third segment takes us from Delhi to Jabalpur by air and then a drive to Bandhavgarh for tigers, jackals, the Indian Bison, wild boar and many other species of mammals and birds.  We return to Jabalpur to fly back to Delhi, concluding this segment.

Registration Forms are available on the Workshops Tab above or Click Here

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SW Florida Workshop – Day 2

Brown Pelican in a Glide

 

Day two of the workshop was an early trip to Ding Darling WR.  We were at the entrance soon after it opened.  One of the members in the group was a car length ahead of ours and was fortunate to see a Bobcat scurry by in front of his vehicle.

The first stretch of the drive had a yellow crowned night heron hunting along fairly dark mangroves – we took a few shots for the record.

The next stop was the first turnout where we were greeted by a large flock of American White Pelicans, Brow Pelicans, a Reddish Egret and Tricolor  FIshing.

American White in Flight

 

Reddish Egret with Breakfast

 

Reddish Egret in typical shading stance

 

White Pelican Coming In

 

Landing

 

Catch or Splash

 

This Better Be Good

 

Tricolor with its Breakfast

 

I Can Dance Too

 

Yawn, Yawn

As the morning progressed the Red Breasted Mergansers and Pied Billed Grebes were showing up every where.

Read Breasted Merganser

 

Pied Billed Grebe Ready for Action

 

I am not sharing

 

A Sense of Urgency

 

Just the two of us

 

This One's Lunch

 

After  a productive morning at Ding Darling – we went to Sanibel fishing pier for some diving pelicans.

A Take-off for a Dive

 

It Doesn't Hurt

 

Ah!

 

Is This a Running Dive?

 

Shore Bird Flush

 

Head Study - Great Egret

 

Head Study Snowy Egret

 

Royal Tern in Flight

 

Soaring

 

Lots of fun.  Now on to a bit of exploring we headed back to Fort Myers Beach and went further to check out Harnes Marsh.

It is a lot of walking as no motorized vehicles are allowed.  Saw a few Snail Kites and a pair of Sandhill Cranes with young.

Sandhill Crane - Harnes Marsh

 

The Pair

 

Sandhill Crane Chick

That was day two.  Day three to come

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SW Florida Workshop – Day 0

An early morning uneventful but bumpy flight to Fort Myers got us in on time.  We collected our bags, rented the car and off to Fort Myers Beach.  The workshop included a trip to Cape Coral for burrowing owls so day zero required a scouting trip to the area.  The typical locations were devoid of owls but the vacant lots yielded some active burrows.

Here are some images from this scouting trip:

Burrowing Owl Stare

Should I Fly?

No Closer Please

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India Trip Report 4 and Final

Shikra - Female - Looking Back

This is the last of the India trip reports but I will continue to update the blog with additional images as I process them.  Just got back from an awesome workshop in SW Florida – look out for the next batch of reports and images.

So we arrived in Kanha for a three-night stay. The plan was for five safaris but with the unpredictability of the airline we were booked on, we changed our tickets to depart from Nagpur instead of Jubalpur.  This meant a 5 to 6 hour travel time from the lodge instead of 2 to 3 hours.

Kanha is about 3 times the size of Bandhavgarh resulting in a sparse distribution of both safari jeeps and animals.  It is however a prettier jungle and has a few species that are not found in Bandhavgarh – the Indian Bison or Gaur, the Indian wild dog, and swamp deer.  We saw and photographed all but the wild dog.

The Earth Lodge in Kanha is one of the nicest places to stay. Very modern facilities, beautiful stone construction, an infinity swimming pool and awesome food.

Here are a few images of the lodge photographed by Hal Oliver:

Greeting Area at The Entrance

 

Cottage Entrance

The Bedroom at a Cottage

Bathroom Area

 

Here are some images from Kanha:

Honey Buzzard in Flight - image Hal Oliver

 

Indian Bison - Gaur - image Dan Charbonnet

Langur - image Dan Charbonnet

Sambar Deer - A Good Laugh - image Hal Oliver

 

Spotted Owlets - image Dan Charbonnet

It is now February 26th and the eve of our departure.  We fly from Nagpur to Delhi on Indigo Airlines – an upcoming and ranked number one in India.  It was a pleasure to leave a bit ahead of schedule and land on time – a very pleasant experience.

We decided to do a bit of sightseeing on the last day.  A trip to Delhi Haat that is more like a permanent craft fair.  Handicrafts and native foods from the various states of India are the main attraction.

The next Photo Tour will include a visit to photograph Asiatic Lions.  Custom trips to India can be requested both for Cultural and Wildlife opportunities.

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India Trip Report – 3

Common Kingfisher Preening - Image Dan Charbonnet

Landing in Jabalpur we were greeted by a very courteous group of Kingfisher staff and were soon on our way driving to Bandhavgarh.  We checked in at the Nature Heritage Lodge, a quick lunch an off to our first safari. Bandhavgarh is divided into three zones with only two being active.  The zone closest to the resort is TALA and the one farthest is MAGDI.  Our first safari was in Magdi the second zone.

Our first creature was a wild boar, actually a whole family of about 8 boars.  A number of Hanuman Langurs, Chital (Spotted deer), peacocks and peahens were in abundance as were owls, raptors and a numerous species of awesome birds.  The next three days were spent in the TALA zone – each day presented us with a variety of wildlife but unfortunately no tigers.  One had been located by an elephant scouting team and accessible only by traveling on elephant back.  We decided not to do the viewing and hope for better luck by jeep.

The fourth day’s AM safari was in the Magdi zone and did not yield any tigers but a potential as one of the jeeps had heard two tigers growling and crunching on a kill.  The next safari yielded an extended viewing of one of the two tigers.  The following day the safari was even better when each one did a 40 to 45 minute show.  With the success of viewing tigers we decided to extend another day in Bandhavgarh and reduce the Kanha excursion by a day.

Rather than showing individual images here is a slide show gallery representing the two zones in Bandhavgarh, scenes from the safari, a village in the area and its people:

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Africa Photo Safari – Nov 2013

We have just finalized the plans and itinerary for the Africa Photo Safari to Namibia and Botswana.  The safari is limited to a minimum of 9 participants and a maximum of 11.  Due mainly to the high season in this region reservations and an initial deposit is required by the end of November.

Africa 2013 PDF Brochure

All the details are in the documents as follows:

Africa 2013

Registration Form SVP Africa

Enrollment SVP Africa

Release Form SVP

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