100-4004.5-5.6L 100-400mm4.5-5.6L 100-400mmL 100mm 100mm 2.8 Macro 100mm2.8macro 17-55mm 3.5-5.6 18-55mm3.5-5.6IS 2.8 365 365 Challenge 50D 50mm1.8 55-250 IS 7D Abstract Acorn alvar App Apple art Avian barrie Barrie Waterfront Bbear creek wetlands bear creek wetlands Bee bettle bird Bird Barrie Bird Count Bird Photography Birding birds Blackbird Blue blueberry Blue-winged Teal Blur Boreal Brereton Field Naturalist's bunting butterflies butterfly CA Camera Canada Canon Canon 50D carden Carden Alvar carden alvar sparrow swallow thrasher phoebe swallowtail hawk Cardinal catbird CCanon 50D Chickadee chicory Clouds Composer Conservation Cormorant CS5 Dark-eyed Dark-eyed Junco Double Optic dove Dragonfly Duck ducks EF 100-4004.5-5.6L IS EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS EF 100mm 2.8 Macro EF=S 55-250mm 4-5.6 IS environment fair trade coffee False Solomon's Seal Farm Female FFlower Flickr Flower flower wildflower trillium red sunnidale park Flowers Forget Me Not Fort Willow CA Geese Goldfinch Goose Gray Jay Great Blue Heron Gull Hairy Woodpecker Hamilton hdr Head Angle high park Humber Bay Park Hummingbirds Ice In Hiding iphone Jay JPEG Junco Kempenfest Landscape landscapes Leaf Leaves Lensbaby leslie spit Lily Llama Long Weekend macro Male Mallard Maple Leaf Mattawa Minesing Wetlands mockingbird mourning Mourning Dove Nathan Beaulne Native Nature Night Northern Shrike Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Area nuthatch Oak Ontario Ontario Canada Oro Pan Blur Pear Jam Pearl Jam perched PFW Photography Photography Tip Pileated Woodpecker Pine Pine Tree Piping Plovers Point and Shoot Powershot Sx5 IS Pre Focus Purple Purple Loosestrife PWT Photography Queen Anne's Lace rabbit Ramsar Raw Rebel XS RebelXS Red Redpoll Red-tailed Hawk Review Ring-billed Rough-legged Hawk S Samuel de Champlain PP scaup Scenic Scott Kelby shade grown coffee Shrike Simcoe County slow shutter snow Snow Barrie Sparrow Spruce Subject Sumac sunnidale park sunnidalepark Sunrise Sunset Tiffin Tiny Marsh Tip Tips togs toronto tree Trees Turtle twitter birding technology Wasaga Beach Water Water Lily waterfowl Wetlands Whiskey Jack Wildflower winter winter Barrie Woodpecker. Downy World Wetlands Day Worldwide Photowalk Wren Yellow Yellow-bellied Slider Zoom Blur

Entries in Canon (40)


Nature 10+1 - 2.32 "The Inspector"

Red-breasted Nuthatch shot at Tiffin Conservation Area ~ Canon 7D, EF 100-400mmL IS


Nature 10+1 - 1.50 "Redpoll to the Rescue"

Shot at our place in Barrie ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF-S 55-250mm 4-5.6 IS @250mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 640

There was an increase of activity at our feeders today and we were lucky to have both Redpolls and Siskins show up!!  A full post with lots of pictures to come tomorrow morning.  Hope you had a great weekend!

Great Backyard Bird Count/Project Feeder Watch Results : Am Goldfinch (43), BC Chickadee (6), Dark-eyed Junco (5), Mourning Dove (3), Am Crow (3), COMMON REDPOLL (2), Downy Woodpecker (2), House Finch (2), PINE SISKIN (1), Red-breasted Nuthatch (1), Eu Starling (1)


What's My Name?

Help us to resolve a friendly dispute we're having on what to call this great image Nathan took of a Pileated Woodpecker. Do you like the name:

A.  You Lookin' at Me?


B.  It Wasn't Me!!


C.  I don't like either.

Let us know you're choice by leaving a comment.  Thanks!!  :)


Nature 10+1 - 1.39 "Muted Sunrise"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @ 100mm, f/6.3, 1/800, ISO 160, EV -2


Tuesday's Photo Tip - Knowing Your Subject

I know this weeks tip was supposed to be on set-ups but the post has grown beyond a tip and will be published soon as a full post, maybe two! In it's place we'll talk about the benefits of knowing your subject with regards to bird photography.  The term "Knowing Your Subject" actually comes from portrait photography.  The philosophy suggests the more you know about your subject the better equipped you are to truly capture who they are.

Learning a birds tendencies and behaviours will be help you to anticipate what the bird is going to do and thus put you in a better position to get that killer image.  We briefly touched on tendencies in last weeks tip when discussing how Downy Woodpeckers like to work an entire branch before moving to the next one.  Other examples of this type are :

  • if you see a perching raptor (hawks, eagles etc) and it defecates (poops), get your camera ready as this behaviour usually prefaces an imminent take-off.  Kelly used this technique to nail Ospreys taking off last season.
  • knowing if a bird is skiddish or not will let you know how close you can get to it.  It's really important to know how specific birds will react to you and your camera.  (Remember to practice birding ethics.)
  • knowing the flight patterns for different species is a helpful behaviour to know as well.  For example gulls tend to have very preditable and slow moving flight patterns.  When photographing gulls one has to treat them differently than say shooting a duck of the same size in flight.
  • tips like these can be found all over the place - on blogs, in field guides, forums etc.  However, the best way to learn, I find, is by studying the birds yourself out in the field.

All right, you're now armed with a bit of knowledge but where are the birds?  Just as important as knowing what birds do is knowing where they are and at what times of the year can you find them.  For instance, in Barrie I know that if I want to photograph Solitary Sandpipers and Egrets, my best chances are in the fall at Bear Creek Wetlands;  if I'm interested in seeing Snowy Owls, Northern Shrikes and Rough-legged Hawks, I know I can find them in the Minesing Wetlands during winter and so on and so on.  Some good ways to learn about what's going on in your area are:

  • local or regional nature boards, blogs and forums - a wealth of knowledge can be found at these places, especially if they have archives.
  • join your local naturalist group.
  • get in contact with any other local nature photographers when you find a good bird and pass the info on to them - they will likely to do the same to you.
  • get outside and explore!!  Don't forget to keep lists of what birds you're seeing, when and where.

Arming yourself with knowledge, aka 'Knowing Your Subject' is an integral part of bird photography.  Just remember that it takes years to acquire this type of knowledge so don't get discouraged if things don't click right away.  


Nature 10+1 - 1.38 "Mrs Hairy Woodpecker"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @400mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 640, EV + 1


Nature 10+1 - 1.37 "Junco Playing in the Snow"

Shot at our place in Barrie ~ Canon 50D Tripod, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IIS @275mm, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 640, EV + 2/3

Project Feeder Watch Results : Mourning Dove (13), Dark-eyed Junco (7), Am Goldfinch (6), BC Chickadee (5), Downy Woodpecker (2), Red-breasted Nuthatch (1)


Pearl Jam 20 - "Yield"

Our favourite band Pearl Jam is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year!!  In celebration we've decided to post through the course of the year 20 different images in their honour, and each image posted will be named after one of their song titles or albums.  Happy Anniversary PJ!! :)



Nature 10+1 - 1.27 "Corky the Llama"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @340mm, f/7.1, 1/500, ISO 500, EV +1 1/3

We got a real treat today on the mail route in a close-up encounter with a llama named Corky!!  He was tredging through the snow towards us when he stopped to eat some old dried-up wildflowers.  Nate got out of the car and just had to snap a few images.  I never would have thought that llamas could withstand our long/cold winters - guess I was wrong!!  


Nature 10+1 - 1.18  "Blurred"

Tree Pan Blur shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS, f/20, 1/10, ISO 250


Nature 365 - Day 307 - Coming to an End

Black-eyed Susan - Shot at Sunnidale Park in Barrie


Nature 365 - Day 305 - Maple Leaf Macro

Shot in Barrie, ON


Last Saturday

Time has been flying by lately and I completely forgot to post this series of photos Nate prepared from our walks last Saturday.  We spent most of the day walking around, taking in the beautiful summer weather.  

First thing in the morning we made our way to Tiny Marsh, hoping to catch some early migrants.  We had just started our walk when we were greeted by a family of Eastern Phoebes, pictured above.  We watched them for quite some time as they interacted with one another, then a bully of a Song Sparrow came along and chased them away....the show was over and we were on on our way.

Highlights from Tiny Marsh include seeing a new, never-before scene wildflower called Pennsylvania Smartweed...

...the scenery was spectacular inspiring me to pull out the 18-55mm to take some landscape shots...


Photo not included but a highlight nonetheless was watching the MANY Pie-billed Grebes and they were tippity-tapping on top of the water.  To say they were active would be understatement!  We also saw several Green Blue Herons, Least Bitterns and American Bitterns.

Later in the day we ventured down to the spirit catcher and walked around the bay for a couple of hours.  Here are some highlights...

For fun, I played around with the angles in this next shot of Nate taking a shot of a Canada Goose.  Nate liked it so much that in post-production he changed the angle of the shot he was taking to match the photo I took.


Nate captured this super-fantastic photo of a Song Sparrow...nice job Babe! :)

We're looking forward to another great weekend coming up -  this weather won't last much longer so we want to take in as much of it as we can.  Happy birding!



Nature 365 - Day 223

Purple Loosestrife and Goldenrod - Shot in Barrie with the Lensbaby Composer


Nature 365 - Day 222

Juvi Ring-billed Gull - Shot along the Barrie waterfront


Nature 365 - Day 220

Juvi DC Cormorant - Shot in downtown Barrie along the waterfront.


Nature 365 - Day 219

Life of a Bee - Shot at Tiny Marsh near Elmvale


Nature 365 - Day 218

Spotted Cucumber Beetle - Shot at Bear Creek Wetlands in Barrie



Long Weekend Pt 2 - Kempenfest 

On Sunday of the long weekend, for the first time since we met, Nathan and I braved the crowds of downtown Barrie and took in the festival extravaganza known as Kempenfest.  Truth be told, we were mostly motivated to go by our interest in seeing the photography of our peers.  Despite the crowds being thick and slow, we had a great time looking at all the amazing art.   We also brought our cameras along, of course, since we never leave home with them :)  Here are a few shots from the day...

...a cool Harley in the parking lot...


...some funky garden mushrooms that we almost bought...


...a gorgeous hummingbird/flower garden ornament.  It really is a good thing we don't have a garden of our own yet otherwise the bank account would have taken a considerable hit that day.  




The photo below was taken in the antique section of the festival and is a close-up of a spectacular looking accordion.  This accordion truly stopped us in our path and screamed to be photographed, much to the dismay of its owner.


As we walked along the beach we saw a group of kids making a sandcastle.  We just had to stop and catch a few images.

_MG_7889 (1)

The next day Nathan made a quick trip to the train tracks just around the corner from our condo and captured a few photos that I really love and so I thought I'd sneak 'em in at the end of this post.




Hope everyone had a great long weekend as well.  Happy birding!!



Nature 365 - Day 217

Great Blue Heron - Shot at Bear Creek Wetlands in Barrie