Monday, August 3, 2015

Audubon Residents

The Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA is a MA Audubon Society location with many pleasant nature trails and local wildlife. I recently visited this excellent site with my camera and even my tripod(!) I almost never photograph with a tripod; virtually all pictures on this blog are handheld; the OM-D E-M5 MkII's built-in 5-stop equivalent image stabilization works spectacularly well. However, there's no question that using a long lens - all the shots below are with my 75-300mm lens - can often lead to better results with a tripod.  At 600mm equivalent focal length, camera shake is a fact of life. Many photographers wouldn't consider shooting at 600mm without a tripod.

This was one of my first views of this fine swan family.  For those with a thirst for knowledge, according to the site Animal Babies baby swans are called cygnets or flappers.

Family Outing

You will notice there is a lot of algae.   So much, in fact, that in some of the photos the water surface itself is barely visible.  It appears that adult swans, and young swans, love to eat this stuff.  You can see it on their beaks in virtually every photo.

Up Close and Personal

This heavily cropped ISO 1600 photo of a handsome turtle was taken from about 30 feet away.  I love how his (or her) eyes have the same yellow striped coloring as his/her entire head.  And the claws/feet have red, not yellow stripes.

Never Goes To the Nail Salon

Getting Warmth from One Another on Their Water Bed 

Giving Me the Eye

Giving Me Some Neck and Eye

Not all the water was filled with algae.

Water Painting

Young Swan 1

Young Swan 2

Caring Mom and Her Side-by-side Swan Children

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