"Bald Eagle Nesting"
One of my all-time favorites! Myron Baumer and I spent a could February
afternoon photographing this pair of Bald Eagles near the Pendleton quarry Not
long after that , several trees were cut down, and although the tree in which they
had nested was not disturbed, they moved on to quieter pastures.
Digital Mixed Media.
My caption for this photo is "Will this Pose Do?"
This little fellow had been working with me for over a half hour as I kept
trying to photograph him in flight. Finally, he settled on the fence post and
waited patiently for me to take several shots of him. Lovely day down at
Summit Lake, Indiana.
My sister, Nell lived in Brisbane, Australia where she fell in love with all the birds that visited on her 2+ acres. After she passed away, I had to go over to Australia to settle her estate. It was winter there and, although Brisbane is well up the eastern coast, it was colder and rainier than I expected. One afternoon, the sun came out and shone on one of the bird baths. As I watched, Rainbow Lorikeets and Pale-Headed Rosellas took turns bathing in the bath.
I grabbed my camera and put it on action and kept my finger down! They actually did not bathe
together, but I used the Artist's license to paint them so.
Traditional Oils. Original sold before it was complete. Prints Available.
"Blue Heron Sunrise". 2011 Award Winner.
One of my very first Manipulated Photographs that is not an abstract
Australian Butcher Bird. Possible title: "Where's the Beef!"
"Dewy Cardinal." Award-Winning .
Digital Mixed Media - watercolors and oils
"Cardinal Silhouette" Manipulated Photography.
When you have a photograph that is burned out by the sun, except for the outline of the bird and the branch, what can you do? Here's what I did.
"Cheeky Bugger!" Traditional Oils
Of all Nell's favorite birds, I think this one tops them. We would be talking
business on the phone, and shed' say, "Oh, hang on! He wants his food!" And
she would take food out to him - and the other Cockatoos that
followed him in. He'd always sit on the branch above her head and squawk until
the old frying pan she'd rigged as a feeder was full. The first afternoon I was
there to begin the horrendous task of closing up her estate, there he was!
I wonder if the new owners still feed him?
"Scratch the Itch!" Photography
Cockatoo 60 feet up in a tree about 100 feet away
from me with just my Cannon Rebel.
Another of Nell's birds coming through the rain forest
in her back yard.
"Take-Off!" American Coot.
"Eye to Eye"
One of the pair of Bald Eagles that nested for a time near the Pendleton Quarry
Fledgling House Wren
Award Winner. Photography
"Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!"
"Close up and Personal"
House Finch at the feeder
"Hunting for Supper"
The Sora is a reclusive water bird. You will seldom see more than one at a time., if you are lucky,
but you will often hear them. I was fortunate enough photograph this one for about 19 minutes, then
had fund combining the photos to make it look like a whole family of Soras.
These young sea gulls were watching several adults fishing the surf as if it was a training session. Several titles come to mind: "Did you see that?!" or "That's how we get our food?" or "Gull! That looks like hard work to me!"
"OOO La La!"
Male King Parrot checks out a coquettish female. I understand that the King
Parrots are not so common. I was blessed to photograph the pair separately
during the six weeks I spent in Nell's home settling her estates.
"Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree"
The old song starts playing every time I look at this.
Do you know it? Here's the first verse:
"Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me!"
"Mine! Mine! Mine!"
Two Seagulls chase a Sea Eagle trying to steal his freshly caught fish. (Yes! I
was thinking of the movie when I named it! )
"Papa and Fledgling House Sparrows"
I often find humor in the strange shapes of fallen trees and branches floating in or stuck on Shadyside Lake, Anderson, IN. At first glance, I see a huge snake rising out of the water to snatch the turtle. What's the Heron thinking? Is he back-peddling or going to the turtle's rescue?
"What?! No Fishing?!"
Created humor here. The beautiful Great White Egret and the little boy fully intend to fish the bayou , but the sign on the old shack says "NO FISHING!" Do they obey?
"Hush! She's Watching!" or "You Lookin' at Us?!"
Rainbow Lorikeets. More of Nell's Birds.
Australian Pale-Faced Rosella
Another one of Nell's birds
"Stoned Heron" or maybe "Set in Stone"
Great Blue Heron
Australian Whistling Dove
So called because of the sound of the wind in their wings.
This bird has the most astonishing - and beautiful coloring, especially when their wings catch the sun.
North American Cardinal