August 2019
Welcome! (21 August 2019
Rainbows! (22 August 2019
Woodpeckers (23 August 2019
Birds at Twilight (24 August 2019
Black-Crowned Night Heron (25 August 2019
Upper West Side Parks (25 August 2019
From the Archives: Hawks and Falcons (26 August 2019
A Great Blue Heron (29 August 2019


21 August 2019

This is my photography blog. I'll be posting pictures, both current and from my archives. Most of them are nature photos, especially of birds; since I live in Manhattan, there will be disproprtionately many New York City pictures.

To start things off, here is the totemic image for this blog, a somewhat confused red-bellied woodpecker seen in Morningside Park, apparently preparing to peck some metal posts. Below it is a male great egret that is frequently seen in the pond.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Perched on a metal post…
March 27, 2019
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 640, 300 mm

Great egret

April 23, 2019
1/400, f/11, ISO 800, 500 mm


22 August 2019

August 21, 2019
1/500, f/22.0, ISO 2000, 70.0 mm

August 21, 2019
1/400, f/22.0, ISO 2000, 18.0 mm

August 21, 2019
1/400, f/22.0, ISO 2000, 18.0 mm


23 August 2019

For whatever reason, when I visited a nearby lake this morning, there were a lot of woodpeckers about; here are two of them. Alas, I did not see the pileated woodpecker I know lives in that vicinity.

Northern flicker

August 23, 2019
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
Notice the hole it's just drilled
August 23, 2019
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
This tree seems to be beloved by woodpeckers…
August 23, 2019
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Hairy woodpecker

August 23, 2019
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Birds at Twilight

24 August 2019

Twilight isn't great for pictures, especially with a very long lens, but I couldn't resist making this shot arty. I'm couldn't positively identify the birds, but from what I could see, and from previous instances in somewhat better light on that same tree, I'm pretty sure they're cedar waxwings.

August 22, 2019
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 2000, 500.0 mm

For comparison, here's a picture of a cedar waxwing I took earlir this summer.

Cedar waxwing

July 09, 2019
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Black-Crowned Night Heron

25 August 2019

This one was perched in a willow tree in the pond in Morningside Park. I've seen one before in that tree, but I've never seen it feeding in the pond. More often, I see a great egret there.

Black-crowned night heron

August 25, 2019
1/500, f/14.0, ISO 2000, 500.0 mm

Upper West Side Parks

25 August 2019

I got to spend a fair amount of time today wandering around the three parks on the Upper West Side that I often visit: Morningside Park, Central Park (today, I was in the Loch area), and Riverside Park. Here are some of the pictures I took. (I was especiall pleased to see the black-crowned night heron in Morningside Park—I haven't seen one there that often.)

This, by the way, is the first time I've embedded one of my photo albums in a blog post, which lets me bring in maps. My, did I find a lot of bugs in my album-generating script…

From the Archives: Hawks and Falcons

26 August 2019

For some reason, I'm fascinated by raptors; I'll photgraph them any time I can. Here are some of my favorite hawk and falcon photos; all but one from Manhattan.

A Great Blue Heron

29 August 2019

I saw a great blue heron today and took a bunch of pictures—but a setting was off and the pictures weren't very good technically. That was disappointing, because I had a halfway-usable shot of a heron in flight.

Late this afternoon, I decided to go back to that pond and try again. At first, I didn't see any herons—and then I did, and it was great. It speared a fish, flew, strode around, flew some more, and ended up reasonably close to me. So: too many pictures, but I love seeing great blue herons, especially in flight.