Tag Archive | flying

Mallard Habitat

MallardFrenzy

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found these Mallard ducks gathered in their habitat while visiting a wetland area in Holland, Michigan today.  One pair decided to take flight while I was composing the shot :)

 

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Searching

HawkPatterns2

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught this moment of a Hawk mid-flight in the blue skies over Michigan. It seemed to be searching for something- perhaps its next meal, a place to land, or the next thermal current to lift it higher into the heavens. (Click on the image to see an enlarged version)

Flying Pair

SandhillPair

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

After looking through my files, I found this pair of Sandhill Cranes I photographed flying together in blue skies.

 

Twilight Gathering

TwilightGathering

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I discovered this aerial gathering of what I believe to be Canada Geese among the clouds shortly before they landed after sunset in Zeeland, Michigan today. I believe they were settling in for the evening in nearby cornfields. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

 

Pollination Plans

PollinationPlans

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught this insect in flight as it approached a flower before pollination began. I used my Canon 50mm F-2.5 macro lens at 1/200 of a second and F-13 at ISO 800. It was cloudy as I took the photo which gave the lighting a more diffused effect. I wanted more depth of field and sacrificed a faster shutter speed to allow more of the image to be in focus with the exception of the wings which were a blur. I found this moment of beauty while walking today in Ottawa County, Michigan near a small lake. Click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged version.

Reached 6,000 Followers this Week! THANKS!

BarnSwallow6000

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This week was a big milestone for my blog. I passed the 6,000 mark for registered followers! Thanks everybody! :) Let me say I really appreciate your interest and the time you take to check out my outdoor and nature photos. I also wish I had more time to respond to everyone personally, but please accept this note of thanks when you don’t hear from me at other times. The photo I’m posting now could be the same barn swallow in my previous entry, but there were so many flying at impossible speeds, turning on a dime in midair, that I lost track of the individuals. I felt very fortunate to get this one displaying its tail feathers momentarily before it flew off at high speed a second later. I shot this at 1/1300 of a second and F-9, and had to shoot at a faster ISO of 1600 under the available lighting conditions of the time. I used a 200mm F-2.8 lens. Enjoy! (Click on the image to see an enlarged version)

Spread Your Wings

Sandhill1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Sandhill Crane flying over an Allegan County, Michigan wetland area this afternoon. I was fortunate enough that it flew fairly close overhead as the sun was shining through its wings. The end result displayed the detail of the feather patterns nicely.

 

On the Wing

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this House Wren last weekend in Ottawa County, Michigan. I captured a moment with it in the air near the remains of an old tree stump, using a Canon 200mm F-2.8 L lens with my shutter set at 1/1300 of a second, F-11, ISO 800. House Wrens can be found in most of the Western Hemisphere.

Aerial Ballet

Aerial _Ballet

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I noticed these Tree Swallows performing an Aerial Ballet which I was happy to capture with my camera today.

Rough-Legged Hawk

CoolHawk4
Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found what I believe to be a Rough-Legged Hawk flying over Allegan County, Michigan yesterday. In addition to this hawk, I spotted a Bald Eagle, and 2 Red Tailed hawks in flight.

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