TIME OF LEARNING

After our breeding birds have fledged their young some species bring them into feeders and others search for green wigglies and other natural food in the trees by my house. I have to try to figure out just what species they are in their fall plumages. Some I have learned to recognize, some are obvious and others require my Peterson’s Warbler book. If you are really stumped undertail photos are the answer. Peterson’s Field Guide to Warblers has two pages of undertail images.

One of the obvious ones is the American Redstart.

Another that is often easily identified is the Black-throated Green Warbler as the males retain part of their black chest through migration.

One of those not so easily identified is the Blackburnian Warbler.

The images, above, were all take with my Canon 7D with my 500 f4 IS lens, handheld from one of the windows in my house.

After many attempts I was able to capture a Monarch caterpillar molting from fourth to fifth instar. It just takes staying up until 3 or 4 am a few times. This was taken with two video lights, my 7D and my 180 macro lens.

I seem to have spent the last month inside preparing images for a winter show at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge, Ontario, printing cards and preparing images for sale at Iroquois Artisans in Bala, ON and Trader Bay Gallery in Dorset, ON. Here is a view of some of my prints on canvas at Iroquois Artisans.

For scale, “Great Blue Heron Flying in Evening Light”, is 3 ft x 2 ft and the Portrait of Doe, is 10″ x 10″. All my canvas prints are done by Randy Foster of Foster Fine Art Prints, Orillia, ON. He does a beautiful job of the printing, stretching and his method of finishing adds real depth to the print!

All the above images and video are the sole property and Copyright of Eleanor Kee Wellman and may not be used for any reason without the express written permission of the photographer.