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Nature Photography: Beginner's Guide

This is a group for the study and practice of nature photography. At Alderleaf, we use photography as a learning and teaching tool, as well as enjoying the artistic benefits.

Members: 12
Latest Activity: Jan 2, 2014

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How do we see? 1 Reply

How we see is often something we take for granted.  Yet, it is a dynamic and diverse experience.Photography is definitely hugely impacted not just by what we are looking at, but also how we see.Watch…Continue

Started by Filip Tkaczyk. Last reply by ConnorOMalley Jun 19, 2013.

Photography Challenge # 3 5 Replies

This time, let's focus on winter.  Find some natural elements in the landscape around you that represents the magic and beauty of wintertime and take some photos of it. It can be a macro, portrait,…Continue

Started by Filip Tkaczyk. Last reply by ConnorOMalley Dec 10, 2012.

Photographic Challenge # 2 5 Replies

Since springtime is an excellent time to see amphibians of all kinds out and about, this 2nd photographic challenge will be for you to get a photo of an amphibian.  You can compose the shot close up…Continue

Started by Alderleaf Wilderness College. Last reply by Filip Tkaczyk Dec 3, 2012.

Photographic Challenge # 1 3 Replies

I have decided to start a monthly photographic challenge to all those interested in nature photography.  This challenge is inspired by the fun of the tracking quizzes in the tracking group.  The best…Continue

Started by Alderleaf Wilderness College. Last reply by Filip Tkaczyk Dec 3, 2012.

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Comment by Bernard F. van der Weerdt on January 2, 2014 at 4:20pm

Got it.

Thanks Filip!

Comment by Filip Tkaczyk on January 2, 2014 at 1:15pm

Your last photo included a bird with a nice, deep red tail.  Look right under the tips of the primaries.  It also has a much smaller beak, smaller head than any bald eagles.

All the additional images you posted, including the repeat of photo # 4 all look like Bald Eagles.

Comment by Bernard F. van der Weerdt on December 31, 2013 at 5:10pm

Hi Filip, I was under the impression that it was an American Bald Eagle young. It was feeding on a salmonid carcass.

I've recently seen a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) at the Skykomish ("Cedar grove") and have a few second video of it in flight (clearly showing the red undertail). It seemed a bit smaller than this one.

I took the following pictures in the past month as well (thinking they were "one and the same"...). I believe, looking at the undertail coverts (crissum?) that I can see the difference (red coloration) now.

Comment by Filip Tkaczyk on December 31, 2013 at 12:07pm

Bernard, wonderful photos!  Glad you get to spend time with these wonderful birds.

The last bird is a red-tailed hawk.  Interesting to see it feeding in the water.  Was that carcass a bird of some kind?

Comment by Bernard F. van der Weerdt on December 31, 2013 at 11:17am

A number of American Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) have been frequenting my sitspot area recently. They are attracted by the various salmonids in the Wallace (and Skykomish) river.

Their vocalizations are rather "soft", they startle easily, and are often chased away by crows.

A juvenile is occasionally present.

 

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