I thought I would take advantage of my experience feeding and attracting birds at the Desert Photo Retreat share my trip and tricks on a Youtube video. If you are receiving this via email, you will need to click on this link: Attracting and feeding birds. Enjoy! Let me know if you have further questions.
This was captured in the wash just below our rv this morning. The bobcat has been around this year, I have seen it a few times, but yet to come to either water hole for some reason. I keep a trail cam on both my waterholes, but have a third camera that I move around to see where things are coming and going.
Such a colorful birds, I can’t help but to photograph these guys!
I love the background in the evening at the lower blind – some evenings it really is rich! Black-throated sparrow.
The ringtail coming into the waterhole last night. Such a cute face!
We must have at least 20 of these guys around this year! I would say there nest activities around here the last couple of years have been a success!
Can you find the bat? This was a bit of a lucky photo. Typically to capture bats you need a really fast camera trigger setup and this is usually accomplished by having the shutter open, and having the trigger connected directly to the flashes. Here, since I’m photographing slower moving mammals, I have the trigger connected to the camera. The bat should have been long out of the frame, but it must have circled back or something. Nice surprise!
I know I have commented over the years as to how surprised I am with how many animals will share the water hole at the same time – especially skunks with others. Here is a hooded skunk on his way to the waterhole which is just out of the frame on the right, with a ringtail watching! Crazy. This ringtail is at the spot a placed some catnip.
For this image I used three flashes, one camera right, one camera left, and a I added a third one behind the log for highlights.