I added a couple of flashes to my camera trapping setup and put it out at my waterhole at night. It was busy with gray fox and javelina!
The flash left a little bit of a ghost image due to the sync rate – next time will go to high speed sync! This was also with a remote camera trap.
I was having fun yesterday with some camera trap photography – this was captured with a wide-angle lens about 2 feet from the birds. Come learn camera trapping from me!
Spent another evening last night in one of the photography blinds. The bright red male receives all the love, but the female cardinal is a beautiful bird as well!
Yesterday I finally had a chance to do a little of my own photography here.
Another busy but wonderful year!
So here are a few of my favorite images from the past year thanks to a tradition started by Jim Goldstein many years ago.
It is hard to narrow down to just my choices. I did a fair amount of people photography this year, and some of them could have made the cut. Plus, I have lots of birds and wildflower from the Desert Photo Retreat, but tried to keep it to just a handful of each subject. Except bears – have to include lots of bears!
For those interested, here are more: Favorite Photos of 2017 Favorite Photos of 2016 Favorite Photos of 2015, Favorites of 2014 Favorite photo of 2013 Favorite photos of 2012 – favorite photos of 2011 – favorite photos of 2010 – favorite photos of 2009 and finally, favorite photos of 2008.
I have been really busy with projects and haven’t had a chance to use my real camera much, but that isn’t because of a lack of activity – actually it has been busy here!
The fox pair makes multiple visits each night – I was a bit worried a couple of nights ago after a nearby visit by a pack of coyotes, but you can see in the image below from this morning that they are alive and well! The javelina are becoming more regular, and have two babies. Plus, we even had our first bobcat of the season earlier this week!
Our humming bird feeders are busier than ever with at least one male guarding each of the 7 feeders and other challengers constantly flying in for a drink. We mostly have costa’s, but also a few anna’s.
Not only do we have lots of birds we are getting a great variety! I think we have added 7 new species in the past month, some exciting like the colorful spotted towhee. By one of our feeders I see two cactus wren nests being constructed, in fact I was able to watch one pair hauling sticks into the heart of the cactus this morning – very cool! We also have all the regulars such as the cardinals, black-throated sparrows, three species of wren, pyrrhuloxia, phainopepla, many gnatcatchers, towhees, thrashers and quail just to name a few.
Plus, maybe the biggest surprise – lots of wildflowers! It is crazy early for them. But, we have had two rain storms in just the last week, with another on the way, so it should stay good!
So if you want to check out the action, we recommend coming for the night – two is even better! We are starting to fill up a bit, but there are plenty of open dates – take a look at the calendar for availability. For much more information, check out: Desert Photo Retreat
Saturday night’s sunset at the Desert Photo Retreat.