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The Weather Channel2,884,623*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001299  

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Gailen Mapes86,523Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 5 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-05-05 10:36:46173010
Simon Weiner6,5651.36 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-05-03 05:07:18500013
Colin Wilson24,548This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#cultures #It #speculatethat #by #Bcattlweralready #domesticatein #Nort #sex #SaharaNilcomplex #peopldomesticatemany #animals #includin #donkey #ansmalscrewhornegoat #whic #common #from #AlgerNubiIn #year #B #climat #Saharstartbecomdrier #at #an #exceedingly #fast #pacTclimatchangcauselakes #anrivers #shrinsignificantly #ancauseincreasindesertification2015-05-01 11:13:530121217
Tourej Ansari46,244This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this #Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.I will thankful if you plus, Include me in your circles and share this circle! #Charlotte   #NorthCarolina  2015-04-21 04:56:451750114
Simon Weiner6,2971.20 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-15 15:28:55499002
Simon Weiner6,2771.19 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-14 17:12:52500003
Simon Weiner6,1641.16 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-04-11 19:02:05499013
Gailen Mapes85,063Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 5 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-05 10:29:39173000
Simon Weiner6,0021.12 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-04-04 07:18:58498001
Exposure Photographers Circle0Hi thereYou are invited to post a photo in this weeks +Exposure  gallery and competition. One photo per photographer -  Original works only please This weeks edition is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckpju66m8hi8rehtenme1b9tlkk?authkey=CPXK--Ksm9TCzgE2015-03-16 20:55:05490203
Gailen Mapes81,017Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-L - 5 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation2015-03-05 11:17:211786111
Pål Børsting48,744♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 4/8 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 4 of 8!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°4/8 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 4 din 8, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 4 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 4 от 8 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 4 ਵਿਚੋਂ 8ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 4 av 8 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-4, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-4, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 4 (из 8), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 4 van 8 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal pe2015-03-05 10:38:0744058888
Allan watson22,056Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490181430
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
Md. Ferdous Hasan0Valentine's DayValentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.[5] The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.2015-02-15 14:01:29500000
Gailen Mapes76,549Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-06 21:22:57126408
AyJay Schibig85,29221ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE   1.31.15 by  +AyJay Schibig This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-31 21:16:58501301943
Sergej Heck885Top Engagers No 11!! This is for you --> http://i-butler.software <--#circleshare   #circle   #geteiltekreise   #geteilterkreis   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги 2015-01-27 22:18:01500458
Вячеслав Журавлёв1,681вселее вместе #круги   #обмен  #кругляши   #круглим #круги   #sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing  2015-01-18 17:59:21500247
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485685191
Beautiful Beautiful Birds0It is time to honor these great photographers many of whom have been shared on +Beautiful Beautiful Birds #beautifulbeautifulbirds .  This circle contains photographers both professional and amateur alike who are passionate about photography. Many are bird and wildlife photographers, although some only photograph birds and wildlife on occasion.   If you enjoy great photography, please consider adding this circle.  The photographers come from many walks of life, and from all over  the globe.   This circle is not complete, but will continue grow.  Sadly google for whatever reason will not allow more then 500 people to be shared in any one circle.  This circle was over 500 and I will need to figure out who was omitted once this is shared.  They will be the first to be placed in  the next circle that I will share.   That circle will be shared as soon as I have what I feel is a large enough circle to once again share.   Thanks for following Beautiful Beautiful Birds, and please follow those whose work make this page possible. Without their public shared this page would not be possible.Warmest Regards,+William Joers curator of +Beautiful Beautiful Birds 2015-01-08 18:34:11501848
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292344
Gailen Mapes74,959Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-06 12:02:341294010
The Best of Bird Photography611Here it is, the final circle of winners from 2014. This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or were selected as photo of the day in 2014. They are the best of the bird photographers.The new circle for 2015 has begun.2015-01-02 17:39:2327822946
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #3: Photography TwoThe second part of my "big" Photographers circle. I had to split it to be able to share it because of the 500 user limit. This one has already grown almost up to the limit and there will be a Photography Three circle in the future. 2014-12-30 16:51:52490011
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #1: Photography EssentialsLike at the end of last year, I want to say thanks to all the amazing people here on Google+ by sharing a few of my circles, which is easier said than done because my own circle collection is pretty chaotic. This first one is my "small" Photography circle of people I mainly found in the beginning over two years ago, although the size of this circle has doubled in the last twelve months. These are people whose posts I don't want to miss even when I don't have time to look at all the other circles. Don't be disappointed if you're not in there - there are two much bigger photo circles coming up next!2014-12-30 16:36:31269816
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:46490291245
Christopher Prins50,866Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-22 03:28:3347610953146
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:48501346
New Year 20150 My special circle. Increase your following with these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post5 - comment to say thanks  #circleshare  #powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-08 08:04:53501102
Christopher Prins50,544Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of people who have engaged with me in the past 7 days, whether it be a plus, share, or a comment. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who are active and will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you._____________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle-----------------------------------------------------------------Simply plus, share or comment on any of my posts during this coming week and you'll be included into next weeks circle.  *Re-sharers of this post will also be included in next weeks circle!*Publicly sharing this post will help the engagers of this circle gain more followers#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia This circle was curated using +Circloscope.2014-12-08 01:59:5048810833135
Gailen Mapes72,928Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-06 11:59:18131204
Christopher Prins50,158Chris' Sharers & Engagers Circle. week 46.If you're looking for highly active engagers and "trigger happy" sharers on Google+, then you may find this circle to be most suitable for you. This is a curated list of the people who have been active on my profile for this past week. The idea behind this circle is to promote active people on Google+ and to show my appreciation to those who've shared and commented on my content over the past 7 days. Want to be included in next weeks circle?Just share or comment on my posts and get added to next weeks Sharers and Engagers circle. #sharedcircles #engagers #circleshare #engagerscircle #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #googleplus #peopletofollow #commenters #publiccircle #commenterscircle #socialnetworking       2014-11-16 06:42:417335232
Gailen Mapes71,215Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-12 11:41:46137000
The Best of Bird Photography508The Winner's Circle!This circle contains those people who won the weekly contest or photo of the day in the Bird Photography group in 2014.This is the first issue and will be followed by a monthly release of our winners, and photo of the day selections.We highly recommend this circle to you. Each of the people in this circle is an original content creator with fabulous images.If you received this notification, you are in this circle. #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-11-10 02:46:17270126
Grant Stringer (Exposure)10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 2014.This page/circle is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs. Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!! How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer (professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved) 2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends 4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION:There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6 You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos (more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!) 2014-11-02 21:15:40399209
George Clark9,956This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #Alexandria #Cairo #Hurghada #Luxor #Sharm #El #Sheikh #Equatorial #Guinea #Malabo #Ethiopia #Addis #Ababa #Gabon #Libreville #Gambia #Banjul #Ghana #Accra #Guinea #Conakry #Kenya #Mombasa #Liberia 2014-10-31 06:55:43492414359
Arif “Avukat” Baltacı336Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267305
Pål Børsting45,892♥ ♥ ♥ ☀ ☀ ☀ My thank you circle 3/6 ☀ ☀ ☀ ♥ ♥ ♥Photo enthusiasts circle no. 3 of 6!All of you handpicked by me. This is the real thing :-)To show you I appreciate each and every +1.The re-sharers and commenters of course too.Not to forget the serious*** circle-sharers either.Re-share if you like, no pressure!Cercle de gratitude n°3/6 pour amoureux de la photographie.Pour vous dire combien j'apprécie vos +1's.Tous soigneusement choisis par moi (c'est vrai).Ceux qui commentent et partagent sont bien sûr présents.Et je n'oublie pas non plus les partageurs de cercles***.Partagez ce billet si vous en avez envie, à votre guise !Cercul ''Va multumesc'' nr. 3 din 6, cuprinzand pasionati de fotografie!Ca sa stiti ca apreciez plusurile voastre.Fiecare persoana a fost aleasa de mine personal. E  realitatea :)Cei care redistribuie si comentatorii sunt si ei aici.Si bineinteles ca nu sunt uitati nici  seriosii*** redistribuitorii de cercuri.Redistribuiti daca doriti, nu e o obligatie!Circulo de agradecimento nº 3 de 5, que agrupa entusiastas da Fotografia!Para informar o meu apreço pelos vossos +1's.Todos eles seleccionados por mim, um a um. Esta é a realidade :-)Claro que os comentadores e os que partilham também estão aqui.E não esquecer os que seriamente*** compartilham circulos.Caso goste e queira, partilhe! Não há qualquer problema!Кръг "Благодаря ви" № 3 от 6 съдържащ фото ентусиасти!Знайте това, че аз оценявам Вашите +1!Всеки от Вас е лично избран от мен! Това е нещо истинско :-)И, разбира се, тези които препубликуват и коментират са тук също!И не забравям сериозните * circlesharers също!Препубликувайте ако желаете, няма проблем!ਧੰਨਵਾਦ 3 ਵਿਚੋਂ 6ਵੇਂ ਫੋਟੋ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਲ ਦਾ!ਤੁਹਾਡੇ +1 ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਕਦਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਥ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਅਸਲੀ ਕੰਮ ਹੈ :-)ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਮੈਂਟਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਥੇ ਹੈਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੀਰੀਅਸ*** ਸਰਕਲ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਭੁੱਲ ਸਕਦਾਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੀਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋTackcirkel nr. 3 av 6 innehållande Fotoentusiaster!Så du förstår att jag uppskattar era +1.Alla är handplockade av mig. Detta är den äkta varan :-)Och självklart finns vidaredelarna och kommenterare här också.Och jag glömmer inte de seriösa*** cirkel-delarna heller.Dela om du gillar, ingen press!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan ke-3, mengandungi para peminat gambar!Saya ingin memberitahu anda bahawa saya amat menghargai beberapa +1.Kesemuanya telah dipilih secara teliti oleh saya. Inilah yang sebenarnya:-)Dan sudah tentu para pengkongsi-semula dan pengkomen ada di sini.Dan saya tidak akan lupa kepada*** para pengkongsi bulatan yang tegar.Kongsikan semula jika anda mahu, tiada paksaan!"Terima Kasih" Bulatan Numbor ka-3, mong sengoi kea bi-minat gambar!Eng hod hek panei eng gemar keb +1.Semuak ajih bipilih ya eng haleij.Adehla benda kea sebetulnya :-)Ru adeh ne semestinya mong sengoi kea bi-"reshare" ru bi-komen.Ru eng tok en-sep*** sengoi kea serius bi-circleshare."Reshare" la asa hek sukak, tik tok paksaan!Круг благодарности номер 3 (из 6), состоящий из любителей фотографии!Я хочу сказать вам этим кругом, что ценю ваши +1.Все участники круга отобраны мной вручную. Это реальная работа :-)И конечно, те, кто делится и комментирует, тоже в этом круге.И я не забываю тех, кто серьезно*** делится кругами .Делитесь кругом, если пожелаете, никакого давления!Dank jullie wel, cirkel nr. 3 van 6 met foto enthousiastelingen!Om jullie te laten weten dat ik de +1's erg op prijs stel.Allemaal persoo2014-10-30 10:33:1441219429
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 by  +AyJay Schibig ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-10-26 02:39:02496686198
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes68,609Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-06 10:20:50135528
Becky Collins16,657Dog Lovers Worldwide Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-24 05:14:17473226
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
Dirk Müller12,094Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-) #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2014-09-15 03:50:414779318143
Grant Stringer8,802Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle. Edition : 14th – 21st September 2014.This page/circle  is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs.Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!!How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer ( professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved)2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION :There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE  photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION https://plus.google.com/events/cn4f2m1cgln9ta1k3tdv2qrn9rg?authkey=CIWy06qa34GBZw5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winners hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6  You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos ( more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!)2014-09-14 18:05:234004010
Gailen Mapes67,416Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera I-K - 6 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-06 10:45:36130204
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500483461
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378591575
Gailen Mapes66,871Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  I-K - 6 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-06 10:25:22128407

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 156 reshares, 1330 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

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2015-04-26 11:08:28 (74 comments, 160 reshares, 960 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Display! Happy Sunday.
Many of the Great Egrets at the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm already have chicks in the nest, some at least 3 weeks old, but there are also still male Egrets in full breeding display…apparently attempting to attract a mate. They might have come late to the party, or they might be young birds in their first mating cycle and still learning the ropes, or they my have been unsuccessful on the first round and are making a brave show in hopes of still finding a female willing…or they may just be stimulated by all the Snowy Egrets just coming into display around them. Whatever the reason, I am always amazed by the grace and beauty of the Great Egret in display. The delicacy of the breeding plumage, only deployed once a year, the arch of the neck, the single minded concentration implied by the pointing bill, the energy of the dance themal... more »

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2015-05-09 09:46:49 (60 comments, 133 reshares, 1571 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Yellow!
A bad day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding is better than a good day most other places, so, even though the warblers were not dripping from the trees yesterday, there were still a lot of birds. They were sticking high and tucked in to the foliage, so it was a frustrating day for photography, but bird song was all around. I managed to track this Yellow Warbler down, skulking in the brush across the road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Optics Alley were I am working the booth for ZEISS. It always takes me a day or so to get my warbler eye on…and to train my hands for the warbler catch :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 280 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

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2015-05-22 11:10:52 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: May Wildflower Smorgasbord
I took a turn around the trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquarters yesterday afternoon, looking mainly for spring wildflowers. We have a later-than-normal spring this year in Maine, and flowers that are normally blooming the first week in May are just now coming into flower. Here we have, top left clockwise around the outside, Wood Violet, Star Flower, Geranium, Two-bead Lily, Painted Trillium, and Pink Lady Slipper. The inset is Spring Beauty, with Wood Violet in the background.

Nikon P900 in Close Up Mode. Mostly at about 100mm equivalent field of view. Auto exposures. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. Coolage makes this kind of panel relatively easy to assemble. 

Pic for Today: May Wildflower Smorgasbord
I took a turn around the trail at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge headquarters yesterday afternoon, looking mainly for spring wildflowers. We have a later-than-normal spring this year in Maine, and flowers that are normally blooming the first week in May are just now coming into flower. Here we have, top left clockwise around the outside, Wood Violet, Star Flower, Geranium, Two-bead Lily, Painted Trillium, and Pink Lady Slipper. The inset is Spring Beauty, with Wood Violet in the background.

Nikon P900 in Close Up Mode. Mostly at about 100mm equivalent field of view. Auto exposures. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. Coolage makes this kind of panel relatively easy to assemble. ___

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2015-05-21 18:13:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

At the recent Biggest Week in Birding on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, I had the opportunity to teach two sessions of Point and Shoot for Warblers. Most photographers would agree that there are no more difficult birds to shoot than our wood warblers.…

At the recent Biggest Week in Birding on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, I had the opportunity to teach two sessions of Point and Shoot for Warblers. Most photographers would agree that there are no more difficult birds to shoot than our wood warblers.…___

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2015-05-21 10:47:12 (77 comments, 122 reshares, 1283 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue Jay posing (with bokeh)
On my last morning in Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding, I spent a few hours, before the drive to the airport, at Pearson Metropark right on the edge of Oregon, just a few miles from my hotel. The day before had been slow at Magee Marsh, and not much had changed at Pearson. There were a few warblers, Cardinals, Robins, and this very cooperative Blue Jay, posing on a branch long enough for a few shots. Still it was better being in the park than sitting in my hotel or waiting at the airport for the extra hours. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightrtoom. The interesting bokeh is from a chain-link fence a few yards behind the bird.

Pic for Today: Blue Jay posing (with bokeh)
On my last morning in Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding, I spent a few hours, before the drive to the airport, at Pearson Metropark right on the edge of Oregon, just a few miles from my hotel. The day before had been slow at Magee Marsh, and not much had changed at Pearson. There were a few warblers, Cardinals, Robins, and this very cooperative Blue Jay, posing on a branch long enough for a few shots. Still it was better being in the park than sitting in my hotel or waiting at the airport for the extra hours. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightrtoom. The interesting bokeh is from a chain-link fence a few yards behind the bird.___

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2015-05-20 11:05:28 (17 comments, 41 reshares, 503 +1s)Open 

*Pic for Today: Blackpole views...
Sometimes, especially when migration hits when the leaves are already well out at Magee Marsh in Ohio, warbler photography is even more difficult than normal. My friend Rich was doing his first serious warbler captures this year and his constant refrain was “Why is there always a stick between me and the bird?” And, of course, there generally is, except when it is a thick bunch of leaves :) Warblers sitting right out in plain sight, preferably in full sun, are simply very hard to come by, at Magee Marsh or anywhere else during spring migration. So when you see those killer shot of warblers, realize that they are the exception, not the rule.

This Blackpole warbler worked overhead, about 20 feet up, for 10 minutes or more, and I shot a lot of frames to get these four. Still, the panel shows off the Blackpole pretty well. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalentfie... more »

*Pic for Today: Blackpole views...
Sometimes, especially when migration hits when the leaves are already well out at Magee Marsh in Ohio, warbler photography is even more difficult than normal. My friend Rich was doing his first serious warbler captures this year and his constant refrain was “Why is there always a stick between me and the bird?” And, of course, there generally is, except when it is a thick bunch of leaves :) Warblers sitting right out in plain sight, preferably in full sun, are simply very hard to come by, at Magee Marsh or anywhere else during spring migration. So when you see those killer shot of warblers, realize that they are the exception, not the rule.

This Blackpole warbler worked overhead, about 20 feet up, for 10 minutes or more, and I shot a lot of frames to get these four. Still, the panel shows off the Blackpole pretty well. Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-05-20 01:40:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

ZEISS Birding encountered lots of warblers along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh in Ohio during the Biggest Week in American Birding. What is black and white and orange in all the right places? The American Redstart. There are Redstarts on both sides of the Atlantic, but they are radically different birds, from totally different families. Which ones have you seen?

ZEISS Birding encountered lots of warblers along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh in Ohio during the Biggest Week in American Birding. What is black and white and orange in all the right places? The American Redstart. There are Redstarts on both sides of the Atlantic, but they are radically different birds, from totally different families. Which ones have you seen?___

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2015-05-19 11:41:33 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Black and White Downy peek-a-boo
Woodpeckers unwittingly supply nest cavities for many other species. I never thought of the Black and White Warbler as one of them, but this B&W was obviously laying claim to a cavity along the Magee Marsh boardwalk. [Okay...the joke is on me! It is a Downy Woodpecker, not a warbler at all. I was fooled by the tiny size and the general B&W look...as well as the fact that it is, after all, Magee Marsh, the Warbler Capital of the World. You can read it on a thousand tee-shirts. :) ] It sat with its head out like this for about 5 minutes then disappeared back into the cavity and did no reemerge for at least the next 15. I know, because we waited, hoping my friend Rich could also get a shot. (I tried to get him on the bird earlier, but another photographer stepped into the spot I made for Rich. :(

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Pic for Today: Black and White Downy peek-a-boo
Woodpeckers unwittingly supply nest cavities for many other species. I never thought of the Black and White Warbler as one of them, but this B&W was obviously laying claim to a cavity along the Magee Marsh boardwalk. [Okay...the joke is on me! It is a Downy Woodpecker, not a warbler at all. I was fooled by the tiny size and the general B&W look...as well as the fact that it is, after all, Magee Marsh, the Warbler Capital of the World. You can read it on a thousand tee-shirts. :) ] It sat with its head out like this for about 5 minutes then disappeared back into the cavity and did no reemerge for at least the next 15. I know, because we waited, hoping my friend Rich could also get a shot. (I tried to get him on the bird earlier, but another photographer stepped into the spot I made for Rich. :(

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/100th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-05-18 10:57:13 (11 comments, 19 reshares, 220 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Yellow Warbler after bath...
This Yellow Warbler along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding found some standing water for a bath, and then flew up into a bush for a thorough feather fluff and slick and some air drying. And of course I was there to catch it with my camera :) There is no reasonable expectation of privacy on the boardwalk at Magee.

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Yellow Warbler after bath...
This Yellow Warbler along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding found some standing water for a bath, and then flew up into a bush for a thorough feather fluff and slick and some air drying. And of course I was there to catch it with my camera :) There is no reasonable expectation of privacy on the boardwalk at Magee.

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-05-17 11:29:10 (16 comments, 56 reshares, 407 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Redstart. Happy Sunday!
The American Redstart is one of the more common warblers in North America…found most places…and nesting over a wide area of the continent. When they come through Magee Marsh in Ohio during the Biggest Week in American Birding they dominate the marshy forest by sheer numbers. They come in droves. It is easy to begin to think…Oh just another American Redstart…but every one is worth a look. They are perky, active, and fearless…often feeding within a few feet of birders on the boardwalk…and their bold colors, two shades of orange, jet black, with a white undertail, make them stand out in any foliage. These shots, as you see, were taken through openings in the foreground foliage, but the bird certainly stands out.

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in CoolagePro.
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Pic for Today: Redstart. Happy Sunday!
The American Redstart is one of the more common warblers in North America…found most places…and nesting over a wide area of the continent. When they come through Magee Marsh in Ohio during the Biggest Week in American Birding they dominate the marshy forest by sheer numbers. They come in droves. It is easy to begin to think…Oh just another American Redstart…but every one is worth a look. They are perky, active, and fearless…often feeding within a few feet of birders on the boardwalk…and their bold colors, two shades of orange, jet black, with a white undertail, make them stand out in any foliage. These shots, as you see, were taken through openings in the foreground foliage, but the bird certainly stands out.

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage Pro.

This is the last day of the Biggest Week in American Birding. I have been here 10 days. I am, but put it mildly, tired out! It has been, as always, a real treat to walk among the warblers and the birders on the Magee Marsh boardwalk…seemingly thousands of each. This week is as close to homecoming as birders get. It is the one time during the year that I can count on some actual face time with many of my social media birding friends. Someone said, “a gathering of the tribe” which implies a bit more blood ties that we actually experience…but it is certainly a convocation of the community…and a celebration of the birds that bring us together. Almost a religious experience, and certainly a spiritual one. Community is good…and the birding community is among the best. Birders are interesting, engaging, mostly very civil folk…people you can enjoy being around even if you are not a birder. And it comes out most strongly where they gather in numbers.

So, though I am tired out after 10 days, I am also uplifted by the community. This is good. Somebody this year coined the hashtag #warblerstock (which dates at least some of us rather obviously), but I do experience The Biggest Week as a kind of spiritual renewal each year. I go home with my eyes full of warblers, and heart full of good feelings…it is not to strong to say…”my heart full of love.” This is good. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-05-16 11:20:02 (70 comments, 113 reshares, 1401 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Woodcock under the boardwalk
It rained yesterday morning, but my friend Rich and I got out to the Magee Marsh boardwalk (The Biggest Week in American Birding) late in the day, after 5PM. There were still lots of birds feeding and moving…warblers at eye-level…Magee at its best. We walked right past this Woodcock probing the mud along the edge of the channel under the east end of the boardwalk. A more observant birder behind us pointed it out and we spent 10 minutes watching it work along the edge of the water, within feet of the photographers and birders on the boardwalk above it.

Nikon P900 at 550mm equivalent field of view. 1/60th @ ISO 450 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Woodcock under the boardwalk
It rained yesterday morning, but my friend Rich and I got out to the Magee Marsh boardwalk (The Biggest Week in American Birding) late in the day, after 5PM. There were still lots of birds feeding and moving…warblers at eye-level…Magee at its best. We walked right past this Woodcock probing the mud along the edge of the channel under the east end of the boardwalk. A more observant birder behind us pointed it out and we spent 10 minutes watching it work along the edge of the water, within feet of the photographers and birders on the boardwalk above it.

Nikon P900 at 550mm equivalent field of view. 1/60th @ ISO 450 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-15 10:14:55 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blackburnian!
I have yet to get my “killer” Blackburnian Warbler shot…but this is good enough to be going on with. :) The Blackburnian is on my short list of favorite warblers, and may well be (depending on the day and my mood) number one! And, though it is probably an accident, the name of this warbler is one of the most apt bird names. The warbler is black (and white) and yet it burns…that orange throat is alike a live coal in any light. Watching one flit among the leaves, actively feeding, 30 feet above your head is like watching a spark dance…only a spark with intelligence and grace…full of intense intent. Awesome in the literal sense of the word. The Blackburnian, small as it is, inspires awe.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Blackburnian!
I have yet to get my “killer” Blackburnian Warbler shot…but this is good enough to be going on with. :) The Blackburnian is on my short list of favorite warblers, and may well be (depending on the day and my mood) number one! And, though it is probably an accident, the name of this warbler is one of the most apt bird names. The warbler is black (and white) and yet it burns…that orange throat is alike a live coal in any light. Watching one flit among the leaves, actively feeding, 30 feet above your head is like watching a spark dance…only a spark with intelligence and grace…full of intense intent. Awesome in the literal sense of the word. The Blackburnian, small as it is, inspires awe.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 320 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-14 10:27:47 (14 comments, 22 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Oriole in Redbuds
I attempted to catch this Baltimore Oriole in the Redbud tree by the door of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, where I am working the Biggest Week in American Birding, for two days. It kept coming back, but I was across the parking lot and never had my camera ready when it perched there. The first day the tree was beautifully blossomed out…the second day, after a supercell thunderstorm, it was not looking as good, and the light was not at its best, but the contrast between the orange orange of the Oriole and the pink of the blossoms was still worth catching.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom. Cropped for composition.

Pic for Today: Oriole in Redbuds
I attempted to catch this Baltimore Oriole in the Redbud tree by the door of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, where I am working the Biggest Week in American Birding, for two days. It kept coming back, but I was across the parking lot and never had my camera ready when it perched there. The first day the tree was beautifully blossomed out…the second day, after a supercell thunderstorm, it was not looking as good, and the light was not at its best, but the contrast between the orange orange of the Oriole and the pink of the blossoms was still worth catching.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom. Cropped for composition.___

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2015-05-13 09:46:43 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Hidden in plain sight
This is a grey morph Eastern Screech Owl. They also come in red morphs, and the two colors are scattered randomly in the population where they overlap. This owl’s mate is a red. The screech owl is about as well camouflaged as any bird. There were birders on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American birding while I was photographing the owl who, despite my best efforts, the best efforts of many other helpful birders, to point the bird out, never did see it either with naked eye or binoculars. And this is about as exposed as it can get. Generally it is partially obscured by leaves. I say generally, because this owl has frequented the little angle of woodland where the boardwalk branches off to form the back loop for at least 3 years, and it was just up the boardwalk from there for several years before that. It is a faithful owl, ifd... more »

Pic for Today: Hidden in plain sight
This is a grey morph Eastern Screech Owl. They also come in red morphs, and the two colors are scattered randomly in the population where they overlap. This owl’s mate is a red. The screech owl is about as well camouflaged as any bird. There were birders on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American birding while I was photographing the owl who, despite my best efforts, the best efforts of many other helpful birders, to point the bird out, never did see it either with naked eye or binoculars. And this is about as exposed as it can get. Generally it is partially obscured by leaves. I say generally, because this owl has frequented the little angle of woodland where the boardwalk branches off to form the back loop for at least 3 years, and it was just up the boardwalk from there for several years before that. It is a faithful owl, if difficult to see :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lighroom. Cropped slightly for composition.___

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2015-05-12 09:57:40 (48 comments, 126 reshares, 941 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Chestnut!
Yesterday I named my 4 favorite Warblers, and my memory is such, and so many warblers vie for honor in that list, that if I named them again right now without looking back at yesterday’s post, I might get at least one wrong…or, not “wrong” exactly…it would just be that another warbler might be ascendant at that moment. American Redstart? Black and White? Prothonotary? You see the problem? Just too many great warblers to pick from. The Chestnut-sided, though among the most common warblers in North America, would likely make the list every day. It is such a vivid warbler, and so present…feeding just above eye level, at least during migration…and, here at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding, often within 10 feet of eager birders. I could not even use the full reach of the zoom on my camera for this specimen. It bounced almost within armsreach, oblivi... more »

Pic for Today: Chestnut!
Yesterday I named my 4 favorite Warblers, and my memory is such, and so many warblers vie for honor in that list, that if I named them again right now without looking back at yesterday’s post, I might get at least one wrong…or, not “wrong” exactly…it would just be that another warbler might be ascendant at that moment. American Redstart? Black and White? Prothonotary? You see the problem? Just too many great warblers to pick from. The Chestnut-sided, though among the most common warblers in North America, would likely make the list every day. It is such a vivid warbler, and so present…feeding just above eye level, at least during migration…and, here at Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding, often within 10 feet of eager birders. I could not even use the full reach of the zoom on my camera for this specimen. It bounced almost within arms reach, oblivious to the half dozen photographers blasting away at it. And that is the wonder of Magee Marsh during migration. :)

Nikon P900 at about 1600mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom. Full frame…uncropped.___

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2015-05-11 09:56:50 (27 comments, 46 reshares, 462 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Magnolia Challenge!
There are few photographic subjects more challenging than feeding warblers in migration. They are small. They are active. They are fast. Their only saving grace is that they are generally brightly colored enough so you can pick them out even when hidden in deep foliage…that and the fact that they are pretty much universally beautiful, and catching one is particularly satisfying! Any photographer exposed to them has to try…and that includes Point and Shoot Nature Photographers. They are not easy with any camera, and it takes both skill and practice to catch them with even the best of today’s Point and Shoot superzooms. I have been shooting them with Point and Shoots at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding for 4 years now. The density and variety of warblers passing through the marsh, and feeding within sight of the boardwalk, make Mageethe b... more »

Pic for Today: Magnolia Challenge!
There are few photographic subjects more challenging than feeding warblers in migration. They are small. They are active. They are fast. Their only saving grace is that they are generally brightly colored enough so you can pick them out even when hidden in deep foliage…that and the fact that they are pretty much universally beautiful, and catching one is particularly satisfying! Any photographer exposed to them has to try…and that includes Point and Shoot Nature Photographers. They are not easy with any camera, and it takes both skill and practice to catch them with even the best of today’s Point and Shoot superzooms. I have been shooting them with Point and Shoots at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding for 4 years now. The density and variety of warblers passing through the marsh, and feeding within sight of the boardwalk, make Magee the best place in the the US to practice and develop your warbler catching skills. This morning I will give the first of two workshops at Magee: Point and Shoot for Warblers. Both workshops have been sold out for weeks, with a total of 50 people signed up. I hope to show those who attend that catching a warbler with a Point and Shoot superzoom is not only possible…it is a lot of fun.

This Magnolia Warbler, caught yesterday outside the Optics Alley Tent at Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Magee…where I am working the ZEISS booth…is one of several warbler species that I might call “favorite”. I like all the warblers, but the Magnolia, the Canada, the Chestnut-sided, and the Blacburnian are probably my favorites. This one was my first Maggy for this trip, and I was delighted to have it land in a tree above where I was already trying for a Northern Oriole. I got of a few bursts with the Nikon P900 before it disappeared into the forest behind BSBO. If I can find one of these for my students to practice on this morning, my workshop should be a success, no matter what else happens there :)

2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ f6.5 @ ISO 400. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom. Cropped slightly for scale and composition.___

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2015-05-10 10:03:23 (22 comments, 62 reshares, 1275 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cuckoo! Happy Sunday!
I don’t often get to see cuckoos. In fact I can count my sightings, all well away from my Maine home, on the fingers of one hand, and I have never, until this week, had what I would call a really good view. Not that this is a really good view…but it is my best so far. :) I post it this morning, in part, as a reminder that Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding, while it is justifiably famous for warblers, is not just about warblers. The Black-billed Cuckoo, for many people was the best bird of the past two days.

The woods at Magee are full of migrating birds. There are droves of Orioles, flocks of Blue Jays, at least two species of Tanager, White-throated Sparrows, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, singing wrens and flitting gnatcatchers, and several varieties of Thrush. And that is on top, of course, of all the warblers.

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Pic for Today: Cuckoo! Happy Sunday!
I don’t often get to see cuckoos. In fact I can count my sightings, all well away from my Maine home, on the fingers of one hand, and I have never, until this week, had what I would call a really good view. Not that this is a really good view…but it is my best so far. :) I post it this morning, in part, as a reminder that Magee Marsh and the Biggest Week in American Birding, while it is justifiably famous for warblers, is not just about warblers. The Black-billed Cuckoo, for many people was the best bird of the past two days.

The woods at Magee are full of migrating birds. There are droves of Orioles, flocks of Blue Jays, at least two species of Tanager, White-throated Sparrows, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, singing wrens and flitting gnatcatchers, and several varieties of Thrush. And that is on top, of course, of all the warblers.

That is, again in part, the wonder of birding. No where is the amazing variety of creation more obvious than when studying birds. And no where is that variety more obvious than at Magee Marsh in the spring. It is good to be here. And that, along with the Black-billed Cuckoo, is enough reason to give praise and thanks this Sunday! Happy Sunday!___

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2015-05-09 09:46:49 (60 comments, 133 reshares, 1571 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Yellow!
A bad day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding is better than a good day most other places, so, even though the warblers were not dripping from the trees yesterday, there were still a lot of birds. They were sticking high and tucked in to the foliage, so it was a frustrating day for photography, but bird song was all around. I managed to track this Yellow Warbler down, skulking in the brush across the road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Optics Alley were I am working the booth for ZEISS. It always takes me a day or so to get my warbler eye on…and to train my hands for the warbler catch :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 280 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Yellow!
A bad day at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding is better than a good day most other places, so, even though the warblers were not dripping from the trees yesterday, there were still a lot of birds. They were sticking high and tucked in to the foliage, so it was a frustrating day for photography, but bird song was all around. I managed to track this Yellow Warbler down, skulking in the brush across the road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Optics Alley were I am working the booth for ZEISS. It always takes me a day or so to get my warbler eye on…and to train my hands for the warbler catch :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 280 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-08 09:39:17 (9 comments, 54 reshares, 529 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Headed for the Biggest Week in American Birding
Pic for Today. Headed for The Biggest Week In American Birding​
One of the surprises of Tranquilo Bay and Panama, for me (though it should not have been a surprise, considering I was there April at the height of migration) was the number of what we think of as North American warblers passing through on their way north. I could very well see this same Blackburnian (one of my favorite warblers) at Megee Marsh this week while I attend the Biggest Week in American Birding. I will certainly be looking for him! In fact this post is so early because by 7AM I will out on the boardwalk looking :)

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Headed for the Biggest Week in American Birding
Pic for Today. Headed for The Biggest Week In American Birding​
One of the surprises of Tranquilo Bay and Panama, for me (though it should not have been a surprise, considering I was there April at the height of migration) was the number of what we think of as North American warblers passing through on their way north. I could very well see this same Blackburnian (one of my favorite warblers) at Megee Marsh this week while I attend the Biggest Week in American Birding. I will certainly be looking for him! In fact this post is so early because by 7AM I will out on the boardwalk looking :)

Nikon P900 at 1800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-07 10:48:02 (11 comments, 16 reshares, 238 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Regal Darner
I am on my way to Ohio and the Biggest Week in American Birding, but this shot is from the Florida Birding and Photo Fest last week in St Augustine. It is, near as I can tell, a Regal Darner. The shot was taken from 16 feet, at 4000mm equivalent field of view  using digital enhancement, hand held, with the new Nikon P900.

ISO 400 @ 1/320th @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Regal Darner
I am on my way to Ohio and the Biggest Week in American Birding, but this shot is from the Florida Birding and Photo Fest last week in St Augustine. It is, near as I can tell, a Regal Darner. The shot was taken from 16 feet, at 4000mm equivalent field of view  using digital enhancement, hand held, with the new Nikon P900.

ISO 400 @ 1/320th @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-06 21:10:23 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

Point and Shoot Tropical Challenge blog post. Tranquilo Bay and the Nikon P900. 

http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?p=610

Point and Shoot Tropical Challenge blog post. Tranquilo Bay and the Nikon P900. 

http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?p=610___

2015-05-06 21:02:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Nikon P900 at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Panama Honestly, I have never been anywhere as photographically engaging as Tranquilo Bay Lodge on Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago on the Caribbean side of northern Panama. The lodge itself,…

The Nikon P900 at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Panama Honestly, I have never been anywhere as photographically engaging as Tranquilo Bay Lodge on Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago on the Caribbean side of northern Panama. The lodge itself,…___

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2015-05-06 12:02:16 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Visual Banquet This is an image that should be viewed at full screen for full appreciation, and as such, unless it wins the Google+ lottery and gets displayed large in folks G+ streams, it will probably not get the attention I feel it deserves :) There is so much to see here. The yellow Trout Lilies on the mossy bank with their patterned leaves, the shadows of the trees across the peat brown water, the haze of red flowers on the fallen maple across the brook...it needs a large print and a wall mounting. (note to self...order one). Nikon P900...it is not just for birds and wildlife! Processed in Lightroom. 

Visual Banquet This is an image that should be viewed at full screen for full appreciation, and as such, unless it wins the Google+ lottery and gets displayed large in folks G+ streams, it will probably not get the attention I feel it deserves :) There is so much to see here. The yellow Trout Lilies on the mossy bank with their patterned leaves, the shadows of the trees across the peat brown water, the haze of red flowers on the fallen maple across the brook...it needs a large print and a wall mounting. (note to self...order one). Nikon P900...it is not just for birds and wildlife! Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-05-06 11:20:53 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Portrait of a Suitor
Ah the Gator Farm in Spring. Bull alligators roaring loud enough to shake the boardwalk. Birds in breeding plumage putting on displays. Storks and Egrets gathering nesting materials and flying them in to prospective mates. Birds feeding chicks in the nest. Raging hormones in aid of a new crop of life! This Snowy Egret in fully in the swing of things…doing his best to attract a viable mate. As a photographer, there is nothing quite like being immersed in the rookery as you are at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. This intimate portrait could not have been taken many other places.

Nikon P900 at just under 1000mm equivalent field of view. 1/2000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. -.7EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Portrait of a Suitor
Ah the Gator Farm in Spring. Bull alligators roaring loud enough to shake the boardwalk. Birds in breeding plumage putting on displays. Storks and Egrets gathering nesting materials and flying them in to prospective mates. Birds feeding chicks in the nest. Raging hormones in aid of a new crop of life! This Snowy Egret in fully in the swing of things…doing his best to attract a viable mate. As a photographer, there is nothing quite like being immersed in the rookery as you are at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. This intimate portrait could not have been taken many other places.

Nikon P900 at just under 1000mm equivalent field of view. 1/2000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. -.7EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-05 10:57:33 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Red-shouldered Surprise
I was taking a scenic shot of the shadows under the great oaks at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida when something big flew across my view and up into a tree behind me. Hawk! I spun, changing modes from Landscape to my custom bird and wildlife mode on the camera’s control dial as I moved, and got off two shots before the bird moved on. This shot, and one showing the birds tail-feathers as it left the frame. :) That is the wonder of today’s superzoom cameras. From 24mm wide angle scenic to 2000mm super-telephoto bird shot in less than a second. And a camera like the Nikon P900 does both well. That is way they are so much fun!

P900 in custom bird and wildlife mode (full zoom, 2000mm equivalent field of view, standard manual spot auto focus, standard Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation, etc.). 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5.Pro... more »

Pic for Today: Red-shouldered Surprise
I was taking a scenic shot of the shadows under the great oaks at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida when something big flew across my view and up into a tree behind me. Hawk! I spun, changing modes from Landscape to my custom bird and wildlife mode on the camera’s control dial as I moved, and got off two shots before the bird moved on. This shot, and one showing the birds tail-feathers as it left the frame. :) That is the wonder of today’s superzoom cameras. From 24mm wide angle scenic to 2000mm super-telephoto bird shot in less than a second. And a camera like the Nikon P900 does both well. That is way they are so much fun!

P900 in custom bird and wildlife mode (full zoom, 2000mm equivalent field of view, standard manual spot auto focus, standard Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation, etc.). 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-04 11:24:41 (8 comments, 13 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Trout Lily
I went for a walk at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center) yesterday, more for the form of the thing than with any real hope of photo ops…but I was pleasantly surprised. Both the Skunk Cabbage and Trout Lily were in bloom along the boardwalk through the maple swamp, I caught a Garter Snake crossing under, and got good shots of an early Blue Jay. The Eastern Towhees were also tuning up. There were drying vernal pools with masses of frog eggs, some clouds came up over the farm buildings, interesting winter weathered reeds. a Kestrel hunting the farm fields…lots, really, to look at and enjoy. Glad I went.

The Trout Lily is one of the earliest blooming forest flowers in Maine…kind of the Crocus of the woods…budding out shortly after the last of the snow leaves the ground. Many years I miss it altogether, because it has passed by thetime I ... more »

Pic for Today: Trout Lily
I went for a walk at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center) yesterday, more for the form of the thing than with any real hope of photo ops…but I was pleasantly surprised. Both the Skunk Cabbage and Trout Lily were in bloom along the boardwalk through the maple swamp, I caught a Garter Snake crossing under, and got good shots of an early Blue Jay. The Eastern Towhees were also tuning up. There were drying vernal pools with masses of frog eggs, some clouds came up over the farm buildings, interesting winter weathered reeds. a Kestrel hunting the farm fields…lots, really, to look at and enjoy. Glad I went.

The Trout Lily is one of the earliest blooming forest flowers in Maine…kind of the Crocus of the woods…budding out shortly after the last of the snow leaves the ground. Many years I miss it altogether, because it has passed by the time I start paying attention. I remember finding beds of the distinctive green and brown leaves one year, and watching them for a month waiting for the bloom, when, in fact, they had bloomed weeks before I first noticed them. Generally I find them when I am not expecting anything to be blooming…like this year.

They “nod” on their stems…generally the flower faces the forest floor when fully open, presenting its backside to the sun, but I did find one more or less horizontal and near enough to the boardwalk so that by getting down on my side I could frame it from slightly below and catch the full effect of the flower. Thank you, Nikon, for the articulated LCD on the P900. :) The flower is about 1.5 inches across. 

Nikon P900 in Close Up Mode and 105mm equivalent field of view. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-05-03 11:42:46 (8 comments, 17 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Chiperality. Happy Sunday!
After a week in Panama surrounded by exotic wildlife and a week in St Augustine Florida surrounded by nesting Egretsĥ, Herons, and Wood Storks (not to mention lots of dragonflies, butterflies, and lizards) coming home to Maine at the end of a long hard winter, with the snow barely off the ground, is, well, shall we say “different”. There are a few crocus up in the yard, and the Daffodils are budding (one is open), there are flowers on the Maple trees, and a few birds coming through on migration, but it is, relative to more tropical climes, pretty quiet. There is not yet much color in the landscape. We are still weeks of sunny days from dragonflies. I could not find a single Egret in the marshes. It is going to be a very late spring. Even the Hobblebush, generally in full bloom by now, is barely budding. I am only here a few days, and then I will beoff ... more »

Pic for Today: Chiperality. Happy Sunday!
After a week in Panama surrounded by exotic wildlife and a week in St Augustine Florida surrounded by nesting Egretsĥ, Herons, and Wood Storks (not to mention lots of dragonflies, butterflies, and lizards) coming home to Maine at the end of a long hard winter, with the snow barely off the ground, is, well, shall we say “different”. There are a few crocus up in the yard, and the Daffodils are budding (one is open), there are flowers on the Maple trees, and a few birds coming through on migration, but it is, relative to more tropical climes, pretty quiet. There is not yet much color in the landscape. We are still weeks of sunny days from dragonflies. I could not find a single Egret in the marshes. It is going to be a very late spring. Even the Hobblebush, generally in full bloom by now, is barely budding. I am only here a few days, and then I will be off to the warbler migration along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, but I am resisting the temptation to sit at the computer all day processing images from Panama and Florida. It is necessary to seize whatever photo ops are here! It might be only a passing Palm Warbler (my first in Maine I think, and certainly my first photograph in Maine), or, as in the case of my wander down to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters yesterday, this Chipmunk posing against an irresistible backdrop of out of focus forest floor, displaying all his chiperality…or my seasonal pics of our blooming crocus or the maple tree flowers…but there is always something to celebrate in the natural world around us, wherever we are. After all, if we can not find the joys of home, what makes us think we will find joy anywhere?

So, though the best of chipmunks might not compare to a Three-toed Sloth or a White-faced Capuchin Monkey, it is here, and it is worth sharing and celebrating. Homage to the creator. Thankfulness for the day. Joy in life and in sharing life. Or that is what I think this Sunday morning. Happy Sunday!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Dejpeg and Lightroom.___

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2015-05-02 11:12:41 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue-grey Tanager
Okay, so whoever named the Blue-grey Tanager either 1) had never seen one close up, or 2) had NO imagination. To call this bird blue-grey is simply the worst case of understatement ever! Of course they are hard to see close up. They flit through the rain-forest well above eye-level, and never sit still for long. You can, however, get a good look at them from the deck around the lodge at Tranquilo Bay, or, even better, from the Canopy Observation Tower up on the hill. The tower provides a unique perspective as the birds feed at mid-level, so you are looking down from above. From that angle you can really appreciate the splendor of the blues, blue-greens, and blue-greys in this bird. All part of the service at Tranquilo Bay Lodge.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my... more »

Pic for Today: Blue-grey Tanager
Okay, so whoever named the Blue-grey Tanager either 1) had never seen one close up, or 2) had NO imagination. To call this bird blue-grey is simply the worst case of understatement ever! Of course they are hard to see close up. They flit through the rain-forest well above eye-level, and never sit still for long. You can, however, get a good look at them from the deck around the lodge at Tranquilo Bay, or, even better, from the Canopy Observation Tower up on the hill. The tower provides a unique perspective as the birds feed at mid-level, so you are looking down from above. From that angle you can really appreciate the splendor of the blues, blue-greens, and blue-greys in this bird. All part of the service at Tranquilo Bay Lodge.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-05-01 12:02:06 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Another shot from the deck of Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Migrant Scarlet Tanager in the rain. 

Another shot from the deck of Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Migrant Scarlet Tanager in the rain. ___

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2015-05-01 11:29:18 (20 comments, 26 reshares, 324 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Special Delivery!
I had a lot of fun experimenting with Sports Mode for flight shots at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery in Florida. A lot of fun, and, of course, a lot of potential frustration. I was shooting side by side, most often, with folks with DSLRs and medium long lenses…and I could hear the machine gun fire of their shutters as they tracked birds across the open gap above the boardwalk. I was limited to my 7 frames each time I got a bird in focus, which was not on every pass. Still, I suspect that when all is said and done, and the post processing dust settled, that I got as many keepers as anyone on the boardwalk…and even if I did not…the number I did manage was totally satisfying. And I did have enough faith in the camera and my own skill to ward off both frustration and DSLR envy on the boardwalk. :) This bird is bringing in nesting material.... more »

Pic for Today: Special Delivery!
I had a lot of fun experimenting with Sports Mode for flight shots at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery in Florida. A lot of fun, and, of course, a lot of potential frustration. I was shooting side by side, most often, with folks with DSLRs and medium long lenses…and I could hear the machine gun fire of their shutters as they tracked birds across the open gap above the boardwalk. I was limited to my 7 frames each time I got a bird in focus, which was not on every pass. Still, I suspect that when all is said and done, and the post processing dust settled, that I got as many keepers as anyone on the boardwalk…and even if I did not…the number I did manage was totally satisfying. And I did have enough faith in the camera and my own skill to ward off both frustration and DSLR envy on the boardwalk. :) This bird is bringing in nesting material.

This shot is cropped only slightly, for composition, and was taken hand held in Sports Mode on the Nikon P900 at 600mm equivalent field of view. The birds are close at the rookery and moving fast, so, when trying to catch birds in flight, shorter focal lengths are called for. You would never even find the bird in motion at the long end of the zoom. 1/500th @ ISO 100 @ f5.

Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-30 20:35:49 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Taken from the deck at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama (in the rain :)

Taken from the deck at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama (in the rain :)___

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2015-04-30 12:23:32 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It is time to be thinking of a December vacation! Join me for an exclusive Point and Shoot Nature Photography experience in fantastic Belize! 

It is time to be thinking of a December vacation! Join me for an exclusive Point and Shoot Nature Photography experience in fantastic Belize! ___

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2015-04-30 11:36:26 (12 comments, 16 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Glasswing Butterflies
One of the reasons the Tranquilo Bay Lodge experience is so wonderful, is that you can take a boat to the mainland, and be in Cloud Forest in less than an hour from the dock, on good roads (no long hikes up mountains required!) This gives access to a whole new set of species. These are Glasswing Butterflies. In my casual research this morning I found two possible English Names. Banded Peacock and Blue Transparent. I am not sure which species it is, or, indeed, if those are the same species by two different names. Banded Peacock seems unlikely as that is the name of another butterfly already. ??

Nikon P900 at 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 400 @ f5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Glasswing Butterflies
One of the reasons the Tranquilo Bay Lodge experience is so wonderful, is that you can take a boat to the mainland, and be in Cloud Forest in less than an hour from the dock, on good roads (no long hikes up mountains required!) This gives access to a whole new set of species. These are Glasswing Butterflies. In my casual research this morning I found two possible English Names. Banded Peacock and Blue Transparent. I am not sure which species it is, or, indeed, if those are the same species by two different names. Banded Peacock seems unlikely as that is the name of another butterfly already. ??

Nikon P900 at 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 400 @ f5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-04-29 11:19:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Montezuma Oropendola
Now that I am back from a busy week teaching Point and Shoot Nature Photography in Florida (and out shooting in the Florida light every day) I can work with my shots from Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Panama more. This is a Montezuma Oropendola…just think giant Oriole and you will have it just right. The Oropendolas, as befits the size of the bird, make huge hanging nests in colony trees. And, as befits the tropical location, the Oropendola is strikingly colored. This shot shows it all, from the pink and orange and blue wattles on the face, to the brilliant bill, to shockingly bright yellow tail. It was taken from the top of the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, on a deeply overcast day…eye-level for the bird. The tower certainly adds to an already great Tranquilo Bay experience.

Nikon P900 at 850mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @f5.... more »

Pic for Today: Montezuma Oropendola
Now that I am back from a busy week teaching Point and Shoot Nature Photography in Florida (and out shooting in the Florida light every day) I can work with my shots from Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Panama more. This is a Montezuma Oropendola…just think giant Oriole and you will have it just right. The Oropendolas, as befits the size of the bird, make huge hanging nests in colony trees. And, as befits the tropical location, the Oropendola is strikingly colored. This shot shows it all, from the pink and orange and blue wattles on the face, to the brilliant bill, to shockingly bright yellow tail. It was taken from the top of the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, on a deeply overcast day…eye-level for the bird. The tower certainly adds to an already great Tranquilo Bay experience.

Nikon P900 at 850mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 400 @ f5.6. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-28 11:59:15 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Teenagers in Love!
I actually have little evidence that these are young Cattle Egrets…but, based on their very tentative attempts at mating and nest building, I suspect they are. They just did not have the air of a experienced pair. And there is definitely something about the look of Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage that invokes Happy Days…the Fonz…and all that. Or so it does to me.

Breeding season is the one season of the year when Cattle Egrets are actually attractive…again, in my opinion. Most of the year I find them stocky, dingy, and boring…totally lacking the elegance of their Great and Snowy cousins.  And then too, knowing that they are not native birds in North America…even if they did reach our shores under their own power…adds to my general disregard. Still, in breeding season, at the wild bire rookery at the Alligator Farm in St Augustine, itis hard to ign... more »

Pic for Today: Teenagers in Love!
I actually have little evidence that these are young Cattle Egrets…but, based on their very tentative attempts at mating and nest building, I suspect they are. They just did not have the air of a experienced pair. And there is definitely something about the look of Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage that invokes Happy Days…the Fonz…and all that. Or so it does to me.

Breeding season is the one season of the year when Cattle Egrets are actually attractive…again, in my opinion. Most of the year I find them stocky, dingy, and boring…totally lacking the elegance of their Great and Snowy cousins.  And then too, knowing that they are not native birds in North America…even if they did reach our shores under their own power…adds to my general disregard. Still, in breeding season, at the wild bire rookery at the Alligator Farm in St Augustine, it is hard to ignore them…and hard to deny their beauty!

Nikon P900 at 450mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 180 @ f5. -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-04-27 10:58:55 (73 comments, 121 reshares, 1213 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Life goes on....
You certainly get a unique view into the intimate lives of the birds that nest at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery. Spend a spring morning or an afternoon there and you will see every aspect of the breeding and nesting behavior, from inception to the fledging of new chicks. These Tricolored Herons are clearly at the inception stage…and very intent on the act at that. My friend Paul, fellow photographer and wildlife enthusiast, when he saw this photo, complained that he had been just a few yards down the boardwalk. “Why didn’t you call me?” The whole thing, of course, was over in seconds. I barely had time and the presence of mind to lift the camera. :)

Nikon P900 at 448mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Life goes on....
You certainly get a unique view into the intimate lives of the birds that nest at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery. Spend a spring morning or an afternoon there and you will see every aspect of the breeding and nesting behavior, from inception to the fledging of new chicks. These Tricolored Herons are clearly at the inception stage…and very intent on the act at that. My friend Paul, fellow photographer and wildlife enthusiast, when he saw this photo, complained that he had been just a few yards down the boardwalk. “Why didn’t you call me?” The whole thing, of course, was over in seconds. I barely had time and the presence of mind to lift the camera. :)

Nikon P900 at 448mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-26 11:08:28 (74 comments, 160 reshares, 960 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Display! Happy Sunday.
Many of the Great Egrets at the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm already have chicks in the nest, some at least 3 weeks old, but there are also still male Egrets in full breeding display…apparently attempting to attract a mate. They might have come late to the party, or they might be young birds in their first mating cycle and still learning the ropes, or they my have been unsuccessful on the first round and are making a brave show in hopes of still finding a female willing…or they may just be stimulated by all the Snowy Egrets just coming into display around them. Whatever the reason, I am always amazed by the grace and beauty of the Great Egret in display. The delicacy of the breeding plumage, only deployed once a year, the arch of the neck, the single minded concentration implied by the pointing bill, the energy of the dance themal... more »

Pic for Today: Display! Happy Sunday.
Many of the Great Egrets at the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm already have chicks in the nest, some at least 3 weeks old, but there are also still male Egrets in full breeding display…apparently attempting to attract a mate. They might have come late to the party, or they might be young birds in their first mating cycle and still learning the ropes, or they my have been unsuccessful on the first round and are making a brave show in hopes of still finding a female willing…or they may just be stimulated by all the Snowy Egrets just coming into display around them. Whatever the reason, I am always amazed by the grace and beauty of the Great Egret in display. The delicacy of the breeding plumage, only deployed once a year, the arch of the neck, the single minded concentration implied by the pointing bill, the energy of the dance the male preforms…it is truly eye-catching, breath catching, wonder inducing…and I am not even a female Egret!

Nikon P900 at 380mm equivalent field of view. Program with -1/3 EV exposure compensation. Because the dance is so energetic, you have to zoom back  you to keep the bird in the frame even at its most extreme gyrations, so this is slightly cropped from the full frame. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

And for the Sunday thought…well all I can say is that anyone who believes this display, and the feathers and the body that support it, evolved by chance mutations and survival of the fittest has a lot more “blind faith” than is required for me to believe that what I see here is the work of a loving creator. Just saying. I can not believe that such beauty evolved…any more than I can believe that it is an accident that both female egrets and human beings can, apparently, appreciate it. It is a matter of wonder…and gratitude. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-04-25 11:05:28 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: No Nut for You!
I came upon this Grey Squirrel with an acorn, while photographing mostly dragonflies, at Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Palm Coast Florida. Washington Oaks is always good for flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and some birds…as well as just the scenic beauty of the place. It is a great place for a morning of casual photography. I was there scouting for a field trip I have scheduled for tomorrow morning…which now looks unlikely to happen as rain is moving in. Glad I took the day to go down and check it out. I am never disappointed in Washington Oaks, and I certainly would have missed this squirrel!

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO 560 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: No Nut for You!
I came upon this Grey Squirrel with an acorn, while photographing mostly dragonflies, at Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Palm Coast Florida. Washington Oaks is always good for flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and some birds…as well as just the scenic beauty of the place. It is a great place for a morning of casual photography. I was there scouting for a field trip I have scheduled for tomorrow morning…which now looks unlikely to happen as rain is moving in. Glad I took the day to go down and check it out. I am never disappointed in Washington Oaks, and I certainly would have missed this squirrel!

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO 560 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-24 11:11:42 (64 comments, 119 reshares, 1217 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Look at me Little Blue!
So far, at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, the Little Blue Herons are outnumbered by Tricolored Herons (somewhat similar bird) about 20 to 1. And of course the Tricoloreds (as befits their name) are a flashier bird, with stunning breeding plumage. It is easy to overlook the Little Blues. This specimen however, is not about to be overlooked! He has the most intense coloration of any Little Blue I have ever seen, and enough attitude (both probably attributable to breeding season hormones) so that he was certain to catch any photographer’s eye…and hopefully the eye of any prospective mate. :) I certainly hope he meets his equal and they raise a race of really intense Little Blues!

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 220 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3 EV Exposure Compensation. Processed in Lightroom on mySur... more »

Pic for Today: Look at me Little Blue!
So far, at the St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, the Little Blue Herons are outnumbered by Tricolored Herons (somewhat similar bird) about 20 to 1. And of course the Tricoloreds (as befits their name) are a flashier bird, with stunning breeding plumage. It is easy to overlook the Little Blues. This specimen however, is not about to be overlooked! He has the most intense coloration of any Little Blue I have ever seen, and enough attitude (both probably attributable to breeding season hormones) so that he was certain to catch any photographer’s eye…and hopefully the eye of any prospective mate. :) I certainly hope he meets his equal and they raise a race of really intense Little Blues!

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 220 @ f6.3. Program with -1/3 EV Exposure Compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-23 11:19:34 (22 comments, 46 reshares, 376 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Great Egret in its Element
One of the major delights of St Augustine is the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. The presence of such a number of alligators under the nest trees inspires confidence in the birds, and they nest in great numbers. Wood Storks, Great and Snowy Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Cattle Egrets, Tricolor and Little Blue Herons, White Ibis, and the occasional Green Heron. You can stand on the boardwalk right under the trees, often no more than 15 feet from the birds on the nest. Tricolored Herons, in particular, will land on the rail of the boardwalk within 3 feet of photographers. And these birds are not begging. They are not tame at all. They are just going about the busy business of nesting and raising young and totally ignoring the humans in their rookery. It is totally amazing.

And one of the delights of the Alligator Farm is the... more »

Pic for Today: Great Egret in its Element
One of the major delights of St Augustine is the wild bird rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. The presence of such a number of alligators under the nest trees inspires confidence in the birds, and they nest in great numbers. Wood Storks, Great and Snowy Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Cattle Egrets, Tricolor and Little Blue Herons, White Ibis, and the occasional Green Heron. You can stand on the boardwalk right under the trees, often no more than 15 feet from the birds on the nest. Tricolored Herons, in particular, will land on the rail of the boardwalk within 3 feet of photographers. And these birds are not begging. They are not tame at all. They are just going about the busy business of nesting and raising young and totally ignoring the humans in their rookery. It is totally amazing.

And one of the delights of the Alligator Farm is the number of birds in flight on any given day, as they move about feeding and gathering nesting materials. There is almost always some bird in the air. And, again, they are close…often passing overhead withing feet, and sometimes flying between photographers and tourists on the boardwalk. Catching them in flight makes a challenge that few photographers can resist. There are lots of birds so you have lots of opportunity. The light is great…as only Florida spring light can be. And modern cameras have features that make Birds in Flight…well, not easy…but easier than in the past. Even the superzoom Point and Shoot cameras that I favor have Sports Modes that make BIF shots relatively easy. You still get more misses than hits, but you almost always bring home a few satisfying BIFs.

This Great Egret was taken in Sports Mode on the Nikon P900 at 260mm equivalent field of view. 1/640 @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-22 10:59:13 (42 comments, 59 reshares, 575 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Great Egret Chicks are Beautifully Ugly!
Yes, well, the title says it all: beautifully ugly! Only a mother could love…etc. And it is not like they are “nice” either. They are aggressive, single-mindedly competitive, noisy, and not particularly clean. :) These are at the age when maybe even a mother does not love them! She is like: “Get out of my nest already!” Still, who can resist a pic or two when the nest is right in front of you. This was taken from the new Photo Pass only blind in the shade of the trees on the far side of the Rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. Such an amazing place for bird photography. It is even worth braving the crush to tourists and other photographers :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ 1/800th @ f6.5. -.7 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 2tablet.... more »

Pic for Today: Great Egret Chicks are Beautifully Ugly!
Yes, well, the title says it all: beautifully ugly! Only a mother could love…etc. And it is not like they are “nice” either. They are aggressive, single-mindedly competitive, noisy, and not particularly clean. :) These are at the age when maybe even a mother does not love them! She is like: “Get out of my nest already!” Still, who can resist a pic or two when the nest is right in front of you. This was taken from the new Photo Pass only blind in the shade of the trees on the far side of the Rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. Such an amazing place for bird photography. It is even worth braving the crush to tourists and other photographers :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. ISO 100 @ 1/800th @ f6.5. -.7 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 2 tablet.___

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2015-04-21 11:31:13 (43 comments, 39 reshares, 365 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Green Basilisk Lizard
One of the places the folks at Tranquilo Bay take their guests, at least those who are interested, is to the home of one of the indigenous people of the islands, where, for some reason, many different color morphs of Poison Dart frog coexist. When we visited we were greeted at the dock by the 7 year old son of the owner, who acted as our unofficial frog guide while we were there. Our second greeter, however, was this large Green Basilisk Lizard on a log at the base of a plant in the family garden. Amazing creature. Pure prehistoric!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/125th @ ISO 450 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Green Basilisk Lizard
One of the places the folks at Tranquilo Bay take their guests, at least those who are interested, is to the home of one of the indigenous people of the islands, where, for some reason, many different color morphs of Poison Dart frog coexist. When we visited we were greeted at the dock by the 7 year old son of the owner, who acted as our unofficial frog guide while we were there. Our second greeter, however, was this large Green Basilisk Lizard on a log at the base of a plant in the family garden. Amazing creature. Pure prehistoric!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/125th @ ISO 450 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-04-20 11:03:34 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Keel-billed Toucan
I missed a decent shot of a Toucan in Honduras so one of my goals for Panama was to get one! In Panama I had the advantage of a longer reach (2000mm equivalent on the Nikon P900), and Toucans at lower elevations…but even so it was day 3 before I found one perched within range. Then I had to crop slightly for scale. “Had to” is too strong. I decided to crop to increase the size of the bird in the frame. All in all I am happy with the results. With better weather I am sure I would have seen a lot more Toucans, but this one will do! Thank you Panama. Thank you Tranquilo Bay Lodge. We found this bird along a rushing river in pasture land on the mainland across from Tranquilo Bay. This is an odd perch…most of the time the Toucans stayed high in the trees. This one perched about 15 feet off the ground for long enough for me to catch it. :)

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Pic for Today: Keel-billed Toucan
I missed a decent shot of a Toucan in Honduras so one of my goals for Panama was to get one! In Panama I had the advantage of a longer reach (2000mm equivalent on the Nikon P900), and Toucans at lower elevations…but even so it was day 3 before I found one perched within range. Then I had to crop slightly for scale. “Had to” is too strong. I decided to crop to increase the size of the bird in the frame. All in all I am happy with the results. With better weather I am sure I would have seen a lot more Toucans, but this one will do! Thank you Panama. Thank you Tranquilo Bay Lodge. We found this bird along a rushing river in pasture land on the mainland across from Tranquilo Bay. This is an odd perch…most of the time the Toucans stayed high in the trees. This one perched about 15 feet off the ground for long enough for me to catch it. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-04-19 11:43:16 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Shining Honeycreeper!
I have over 1000 images from my 6 days at Tranquilo Bay Lodge and the surrounding area in Panama…and those are only the keepers! This is a Shining Honeycreeper taken from the deck at the main Lodge building on my second day there…in a moment of lighter rain. You can see how wet the bird is. The rain was not typical of the season. April should be the beginning of the dry season, but the rains had ended early this year, and the Lodge, which exists totally on collected rain water, was in need of some rain to fill the tanks. (And I was glad I could help…I told them to just let me know the next time the tanks got low, and I would come down so it could rain for a week :) The Shining Honeycreeper is one of three Honeycreepers that frequent the rain-forest around the Lodge: Shining, Green, and Red-legged. The Shining and Red-legged look very much alike, exceptfor t... more »

Pic for Today: Shining Honeycreeper!
I have over 1000 images from my 6 days at Tranquilo Bay Lodge and the surrounding area in Panama…and those are only the keepers! This is a Shining Honeycreeper taken from the deck at the main Lodge building on my second day there…in a moment of lighter rain. You can see how wet the bird is. The rain was not typical of the season. April should be the beginning of the dry season, but the rains had ended early this year, and the Lodge, which exists totally on collected rain water, was in need of some rain to fill the tanks. (And I was glad I could help…I told them to just let me know the next time the tanks got low, and I would come down so it could rain for a week :) The Shining Honeycreeper is one of three Honeycreepers that frequent the rain-forest around the Lodge: Shining, Green, and Red-legged. The Shining and Red-legged look very much alike, except for the legs, and the Green is not green at all (at least not the male) but a lovely turquoise with a black mask. All of the females are some shade of green, from olive for the Red-legged to leaf on the Green. They are all relatives of the Tanagers.

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view (cropped slightly for scale). 1/30 @ ISO 900 @ f6.3 (which makes this shot totally unlikely! Handheld at 1/30th? Not possible! The Nikon P900 not only survived the tropics, it exceeded all expectations!) Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-04-18 11:10:45 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: White-faced Capuchins
On the run this am, on my way home from Panama, but just to compete (kind of) the Tranquilo Bay experience, two White-faced Capuchin monkeys from the Traquilo Bay tower. :)

Nikon P900. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.

Pic for Today: White-faced Capuchins
On the run this am, on my way home from Panama, but just to compete (kind of) the Tranquilo Bay experience, two White-faced Capuchin monkeys from the Traquilo Bay tower. :)

Nikon P900. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.___

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2015-04-17 12:24:23 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue Morpho!
Yesterday Jim and Alvero from Tranquilo Bay Lodge took me across to the mainland to explore an old banana canal and river by boat. The canal passes mostly through forest and is a rich habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife. Unfortunately the mouth of the river had been blocked by floating vegetation (Water Hyacinth) so we did not get to the ducks, waders, River Otter, etc., but this butterfly alone would have been worth the trip.

There are several species of Blue Morpho butterfly, varying in size from 3 inches to 8. This one appeared to be in 6 inch range. If you have ever seen a Blue Morpho, it is an unforgettable sight. They have, as noted, huge bright blue wings, and they fly with the slowest possible wing-beats…appearing to float lazily over the low vegetation, just about never lighting. And when they do light, they close their wings to show ab... more »

Pic for Today: Blue Morpho!
Yesterday Jim and Alvero from Tranquilo Bay Lodge took me across to the mainland to explore an old banana canal and river by boat. The canal passes mostly through forest and is a rich habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife. Unfortunately the mouth of the river had been blocked by floating vegetation (Water Hyacinth) so we did not get to the ducks, waders, River Otter, etc., but this butterfly alone would have been worth the trip.

There are several species of Blue Morpho butterfly, varying in size from 3 inches to 8. This one appeared to be in 6 inch range. If you have ever seen a Blue Morpho, it is an unforgettable sight. They have, as noted, huge bright blue wings, and they fly with the slowest possible wing-beats…appearing to float lazily over the low vegetation, just about never lighting. And when they do light, they close their wings to show a brown cryptic pattern with just a touch of blue showing at the wingtips. It is so rare to see one perched open like this…so very rare…that I feel incredibly blessed to have been in the right spot at the right moment. Most of the open wing shots you do see are posed at a Butterfly House…this is a wild, free-flying Blue Morpho! How great is that?

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.___

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2015-04-16 10:41:49 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Three-toed Sloth
The poor Sloth has gotten a bad name…or rather the Sloth’s name has be used to name one of the least desirable of human characteristics. I think. I would hate to think it was the other way around. Just imagine if the Sloth had been named the “Leisure” or the “Relax” or even the “Sleepy”…the Sleepy Bear…how great would that be! For the Sloth anyway. This Three-toed Sloth was high in the canopy at the local chocolate farm, across the channel from Tranquilo Bay Lodge…one of the regular tour destinations from the lodge for a variety of more mainland rainforest birds…birds that do not cross the water to Tranquilo Bay.

You could see the Sloth in a zoo, but it is very different seeing it in its native rainforest!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3tablet.... more »

Pic for Today: Three-toed Sloth
The poor Sloth has gotten a bad name…or rather the Sloth’s name has be used to name one of the least desirable of human characteristics. I think. I would hate to think it was the other way around. Just imagine if the Sloth had been named the “Leisure” or the “Relax” or even the “Sleepy”…the Sleepy Bear…how great would that be! For the Sloth anyway. This Three-toed Sloth was high in the canopy at the local chocolate farm, across the channel from Tranquilo Bay Lodge…one of the regular tour destinations from the lodge for a variety of more mainland rainforest birds…birds that do not cross the water to Tranquilo Bay.

You could see the Sloth in a zoo, but it is very different seeing it in its native rainforest!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-15 12:51:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Another Poison Dart Frog with tadpole from Bocas Del Toro Panama and Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Nikon P900. More at my Pic for Today post.
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Another Poison Dart Frog with tadpole from Bocas Del Toro Panama and Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Nikon P900. More at my Pic for Today post.
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2015-04-15 11:08:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Poison Dart Frogs! (worth a click to see it large)
There is a spot on the bigger island, closer to the mainland, in the Bocas Del Torro archipelago, where a number of color morphs of one species of Poison Dart frog coexist. This is unusual. It is not a place you are going to find, or to want to go, unless you are with the excellent guides at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. And there is a second species there as well. (The black and yellow frog is the second species…all the others are the same species.) These are tiny frogs…not the Amazon Poison Dart Frogs you have seen on Nat Geo. They are about a half inch long at best. They hop about in the leaf litter all over the forest floor. The black and yellow frog has a large cluster of tadpoles on her back. She is ferrying them high into the canopy, where she will deposit them in a bromeliad. She will then tend and feed them until they morphint... more »

Pic for Today: Poison Dart Frogs! (worth a click to see it large)
There is a spot on the bigger island, closer to the mainland, in the Bocas Del Torro archipelago, where a number of color morphs of one species of Poison Dart frog coexist. This is unusual. It is not a place you are going to find, or to want to go, unless you are with the excellent guides at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. And there is a second species there as well. (The black and yellow frog is the second species…all the others are the same species.) These are tiny frogs…not the Amazon Poison Dart Frogs you have seen on Nat Geo. They are about a half inch long at best. They hop about in the leaf litter all over the forest floor. The black and yellow frog has a large cluster of tadpoles on her back. She is ferrying them high into the canopy, where she will deposit them in a bromeliad. She will then tend and feed them until they morph into frogs, at which point they will then climb back down to the forest floor to live and breed. Very interesting!

Because of the low light under the heavy canopy, I had to use the flash for all these images, and because of size of the frogs (and how fast they are), all the images are cropped from full frame. Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro.___

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2015-04-14 14:13:43 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

How we are feeling in Panama right now :) Female or young male Blue Dacnis, Tranquilo Bay Lodge.

How we are feeling in Panama right now :) Female or young male Blue Dacnis, Tranquilo Bay Lodge.___

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2015-04-14 11:19:41 (81 comments, 156 reshares, 1330 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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2015-04-13 11:35:16 (60 comments, 92 reshares, 769 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blue Dacnis
After lunch we set out to find the Manakin leck, but we never got off the deck of the Lodge at Tranquilo Bay. Between migrants coming through in good numbers (warblers and flycatchers that I will seen in May in Ohio), and the native tropical birds there was just too much to see and photograph. The light was not at its best…but what a delight. There can not be many places in Central America that are better for bird photography than the deck at Tranquilo Bay. :)

This is a Blue Dacnis, the male. The female is not so intense but more colorful…with much more green on the body and a turquoise head. The daughter of one of the partners in the Lodge calls this bird “bluest of the blue”. I can see why.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th at ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Pic for Today: Blue Dacnis
After lunch we set out to find the Manakin leck, but we never got off the deck of the Lodge at Tranquilo Bay. Between migrants coming through in good numbers (warblers and flycatchers that I will seen in May in Ohio), and the native tropical birds there was just too much to see and photograph. The light was not at its best…but what a delight. There can not be many places in Central America that are better for bird photography than the deck at Tranquilo Bay. :)

This is a Blue Dacnis, the male. The female is not so intense but more colorful…with much more green on the body and a turquoise head. The daughter of one of the partners in the Lodge calls this bird “bluest of the blue”. I can see why.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th at ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.___

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