a Little More Camera Success at High Park East / October 19, 2019

Yesterday my inexperience with the fine Nikon 800 which has been lent to me (in my time of camera need) resulted in super-over-exposed photos. After much You Tube video study and some practice, I had a little more success today.The 562 page manual is a touch overwhelming at the moment.

Here are some park scenes from this 4 degree morning which eventually featured quite a lot of sunshine:

Species list:  mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, American crow, golden-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (17 species)

This camera does not have a large zoom range. See if you can spot the Red-tailed Hawk in this photo:

Red-tailed Hawk

Some of today’s birds from photos taken during other walks:

Blue Jay
Song Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull
Wood Ducks

Some botany:

Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

This morning’s group:


Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.      – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn

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