Willet BM 3-20-13 3

Willet BM 3-20-13 3

A Willet (Tringa semipalmata, formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) strides along the shoreline of Ceaser Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 7 100-400 lens on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust reduction, done in Paint Shop Pro X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-18 16:05:51

Tagged: , Willet , Tringa semipalmata , Catoptrophorus semipalmatus , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , geotagged , Fuji , Superia 400 , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7

Long-Billed Curlew AB 8-5-11 2 f200

Long-Billed Curlew AB 8-5-11 2 f200

A Long-Billed Curlew Numenius americanus walks across the mudflats of the Albany Bulb Marsh in Albany, CA. Taken by a Nikon N75 with a Promaster 100-400mm lens (at 400) on an unknown film emulsion. (possibly of a Fuji ISO 200 flavor…) Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust removal in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Cropped heavily to a 4×5 aspect ratio.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2012-04-03 18:13:01

Tagged: , Long Billed Curlew , Numenius americanus , Albany Bulb Marsh , geotagged , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Albany, CA , Nikon N75

Wild Turkeys in Albany?

Wild Turkeys in Albany?

On December 27, 2011 these Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo intermedia hens were seen in my neighbor’s backyard on the 1000 block of Kains Avenue in Albany, CA. Turkeys, possibly these same individuals, have subsequently been seen on rooftops on the same block… on Jan 30, 2012 (the date this was posted) several toms and a whole flock of hens (maybe including these two…) were seen on the block… Taken by a Nikon N75 with a Promaster 7 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Fujicolor Superia Xtra 800. Camera’s on-board flash fired. (How much good that did at this range [~50 feet] is debatable…) Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, gamma and color correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. This is a full-negative scan…

Note that these birds are fully capable of being eaten, but the problem is catching ’em – shooting with a gun is out of the question in this densely populated (…by people…) area! (bow and arrow is a possibility…)

Please note that these two are the Rio Grande subspecies M. g. intermedia, common through the Great Plains of the USA – that was the sub-species introduced into California. (The subspecies is distinguished by much longer legs than any other Meleagris gallopavo subspecies…)

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2012-01-31 02:11:08

Tagged: , Wild Turkey , Meleagris gallopavo , geotagged , Fujicolor , Superia Xtra 800 , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Albany, CA , Nikon N75

Eastern Grey Sq Mer 3-14-13 1

Eastern Grey Sq Mer 3-14-13 1

An Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis seen in an oak tree in Applegate Park in Merced, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Kodak Portra 400. Scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust removal done in Paint Shop Pro X2.

The streak seen is from the scanner – unknown why… I’ll be getting a new scanner soon…(9/2013)

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-02 19:02:33

Tagged: , Eastern Grey Squirrel , Merced, CA , Nikon F4s , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Kodak , Portra 400 , geotagged , Sciurus carolinensis

plane BM 3-20-13

plane BM 3-20-13

A small airplane flies over Ceaser Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 7 100-400 lens (at 400) on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust reduction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Cropped severely to square.

Line below plane is either a scratch in the negative or a artifact of the scanner (It runs through several of my negatives, always the 4th or 5th negative of a stick of 6…)

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-22 17:29:41

Tagged: , Airplane , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged , square

Northern Flicker Mer 3-14-13

Northern Flicker Mer 3-14-13

A Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus (Red-Shafted) (probably a female…) seen in Applegate Park in Merced, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 100-400 lens (at 400) on Kodak Portra 400 film. Scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust removal done in Paint Shop Pro X2. Cropped heavily.

Life Sighting!

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-02 19:02:34

Tagged: , Northern Flicker , Colaptes auratus , Merced, CA , Nikon F4s , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Kodak , Portra 400 , geotagged

CA Ground Squirrel BM 3-20-13 2

CA Ground Squirrel BM 3-20-13 2

A California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi forages in the grass of the Ceaser Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 7 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned inbto computer by an HP G4010, dust reduction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

This guy/gal should watch out – there were Burrowing Owls Athene cunicularia in the area (who love CA ground squirrels for dinner!)

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-21 16:25:33

Tagged: , California Ground Squirrel , Otospermophilus beecheyi , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , geotagged

Mixed Flock BM 3-20-13 3

Mixed Flock BM 3-20-13 3

A mixed flock consisting of 2 Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis hens and a drake, and 2 Western Grebes Aechmophorus occidentalis patrol the waters off Ceaser Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 7 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust reduction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-20 17:03:34

Tagged: , Lesser Scaup , Aythya affinis , Western Grebe , Aechmophorus occidentalis , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged

Western Gull BM 3-20-13 1

Western Gull  BM 3-20-13 1

A Western Gull Larus occidentalis flies over the shoreline of Ceaser Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 7 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Fuji Press 1600. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, Dust reduction, contrast brightness and color adjustments made in Paint Shop Pro X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-14 19:34:52

Tagged: , Western Gull , Larus occidentalis , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , geotagged , Fuji , Press 1600

Qweed BM 3-20-13 1

Qweed BM 3-20-13 1

Unknown, (to the photographer) but pretty, wildflower/weed seen in Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Taken by a Nikon F4s with a Promaster 100-400mm lens (at 400) on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust reduction, brightness, contrast and color enhancement done in Paint Shop Pro X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2013-04-17 16:24:02

Tagged: , weed , flower , wildflower , Berkeley Marina , Berkeley, CA , Nikon F4s , geotagged , Promaster 100-400 ƒ4.5-6.7 , Fujicolor , Superia 400