West 28 St Cattle Egret

For the last week or so lone Cattle Egret has been at West 28th Street between 8 and 9th Avenues, Chelsea. This is a rare bird for New York City. Looks like it may have migrated a bit north of the usual breeding territory. The bird usually hangs out in a small fenced in area of grass, trees and flowers; and has been seen roosting on a balcony of the Penn South houses. This Cattle Egret mostly feeds on earth worms—lots of them.

Here it is catching a worm:

The blur is because it moves fast.

Other poses:

Note the orange breeding plumage.

Central Park Birds Wednesday

I actually photographed these on Tuesday April 11 in Central Park and processed them next day. So the title is not totally wrong.

One of those lucky shots.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017

The Red-headed Woodpecker has been there all winter but I was unable to get to that part of the park to see it until now. A terrible bunch of photos of it, but they are mine.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017
Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017

Natural Side of the City Book

I created a book of some of my photography. How images interact with each other in this book is as important as each picture on its own. Created as part of the B&H Portfolio Development (@BHEventSpace #BHPortDev).

Click link or picture to view or purchase
Natural Side of the City: Photography [hard cover] $60
Natural Side of the City: Photography [soft cover] $37
PDF verion $10
by Sherry Felix at Blurb

Trinity 1 of 2

Almost every birder in New York City knows about the vagrant Yellow-breasted Chat at Trinity Church at the end of Wall Street in Manhattan. I too went there to photograph it. It took me three tries to get good shots.

On one of the days that I failed to see the Chat I was gifted with the sight of a tiny Winter Wren. I used Corel Painter on one photograph of the wren.

Finally, the star of the show:

Trinity 2 of 2 — the buildings (posted 11/21/2016).

Kinglets

I was able to spend a couple of hours in the park and managed to capture a couple of Kinglets (Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned). They are such fun to watch. These tiny acrobatic birds flit about so fast they are hard to photograph. Every click of the shutter found them in a new position.

Insects and Flowers

Lots of insects are all out taking advantage of the flowers and greenery in June. I pulled in a few from previous years to illustrate a few common species. Insects are tricky, I often use BugGuide.net to get help identifying them.

I found a nice simple guide: A Pictorial Guide to Some Common Bees of the New York City Metropolitan Area (Images and descriptions compiled by Kevin C. Matteson).

Pelican’s Belly Can

“A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”

A limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt

I remember hearing this as a child. My memory was jogged by a post on Though Open Lens

White Pelican, Regents Park 12/31/15
White Pelican, Regents Park, London 12/31/15

Panama – Digital Art

Yellowish Flycatcher, Boquete, Panama 5/29/2014

Yellowish Flycatcher (Empidonax flavescens), Boquete, Panama 20140529
Yellowish Flycatcher, Boquete, Panama 5/29/2014

This wistful Yellowish Flycatcher had a plain bright green background of out of focus jungle. I wanted to show the location, so I added an image of the jungle taken a few days before to the background and gave it my blur and outline technique in Photoshop.

Composite created in Photoshop with 20140519_Boquete_14.jpg for background. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/1600 sec., ISO 4000, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Black Vulture on Gold, Boquete, Panama 5/24/2014

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Black Vulture on Gold, Boquete, Panama 5/24/2014

The original background was gray. By this Black Vulture a gold leaf background I mad it look like an Asian screen.

Created in Photoshop and onOne. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO speed IS0 -720, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014

Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Bajo Mano, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014 v2
Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Bajo Mano, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014 v2

Adding a blurs, selective highlights and edges to the leaves creates how I imagined the scene. Boquete is a magical place.

Created in Photoshop. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO 2000, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Panamanian Tree, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014
Panamanian Tree, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014

Putting the focus where I want it and gives the image a hand painted look. I adding a blurs, selective highlights, color enhancement and edges to emphasize some parts and deemphasize others.

Created in Photoshop. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO speed IS0-1800, focal length 400mm. and max aperture 5.

See my Digital Art page for more