Jul 31

Pacific-slope Flycatcher @ Pitt-Addington Marsh

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 11:09 PM

Took a walk at Pitt River tail and found this little guy jumped around in the trees. It was close to sunset so the light quality wasn’t good. The shutter speed of this picture is very low so the image is kind of blurry.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Scientific name: Empidonax difficilis
Higher classification: Empidonax

Also this Rufous Hummingbird suddenly flew to in front of my camera when I was to focus on a Yellow Warbler. Too bad no Yellow Warbler picture but got a nice shot of the hummingbird :)

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Jul 30

Eastern Kingbird @ Colony Farm

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 11:09 PM

Spent the evening at Colony Farm but didn’t see too much going today. Thanks for a friend pointing me a Kingbird, even though it was quite far away.

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)

Eastern Kingbird
Scientific name: Tyrannus tyrannus
Higher classification: Kingbird

Jul 24

Song Sparrow Singing

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 5:14 PM

Spent a few hours at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Saturday. It was a hot summer afternoon, everything is quiet so as the birds. Two singing Sound Sparrows were the highlight today.

Song Sparrow Singing

Song Sparrow Singing

Song Sparrow
Scientific name: Melospiza melodia
Higher classification: Aves

Jul 23

Young Sandhill Crane

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 5:18 PM

Young Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane
Scientific name: Grus canadensis
Higher classification: Grus

Jul 21

Rufous & Anna’s

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 9:47 PM

Two hummingbirds taken in Richmond Nature Park.

Rufous Hummingbird ?
Rufous Hummingbird
Scientific name: Selasphorus rufus
Higher classification: Selasphorus

Anna's Hummingbird ?
Anna’s Hummingbird
Scientific name: Calypte anna
Higher classification: Calypte

Jul 14

Red-breasted Nuthatch & Song Sparrow

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 9:42 PM

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Scientific name: Sitta canadensis
Higher classification: Sitta

Song Sparrow Juvenile
Song Sparrow Juvenile
Scientific name: Melospiza melodia
Higher classification: Melospiza

Jul 10

Mourning Dove & House Finch

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 9:37 PM

Mourning Dove ?
Mourning Dove
Scientific name: Zenaida macroura
Higher classification: Zenaida doves

House Finch ?

House Finch ?
House Finch
Scientific name: Haemorhous mexicanus
Higher classification: Rosefinch

Jul 03

600mm Lens Bracket

2016 • Posted by Kai @ 5:01 PM

I have been using the self-made lens support bracket for years. Actually everything works pretty well and it does strengthen the stability of my lens and tripod combination. However, once in a while I would want to rotate the lens and shoot vertically, so I decided to grab this toy when I find it on other photo forums and Youtube.

A friend of mine bought and shipped this to me from Taiwan about a year ago, and I just installed it over the long weekend. So here is the process:

1. The last peek of my beloved self-made lens bracket.

2. Closeup

3. New bracket system, included a low profile replacement lens foot.

4. Demounted the original bracket and lens foot.

5. Install the new lens foot.

6. Front bracket installed, the ring has three little wheels in it so it’s rotatable.

7. Rear bracket to hold the camera.

8. Camera mounting plate added.

9. Camera mounted.

10. That’s right, it’s rotatable.

Now I can’t wait to go out to give it a shot.

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