søndag 24. mai 2015

50 SHADES OF EUROPEAN ROLLERS …. (BLÅRÅKE)


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200

European rollers are shot in Hungary early May this year. Thanks to Bence, Koko & Csaba !

Når det gjelder parringer må jeg innrømme at jeg ikke liker å ta bilder av andre som har seg,-
og blåråkene er intet unntak. Det blir liksom litt for privat synes jeg, men når bildene nå likevel er tatt kan jeg fortelle at det hele forgår omtrent som følger : 

Han kommer flyvende mot hunnen som sitter intetanende på en kvist og filosoferer. Han er vill i blikket og har en larve i nebbet. Denne skal liksom være en "gave til henne", men ingen er i tvil om hva han egentlig har i tankene. Han forærer henne gaven med påtatt eleganse og mens hun er uforvarende opptatt med å "tygge" maten gyver han løs på henne bakfra ! Hun får jo nesten maten i halsen stakkars der hun prøver å svelge mens typen på ryggen tar seg til rette …. og når han har gjort sitt stikker han bare av, mens hun, forfjamset og litt "uryddig" i fjærdrakten, tørker matrestene av nebbet.

I denne sammenhengen lurer jeg på følgende : Hvordan gjør fuglene det ??

De fleste "voksne damer" har vel før eller siden plukket fjæra av en eller annen oppblåst hane (?), mens vi andre har tatt livet av et eller annet uskyldig fjærkre under påskudd av å skulle "leve av landet" ? 
Når man så har plukket liket rent for fjær og den fornærmedes nakne, maltrakterte legeme ligger der på kjøkkenbenken i all sin ynkeligehet : Kan du se noen penis ?? Nei, du ser ingen penis. Forklaringen kan jo være at du har forgrepet deg på en dame, men heller ikke herrene har verken bjeller eller penis. Hvordan gjør de det da ???  Er det bare "hull mot hull" liksom ? I så fall må det jo bli mye svinn av livgivende dråper og mye søl og klin på denne tida av året ….. og fuglene flyr jo ikke rundt med tørkerull heller …..

Her ha folkeopplysningen et forbedringspotensiale.

Etterskrift : Jeg har googla problemstillingen og svaret er "kloakk mot kloakk" …. det betyr antakelig : 

"Hull mot hull uten rull" !!


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1400


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 2200

  
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1800


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1600


D4s, 200-400 ,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1600


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1800


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 1600


The male arrives with amorous intentions with a gift for the female
D4s, 200-400 ,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 2200


The male (right) presents the gift to the female (left)
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 2200 


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 1100


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 1250


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 3600


Early morning light
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/200, ISO 1250

torsdag 21. mai 2015

NIGHT OTTERS / OTER

Lake Csaj, Hungary, January & May 2015 :

MAY 2015 :



By autumn 2014 my friend Bence Matè set up an infrared camera to monitor the pond by one of his heron-hides at night-time, and to his surprise this revealed an unexpected visitor : a family of local otters had found the "underwater-boxes with heron food" and was feeding regularly every night on the fish from the boxes. I had the pleasure to shoot these magnificent animals for the first time in January 2015, and as I returned to Hungary in May this year I had the chance to do them again. The normal procedure would be that the bigger male would arrive first and feed alone and then later the female with 3 cubs would arrive, more or less together. When I was there in January the cubs had already reached adult size, and by May they were still hanging around with "Mom". Altogether I spent 4 full nights with the otters ….. and I really had a great time with them !!

Since otters are strictly nocturnal the shooting inevitably involves the use of flash (which is not my favorite gadget !!) … and like many other wild (and even shy !) animals the otters did not react upon repeated flashing. However the action was hard to shoot because they were always, constantly & continuously in rapid movement … and the focus light was poor.

The pictures from January are shot with 2 flashes from up front, while the shooting in May was done with 3 flashes, 2 from up front and 1 from behind as a backlight flash. All pictures are shot with Nikon D4 /D4s, Nikkor 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/250, ISO 500-800 and with Nikon SB 900 flashes. 
Ok, it`s 20 pictures looking much the same, but still : Hope you like `em !!

A warm thank you to Csaba Olasz, Krisztian "Koko" Kovacs & Bence Matè !


A heavy rainstorm is washing the pool with backlight flashing


Still raining ...
















….of some reason : my favorite !








JANUARY 2015 :


The temperature is below freezing and the warm breath can be seen above the water






Mom & one of the playful cubs


mandag 18. mai 2015

BLACKWINGED KITE / SVARTVINGEGLENTE


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 900

I am not the one to fall in love with glossy photographs of "divas & popstars" in fancy books and magazines …. but this time it was different !! Ever since I saw the picture of the "Goth Lady" for the first time … with the slim, clean look, the pale powdered face and the big, bottomless, brown eyes with excessive makeup inspired by Cleopatra and Siouxie & the Banshees (80`ies rock band) … I simply could not get this stunning appearance out of my mind. I was seriously "bewitched, bothered & bewildered" (Doris Day 60`ies song). After this overwhelming experience  I have spent time and used my network to figure out how I could possibly obtain an audience with the "devine lady", and this has been a true challenge due to the fact that she`s simply not very "available" …. but then all of a sudden : hard work and coincidence comes together and give me my desired opportunity for a date with :

The "Cult Queen".

The black winged kite (Elanus caerulens) has relatively recently (in ecological terms of time) spread into Europe from Africa and is now breeding in very few numbers on locations in Spain & Portugal +  Morocco, Algerie, Tunisia & Egypt. There is also recorded breedings in Southern France. 

The pictures are shot in Spain early May. The situation was the location of a nest, but since I don`t do nest photography, we were lucky to have the bird`s favorite perch where the male used to deliver food to the female to bring to the nest, where he used to enjoy his own meals and where he regularly did his "plumage makeover". As you can see all pictures are from this perch. I spent 12 hours in a nearby "hay-ball" with camera in quiet mode shooting only one-by-one shots (no rapid series exposures !) and with a fleece jacket wrapped around the camera to reduce camera noise. I did not dare to move my lens so flight shots were impossible.

A warm thank you to Dario Mesonero-Romanos & Jose David Gomez !


The female arrives to the perch to collect a mouse from the male
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 800 


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1250


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 450


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1000


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1000


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 640


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1250


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 720


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 900