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I'd planned to be at one of [ profile] urbpan's nature walks this morning - even set my alarm and got up early but I was moving slowly...and just needed to relax and take my time so I didn't make it. As a consolation prize, I walked over to Spy Pond in the morning to try out my new camera.

tree with a face
Ok, not a critter, but I couldn't resist photographing this! I saw it while on my walk to the pond.

bird in tree

This bird was way up in a tree. My new camera definitely has a better zoom lens than the old one! I'm happy! I think it may be a black-capped chickadee but I could be wrong.

baby swan

I'd never seen a baby swan before! (They're called "cygnets" according to the internet. I looked it up.) That weird looking arm sticking out it's back...does anyone know if that's normal? I'm suspecting it is because I was watching the adult swans fluffing themselves up and it looked like they did so with the help of an appendage in their back, which would be hidden by the adult feathers. I haven't looked up that detail yet to see if I'm correct.

Another view of the baby swan.

Baby and mamma swan. :-)


According to one of the other people at the pond this morning, this is a very young mallard duck just starting to get his colors. So pretty!

A lady bug on a rock. I was just checking to see if the macro lens works. Apparently so, though the picture is a tiny bit fuzzy.

Date: 2008-06-29 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lovely photos. I think the gray bird is a gray catbird.

Date: 2008-06-30 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are correct about the bird identification! [ profile] urbpan who commented right below your comment even provided a link with more info about that particular bird. :-)

Date: 2008-06-29 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It looks like you had a nice nature walk any way! And that new camera is really working out for you; should bring you lots of fun.

Your songbird is a gray catbird ( The duck is a wild/domestic hybrid; One of his recent ancestors was a white farm duck. As to why the cygnet is swimming with its foot up like that, that's anyone's guess.

Date: 2008-06-30 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was very nice, though it would have been fun to be on your walk. I'm glad I got to see the photos anyway. Thank you for the bird identification. And how interesting about that duck! :-)

Date: 2008-06-30 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great photos! What kind of camera is it again?

The wing/foot coming out of its' side doesn't look normal. I wonder why it is that way...

Date: 2008-06-30 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My new camera is a Canon PowerShot A590IS. I chose it because it has more optical zoom than my previous canon, while also managing to be smaller and lighter in weight. Plus it has an optical viewfinder, which is important to me. (A feature that seems to be getting phased out of many of the cheaper digital cameras.) All that for a lot less money than I spent on my first digital camera 5 years ago!

Yes, the wing/foot on the cygnet looked a bit odd.

Date: 2008-06-30 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great pictures, especially the zoomed one of the gray bird. It's amazing, your camera even got the lichen on the tree!

I think that is the swan's leg, it looks to me like he is sort of listing to one side. Was he having a hard time swimming?

Date: 2008-06-30 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so excited about this camera's zoom capabilities! I didn't expect it to be that good, considering its price.

The swan seemed to be swimming just fine, despite its odd little leg.

Date: 2008-07-01 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love your camera. That does not look like any chickadee that I have ever seen... They normally have more white on them. To accent the "cap".
I have never seen a baby swan! I love your nature pics! Your camera is amazing!

Date: 2008-07-01 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're right - it's not a chickadee. It was identified correctly in the comments (by people who know much more about birds than me) as a "grey catbird."

Digital camera technology has come a long way since I bought my first one. And this cost about half of what I spent 5 years ago. Amazing!

Date: 2008-07-01 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kewl! i have never seen a Grey catbird before this.

I read it has a zoom feature. Very cool. Some of the newer cameras have lots of awesome special affects. This is really remarkable. I love gadgets! Especially techie ones. *grins*

Date: 2008-07-01 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My old camera had a zoom feature too, but this one has considerably more zoom.

I could have bought a camera with even more zoom than this one, in a similar price range, but it would have weighed more. I needed a camera that was as light weight as possible because I'm always in pain and the more I'm carrying the worse it is. So I was amazed this camera could do as much as it does. And I only really know and understand about 10% of its features. (I've looked through the entire manual but much of it doesn't mean much to me because I don't know much about cameras. ISO and aperature and all the rest of the terminology. :)

Date: 2008-07-01 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That makes total sense. I know the feeling. Some cameras are quite small and I would be afraid that I would drop it more because of the size. I have lots of pain in my hands so that is a constant concern of mine or so it seems at times.

You do not have to know everything all at once. As you use the camera little by little it would let you know how to work with it. I like the concept.

Date: 2008-07-01 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I opted NOT to buy one of the tiny cameras (though I would have loved one for its extreme light-weight), not because I'm afraid of dropping it, but because reviewers said it was harder to hold such a small camera still. The one I got has this nice ridge on it that helps me hold it. Plus I put on the wrist strap to further avoid dropping it.

Date: 2008-07-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I worry about the same things as you do. I did not even think about not being able to hold the camera steady.. I love cameras! You are a very talented photographer!


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