Monday in Nature May 9, 2016

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, May 9, 2016.

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    Good Morning,
    I'd like to take the opportunity here, in the Nature forum, to salute and celebrate long time photo.net member Stephen Penland. His passing was brought to light in a thread in Casual Photo Conversations.
    Many of you are familiar with Stephen from his participation in many of the forums here. His was a voice of reason. He was gracious, considerate, and gave insightful critiques. He was a wonderful nature photographer. He was a biologist and understood nature from an intellectual point of view. He was also incredibly sensitive to his environment, and his awareness comes across in his photography. His nature photography is elegant and is a source of inspiration. To those unfamiliar with Penlands work, please, take the time to visit his portfolio here on photo,net as well as his own site here.
    I was pleasantly surprised when Stephen left a comment on one of my snow flake photographs. I was honored then and now that I see he left the comment just a few months prior to his passing, they take on a special meaning.
    Please, if you care to, take the time and share any special memories you have of Stephens photography, or of the man himself. He will be missed, but his photography will endure, and through it, so will his memory. It's a special Monday in Nature, dedicated to Stephen Penland.
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  2. Hawk seen at White Rock Lake in Dallas.
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  3. Houstonia
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  4. Rufous Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufus)
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  5. Willet Gets A Morsel
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  6. Dinosaur like
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  7. Nature for me was mowing the yard and Mother's Day activities, so not much. Captured these pink wildflowers on a hike with the dog.
    Stephen Penland was not someone I came across in my p.net endeavors but I am glad he touched so many others. Always sad when a member passes on, but his photos speak volumes of the man.
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  8. Patrick, those are wild geraniums. They are lovely flowers that line trail sides around here. They don't seem to be too picky about soil and seem to grow equally well in good or poor conditions.
     
  9. Best scum day EVER out at the wetlands yesterday!
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  10. Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon)
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  11. Finally captured the moment a swallow-tailed kite takes a drink on the wing. From all the attempts I now understand how they achieve this without the benefit of a long beak. Unlike the black skimmer, the kites get wet; They come in feet trailing and wings high, the feet slows them down to almost a stall and then they pivot forward until the beak is in the water. Then with a powerful down thrust of the wings and a kick of the feet they take off leaving a trail of water drops falling from their wet undersides. Quite a spectacular show.
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  12. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) with breakfast.
    Nikon D750 with 200-500mm/f5.6 AF-S VR lens
    We witness the heron struggling with the fish for quite a while, but the fish was perhaps too big to swallow. Eventually the heron dropped the fish back into the water and flew away. Meanwhile, the fish had been pierced by the bill. Not sure it could survive with a punchered body.
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  13. Many wonderful photos thus far.
    My contribution for the week...
    Tri-colored Heron (17 March 2016, Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel Island, Florida)
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  14. The second nest of Anna's hummingbirds in my backyard had the babies fledge a few days ago. It appeared that mom was keeping the babies fueled up while they were learning to fly and find food.
    Nikon D800E , 70-300mm Tamron @ 300mm
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  15. bumblebee in flight between cherry blossoms.
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  16. Shun,
    The fish looks like it might be a catfish of some kind. If so, they have seriously sharp hooks on the ends of the pectoral fins. That may have been a factor in the struggle.
     
  17. Have a seat!
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  18. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Hi Laura, below is another image moments later, right before the heron dropped the fish back into the water. The heron was never able to manipulate the fish to open its bill to swallow. We were on a boat tour and where at that spot for a couple of minutes, but the heron already had the fish when we arrived.
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  19. [​IMG]I dug into my archives for this one.
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  20. Shun, wow, that's mouthful. No wonder the heron struggled. That fish is a gonner, that's for sure. It doesn't look like a catfish, but those fins are something.
     
  21. Red or Nodding Trillium
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  22. Our trilliums are white
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  23. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Sorry, I did not know Stephen Penland. Regardless I wish his family and friends my best as they work their way through his loss.
    I bringing this week forward my first decent image of a Blue-Winged Warbler. I make it a point each year to try and photograph at least one new species of warbler as they are very challenging birds to photograph; they are small, active, and many species are high up in the canopy. This year I have a special one, at least from my perspective.
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  24. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Rick,
    Wonderful image. Without a doubt my favorite bird to watch fly are Swallow-Tailed Kites, I've only seen them in Costa Rica. Amazing to learn that a bird that graceful in the air can be such a sloppy drinker!
    Much appreciate the image.
     
  25. I regret not knowing Stephen Penland and his work before. I hereby dedicate this Great White Pelican image to him.
    Weighing in at up to 33 lbs, the Great White Pelican is one of the heaviest airborne birds in the world. Although they live amongst the hundreds and thousands of pink flamingos that thrive on the algae supply at Lake Nukuru of Kenya, their food source is fish - naturally.
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  26. My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Penland. His portfolio here shows he was a talented and prolific photographer.
    Here is a detail of a Franciscan paintbrush.
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  27. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Laura, thanks for passing on the sad new about Stephen Penland. I wasn't familiar with him, but he did post quite a few times to this forum, although only once to Monday in Nature and without an image in that occasion.
     
  28. At the feeder
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  29. Shun, it's a goby of some sort. They have some pretty sharp spines on their dorsal and pectoral fins. maybe the heron didn't feel like dealing with them after all.
     
  30. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    My knowledge about fishes is quite limited. However, I have received comments on other forums that he fish the blue heron caught is a baby cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus):
    http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/fishes/cabezon
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  31. California Lilac for Stephen
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  32. The linked shot of the heron spearing the cabezon clearly demonstrates why, if you ever handle a live heron, follow these paramount rules first:
    1 - Protect your eyes with goggles or similar
    2 - control their head.
    Think of your eyes as that fish!
     
  33. Shun I agree, looks like the fish you mentioned.
     
  34. Unfortunately I haven’t known Stephen Penland and his works before. I visited his site now and found a lot of wonderful pictures. He seemed like a great artist and adventurer. Sorry to see him go.
    Today I have a colorful sunset over Lake George, Adirondacks, NY.
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  35. Great shots this week.
    Lily of the valley
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  36. Kinda late...was on Vashon Island all day....wrestling with my new lens and herons:>).
    Les
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  37. This 'Green Heron' was on it's way to grab some lunch, which he/she successfully did.
    Didn't know the gentleman who died, but a 'voice of reason' is always a welcome addition to any internet forum.
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  38. the look on that green heron's face makes me very glad I'm not a little fish!
     
  39. Like this one, Matthew:
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