Shooting from a blind or in the wild…….


I am a bit late with my first post of the year.  Not any huge reason for it, just a few scattered things that took up much of my time.  Of course, I could blame part of it on the weather which at times, has been a bit nasty.  Then there was a problem, not finished, that I am replacing my two front teeth with a bridge.  They had broken off and at first it looked that they would be extracted.  Then the dentist said they could be saved with a bridge.  So that was the option I decided on.  He did a root canal on each of them to start things.  Then there was the two-week healing time.  Then I went back last week to get ‘fitted’ for the new bridge.  Again, I am waiting for it to be finished, and finially on February 13, I will have a new shining smile.

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Great Horned Owl

So during that time, with those delays and the weather, I didn’t get out much.  However, on other projects, my calendar went well.  I still have a few left if anybody is interested.  Just contact me in the comments for more information.

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Cooper’s Hawk

I read an interesting post by a fellow nature photographer Jim Miller.  He frequents the various blinds and photo ranches around the state.  You can click here to read it.  If you like to photograph from bird blinds you will find it informative.  Personally, I don’t use blinds very often.  I prefer to get out in the wild and hunt down my photo opportunities.  I find it more fun and challenging.  The downside of photo blinds is you get so many photos that are repetitive, as the different birds resting on the same tree stump, etc.  But they do make nice posed portraits.  Also, there is the danger of including seed and feeders in the shots.  However, the better organized photo ranches try to avoid having that sort of thing in the camera’s line of sight.

Then there is the price.  It can cost anywhere from 150.00 and up to spend any time at those photo ranches.  Of course, there are perks. Comfortable chairs in a comfortable environment.  Well placed perches and seeds to lure the birds to the area.  You just have to sit back and wait for the birds to arrive.

Here in San Angelo there is a blind at the state park.  No cost to use it.  I use it on occasion, perhaps once in a two-month period.  It is decent and attracts birds.  However on that note, there are birds that are not attracted to bird blinds, simply because they are not seed eaters.  Examples are hawks, owls, flycatchers.  But even they, will occasionally make an appearance because of the water feature.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

All of the photos in this post are captured in the wild.  In fact, about 95% of the photos I have posted here over the years have been taken in the wild.  I travel the parks and back roads of west Texas, in my quest for wildlife photos.  I use my Ford Escape as a mobile blind, shooting from the window.  I use a SafariPack bean bag for stabilization by draping it over the window sill.  My set-up of choice is a Canon 7D Mark II with a Tamron 150-600mm Gen 2 zoom lens.

Here are a few more images from the past few weeks.  As I mentioned above, all photographed in the wild.

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Belted Kingfisher

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Northern Bobwhite

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American Kestrel

So, it doesn’t matter what your preference is.  Photographing from a blind, or doing as I do, prowling the wild.  It is the the final outcome that is important.  Whatever you enjoy doing the most.  I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos.  Until the next time……..

Happy Birding or Happy Shooting to all!!!

 

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19 thoughts on “Shooting from a blind or in the wild…….

  1. Absolutely beautiful Bob! I can’t help but to linger and stare at the details captured through your lens. I love bird watching and I’ve always wanted a camera powerful enough to capture images of these beloved creatures. When I’m out walking I see some magnificent creatures going about their daily lives, and I quietly grab my iPhone 7 and take a picture. And as every time before, the pictures never capture what I see–they are never as beautiful as the naked eye. But sir, your photos are remarkable. They bring about an emotion from within me that makes me so grateful that I can visually see the beauty captured by your camera. Thank you for sharing these images. Thank you for blessing us with your gift, with your amazing eye, with your patience to capture a moment that so many people take for granted. Thank you Bob!

    • Hi Natasha, I don’t know how you managed to stumble on to my blog, but I am glad that you did. Thank you for taking time from your busy day, to write this glowing compliment. I appreciate it very much. I am happy that I can bring joy to you with my photography.

      • Hi Bob! You were in my WordPress feed, and I saw your images and I just had to see what your blog was all about, so I walked through the “door”. Thank you for having me. I look forward to an enjoyable experience!

        • Hi, Natasha, now that you are in the “door”, feel free to look around. Check out the various ‘buttons’ at the top: About Me, My Gallery, Zakaty Sax Man, etc. Fun links that I think you will enjoy. It is time for me to write another post, too, so watch for it in a day or two. Loved your photos in your won blog, too.

  2. Love the light and markings on the Bobwhite, is it related to the Hungarian Partridge? Lovely images of the great Horned Owl and the Red-tailed Hawk which are my favourites. I have been to blinds at parks and am grateful for them, when they are close enough to the birds. The walks getting there do me good, as well. I am glad your dentist saved your teeth on time, unfortunately I had a crack which widened and got infected then I had to have the tooth extracted. Part of getting older, luckily it wasn’t right in the front. Happy shooting!

  3. Interesting discussion Bob. In the U.K. we have similar set ups called photographic hides which have certainly helped me to get some of my best shots. However, I personally find this less satisfying and less fulfilling, as I enjoy the process of exploring the great outdoors as much as I do the photography. The other issue with paid hides is that it’s not particularly great knowing that you’ve got the same shots as the 4 other people sat next to you. Incidentally, you’ve got some great results with the Tamron zoom which I’ve been considering getting for some time.

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