Different Cameras, Different Photos – Really

Cordelia's Mom, Still

It’s that time again – time for Cordelia’s Mom’s photography lesson!

‘Cause you all know how qualified I am to advise anyone else on photography.


I suppose a really good photographer could use one camera for everything and would have enough knowledge to tweak the settings so as to get the perfect picture every time.  But I’m not that photographer.

As an experiment, I took both cameras to Walton Woods Park in Amherst, New York to see how they would each work on the same day at the same time in the same light, and with pretty much the same settings.  I guess my future photography will depend on whether I want a blue-tinged picture or a green-tinged one, ’cause playing around with the white balance on either camera isn’t doing it.

The cameras in question are my newer Nikon Coolpix  B700 and my really old Olympus Stylus.


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Hawk Eyes

Cordelia's Mom, Still

What a gorgeous day we had today – finally.  No rain, nice breeze, 88 degrees F in the sun.  It was a day just begging me to take some photos.

After my regular trip to the Audubon Library Branch, I strolled into Walton Woods Park.  Immediately upon stepping on the paved pathway, I decided to look up just in case there was a squirrel or something.  Imagine my surprise when I spied this guy sitting in all his glory:

Sigh.  Why did I not buy a tripod at some point?  Do you have any idea how hard it is to hold a good-sized camera still while pointing at a bird sitting about 30 feet above you?  Do you know how difficult it is to get a really clear picture centered into that 3-inch camera screen?  I totally failed at that; maybe I cut off the bird’s tail, but…

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Silly Geese

Cordelia's Mom, Still

Why did the geese cross the road? Because the sign said to.

It had already been a goofy week.

After the work-day tree cutting adventure, during which everyone in my office building was trapped inside due to the fact that both driveways were blocked by tree service vehicles, I was looking forward to my Friday off.

Sure, I was scheduled for my Remicade treatment, but I always sleep through that, and I really needed a good nap.  Getting there turned out to be a mini-adventure.  It’s nearly summer, in Buffalo, where there’s only a tiny window of time appropriate for — road construction.

Gotta fix those potholes, repave those streets.  Just another minor annoyance to be dealt with.

The parking lot at the medical center was being repaved, and with only one entrance in and out, it was a bit tricky weaving around to the back.  Just one more…

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The Lazy Photographer

Cordelia's Mom, Still

My intentions are always good.

Every day I plan to walk on my lunch hour and perhaps take some photos, but every day I get lazy and simply eat at my desk instead:

At least I have a door I can shut while I read and eat.

Today is my day off.  When I took Puppy Cody out at 6 am, it was foggy, but the temperature was comfortable.  What a perfect morning to drive somewhere with my camera!

But I’m lazy.  And the fog dissipated.  And I didn’t feel like going anywhere that early.

So I sat down to eat breakfast.

And noticed the hollowed out tree next to my dining room window.  I knew there was a nest in that hole because I had seen birds going in and out.

Well, I’m not too lazy to open a window, and balance my zoom lens camera on the window…

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Cordelia's Mom, Still

The good new is – the snow seems to have stopped finally.

The bad news is – it’s been raining on and off ever since, with only an occasional warm spring day thrown in just to tease us.  At my house, we plan to put the annual plants in tomorrow, with help from our daughter who “loves to play in the dirt” (in her own words).  Hopefully, the forecast will be correct that it will be a sunny day, although a little coolish in the low-50s (Fahrenheit).

With optimism in my heart, I went out and purchased the plants and the mulch.  We’ll see what happens.

Prior to that, however, I made my usual Friday rounds:  first, the library to get my books for the week, then a stroll through Walton Woods Park.

Did I mention that it’s been raining?  The benches were all either unreachable due…

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Beautiful but a Wee Bit Annoying

Cordelia's Mom, Still

Puppy Cody had just finished her nightly business in the back yard, and I left hubby to bring her in while I went back to the house.  A few minutes later, hubby came in, exclaiming, “You just missed it!  There’s a huge orange moon out there.”

Say what?  An orange moon?

Well, I’m notorious for never having my camera at the right time and missing too many unique shots.  By gummy, this time I was going to get that photo!

So, I ran  out with camera in hand.

In my indoor shoes.

Forgetting that it’s been raining for weeks, and the back yard is a swamp.

My indoor shoes have now become outdoor shoes.

Good thing I just bought several more pair (hey, I learned long ago – if the shoe fits, buy several pairs in different colors).

But at least I got the photo:

Hope my misadventure…

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Delta Marsh IBA Blitz Results Roundup

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

On Saturday August 17th volunteers from the Manitoba IBA Program descended on Delta Marsh IBA for a shorebird blitz. The IBA split into 5 main sections, and groups covered as much of the area as possible during a morning of birding.


In Group A we had Cal and Gord. They covered the west side of the diversion all the way to Lynch’s Point. The most significant count of birds for this group was of 5000 Franklin’s Gulls heading north early in the morning. They had good numbers of Mallard, an estimated 800 primarily along the lakeshore off of Cram and Deep Creeks. The total of 17 species of shorebird was impressive, including 320 Least Sandpiper, 239 Semipalmated Sandpiper and 134 Lesser Yellowlegs. A Prairie Falcon was a significant bonus.

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Garry, Deanna and Rudolf took on Group B, an area from the east of the diversion to Delta Beach. They also…

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September IBA Contest Sponsored by Red River Coop

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

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September is a great month for raptor migration in Manitoba’s IBAs. You can also enter by submitting observations through our website at https://importantbirdareasmb.ca/submit-your-observations-comments/. At the end of the month we will do a draw of all eligible checklists for an opportunity to win a $50 gas card from Co-op, donated by Red River Co-op.

Augusts contest was won by Barbara and Phil Barnett for this checklist from Delta Marsh IBA – https://ebird.org/canada/view/checklist/S59381530.

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EXTENSION – Manitoba IBA Program and Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative Coordinator

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

We are extending the deadline for the recruitment process for the Manitoba IBA Program and Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative Coordinator.

The full job description is available to view on this site.

The new deadline will be midnight on Monday September 16th 2019.

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The Shorebird Blitz at Whitewater Lake, September 1st 2019

Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

On September 1st, the Manitoba IBA Program organised a blitz at the Whitewater Lake IBA. The intention was to count shorebirds, including the International Shorebird Survey (ISS) transect routes. Bonnie Chartier, one of our IBA Steering Committee members in Manitoba led the trip. Tim Poole, (still) the Manitoba IBA Coordinator gives a summary of proceedings.

Alas I was unable to get out for the Whitewater Lake IBA Blitz and it sounds as though I missed a good one! We had to postpone from the previous weekend due to some appalling weather. Seriously, there seemed to be a magnet for poor weather to overlap with IBA events in 2019. We have never had so many issues with weather before! Although it was a long weekend, 12 willing volunteers were able to get out and count the great birds of this IBA.

Each group was asked to cover an area, and two…

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