Eric Mesa | May 24, 2011
Cardinalis cardinalis is featured in today’s Top 200 Photo. photo #120 is: Danielle and I love cardinals. We love how bright red they are, their “masks”, their mohawks, and the way they hop around on the ground. The funniest thing about cardinals is that they try to act tough with the smaller birds, but the [...]
Eric Mesa | May 2, 2011
Once again to Chicago for this Top 200 Photo. photo #134 is: I now know this is a red-winged blackbird. At the time I just thought it was an awesome-looking bird that let me get really close to it for a photo. The most unsettling aspect of this photo is that the beak doesn’t hinge [...]
Eric Mesa | March 12, 2011
A bird in this Top 200 Photo. photo #168 is: This is one of my best bird photos both from a subject standpoint and a technical standpoint. Birds are exceptionally hard to photograph. All animals are hard as they’re more unpredictable than humans, but birds are exceptionally frantic. It’s probably partly because they have a [...]
Eric Mesa | February 12, 2010
It was busy at the bird feeders with all the new birds. This little guy was unable to find a spot to land. I don’t know what he didn’t like about the bottom peg.
Eric Mesa | February 10, 2010
In case you’ve been under a rock lately, Maryland, DC, and Virginia got rocked by a huge El Niño system over the weekend. It dumped over three feet of snow in my neighborhood and nearly three feet everywhere else. The birds weathered it pretty well. Well, it helps that I felt bad for them and [...]
Eric Mesa | February 9, 2010
Sometimes the simplest things in life give the best pleasure. I love watching animals do the things they do. I pass by this lake chock-full of geese every day on my way to work. They’re only there in the morning before they go out in search of food and whatever it is geese do during [...]
Eric Mesa | January 30, 2010
Here’s the calendar for February. Click on it to get the full size so you can make it your background. (edit: I noticed a bug in the way the calendar appeared and fixed it on 31 Jan 2010 so just download a new version, thanks!) For square screens: For wide screens:
Eric Mesa | January 28, 2010
This Northern Mockingbird is one of the many birds in my yard. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is about birds that fascinate Danielle and I, but we love to watch them cavorting around the yard and interacting with each other.
Eric Mesa | January 12, 2010
I was reading Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography books when he suggested making a background calendar to get my photos out there. A lot of people at work like to have these types of backgrounds and I follow another photographer/blogger that does the same. Here’s my January 2010 calendar. To make these your background, click on [...]
Eric Mesa | January 1, 2010
Another hard bird to photograph. The blue jays are in my yard even less often than the cardinals. And they run away at the slightest move by me. But, once again, patience paid off.
Eric Mesa | December 31, 2009
Dealing with the snow by being inactive as possible.
Eric Mesa | December 30, 2009
Ever since I put up the bird feeders (and even before that) I’ve been trying to get good shots of the cardinal. With my Sigma 120-400mm and some patience I was finally able to succeed. These guys are really skittish. If I come outside when I see them, they run away. So I need to [...]
Eric Mesa | November 26, 2009
This is from last weekend.
Eric Mesa | November 18, 2009
Eric Mesa | October 22, 2009
It’s been nearly a month since I put up the bird feeders in our house and I have been enjoying them nearly every day since then. In fact, the only negative has been the cost of bird food. But, as my mother-in-law put it, I get the benefits of having birds without the hassle of [...]