A Few Pics for the Weekend

A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) yawns and displays his canines at the North Carolina Zoo.

It’s the holiday weekend and time to take a break from all the serious issues we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

So, for this post I’ll just give you a few pics I took a few weeks back at the North Carolina Zoo. These guys seem to have the right attitude. They are chill’n out and making the best of their situation. It’s probably a boring life from their point of view, but on the other hand, there’s no leopards sneaking up on them in the dead of night either. (more…)

A Lucky Day Trip to the Zoo

 

Female Eclectus roratus

Once in awhile, you have a lucky day trip and catch some tropical color at the zoo. Getting an image you like is often about luck more than good management. Photography at the zoo is proof positive of that statement. You just never know what you’re going to get. (more…)

Big Cats – Inspiring Photo Subjects

Amur Tiger

Big cats represent primal forces. When you see one, even if it’s captive, the human response comes from deep inside the most primitive parts of our brain. Our alertness level perks right up. Instinctively, you sense something powerful and dangerous is nearby. Your DNA knows which one of you is more likely to be having the other for dinner, and not as a guest. (more…)

In Memoriam Dudley, an amazing Great Horned Owl

Dudley, a Great Horned Owl

It’s a cold, rainy day today, the middle of November, a time when the summer is past. I just received an email from the Carolina Raptor Center that Dudley, a Great Horned Owl and long time resident has passed away. I guess the timing is appropriate, since Dudley was a joy to a many visitors and supporters of the Carolina Raptor Center. (more…)

Raptor Photography at the Carolina Raptor Center

Portrait of an American Bald Eagle

Today’s post is about Raptors, or more specifically, about Raptor Photography at the Carolina Raptor Center.

Raptor Photography is all about predators, strong, fearsome and solitary hunters.  For wildlife photographers interested in this specialty, the Carolina Raptor Center is heaven on earth. They host two events each year, one in the spring, another in the fall, usually October.  They two events each year, one in the spring, another in the fall, usually October. (more…)

A Few Notes on Songbird Photography

Northern Cardinal

Songbird photography is one of my favorite pastimes. It has everything a serious amateur could ask for. You don’t have to travel far to get good shots. It doesn’t require hyper expensive equipment. And a big bonus is that a lot of people are fascinated by bird photography. (more…)