Two turkeys and a guinea fowl.

Taken at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY. The farm was known for its rare farm animals. However, when the farm was given back to Putnam County (which owns it) in 2014 the rare animals were sold and are no longer on the property. I believe there at still a number of “not so rare farm animals” on the farm. The above picture was taken in 2013 so these might well be rare turkeys and guinea fowl.

A new addition since 2014 is Tilly’s Table, a farm to table restaurant.

Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and Sigma E 30mm f2.8.

The Humble Sparrow

After walking our dog last Saturday I was sitting on the porch at Moonbean Cafe in Briarcliff Manor, NY having my usual coffee. I noticed a number of sparrows flitting in and out of the tables, no doubt searching for crumbs left by the diners. Having, nothing else to do I decided to try and get some pictures of them.

It turned out to be more difficult than I thought, exposing perhaps a few problem areas with my newly acquired Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6.

It was rather dark under the porch and the sparrows tended to stay for the most part at ground level where it even darker. Also they’re quick little buggers, rarely staying in one place for more than a second or so. A review of this lens on Ephotozine states: “Autofocus is pretty quick in single focus mode in good light, although it may struggle to keep up when attempting to track moving subjects or for focusing in dim lighting conditions.” I can certainly confirm this. The continuous autofocus was next to useless. Also because of the dark conditions I had to “up” the ISO to 1600 to get a decent shutter speed. This introduced a lot of noise into the image – too much for me to correct it in Lightroom.

I like to bracket pictures and with other cameras I use I’m accustomed to pressing the shutter release and having the camera take three shots in rapid succession (click, click, click). With the the GF-1 you have to keep pressing the shutter release and there’s a noticeable pause (click…click…click) between the shots.

Of course this is now a rather old camera (2009 vintage) and I’ve only used it once before, and with a different lens. So it’s likely that some of the problems I encountered were the result of my lack of familiarity with this camera/lens combination.

Taken with a newly acquired Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6.

Dog on a train

We were returning home from our latest jaunt to New York City when a woman boarded the train with her dog. They sat virtually opposite us. They’d clearly had a long day – or at least the dog had as he/she just wanted to lie down and sleep. The problem was that it was quite a large dog and the seats are rather small. He/she tried a variety of different positions but couldn’t seem to settle. Eventually he decided on this one with his/her head overhanging the edge of the seat.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Another Heron

On Saturday’s I often pass by the pond in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor while walking the dog. However, since catching the green heron fishing for tadpoles (See:Attempts at bird photography part II: Fishing for Tadpoles) I haven’t seen many birds. I have a theory that since they turned on the fountain (See:Film Camera 2019/4 – Olympus IS-3 – Results – Fifth picture) the birds have stopped coming.

However, this time the fountain was off. Still no birds, or so it seemed at first. On closer examination I came across this heron. Of course I was, as is often the case, woefully unprepared. The only camera I had with me was my Sony RX-100 M3 – not exactly the best camera for taking pictures of birds. Still, I gave it a try. Inevitably as I approached the bird flew off to the other side of the pond, but I was able to get a couple of shots before it did so.

I’m no expert on identifying herons, but this looks to me like an immature Great Blue Heron. I believe it is immature because it lacks the long orangish-yellow bill and black crown and head plumes of the adult. It also has the dark streaking on the neck, which is absent in the adult.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.