Sunday, October 24, 2021

Testing A New Camera

My sister-in-law sent some photos the other day. She bought a new camera and has been experimenting with it. So she and my twin brother went to Point Lobos to take some photos. Here is what the California Parks website says about Point Lobos:

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System". Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years.

Kim's photos were so beautiful I just had to share them here. 



 




The birds in this photo reminded me so much of a bird I had photographed out at the marsh a few weeks ago. I couldn't ID it, and I didn't think about it until Kim wrote that these were Peregrine Falcons. I was so surprised. I think this is a Peregrine Falcon perched on the very tall electrical transmission towers at the marsh. 

I haven't ever photographed a Peregrine Falcon before. I was so glad my brother and sister-in-law went to Point Lobos to test out that new camera. I love seeing new birds. I think I may have to buy a new camera just like Kim's.



34 comments:

  1. I'm glad you shared those photos. It certainly looks like a Peregrine to me. In the UK they suffered a catastrophic decline in numbers when farmers were using DDT, small amounts of the chemical derived from their prey caused their eggs to have soft shells. In my younger days they were rare birds indeed, but since then their numbers have increased and they've begun nesting in all kinds of odd places, particularly on cathedrals, where they find an easy living preying on the urban pigeons.

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    1. John-- I love knowing that the Peregrine Falcon has made such a good comeback there. That's a wonderful survival story. Yay!!

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  2. What a beautiful place and photos. How awesome to identify the falcon. And amazing how well they live among us.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Point Lobos is really so beautiful. It's on the central coast of California. It was a delight to know that Michael and Kim saw a Peregrine there and we saw one here.

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  3. What a joy to be up early and to see Kim's photos of Point Lobos and the photos of the Peregrine Falcons at the beginning of my day. It's been a long since I've been to the ocean but looking at those photos brings the ocean to mind and heart in a way that feels as if I there. Gracias!

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    1. am-- You remind me that we really should head out to the ocean more often. We tend to just walk out our front door and go for our walks. If we would take a 15 minute drive we'd be listening to that roaring sea. So glad you liked the photos!

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  4. These pictures are so clear and detailed!! I would love to know what camera your SIL just purchased. I've been thinking of purchasing another camera. Thanks for any information you may have.

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    1. Angie-- The camera my SIL bought is a Panasonic DC-ZS70. I have an older Panasonic DMC-FZ70. They take very good photos. It has auto-focus and 60X optical zoom. I'm thinking about a new one, so may take a look at this.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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    2. Thank you so much for the information! I am definitely going to check it out. :)

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    3. I just went and bought it! :D Now to wait for it to come...

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    4. Angie-- That is so cool. I'm thinking about buying one as well. Please stop by again and comment here to let me know how you like it. Thank you for keeping me posted Much appreciated. (How did you find the blog? I thank you for commenting.)

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    5. I've followed and read your blog for YEARS, I just rarely comment. :) My camera should arrive on Wednesday. :D

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    6. Angie-- Your comment made us so happy. Thank you for that. I'm looking forward to hearing about your camera. Please feel free to email me. Have fun!
      robin.andrea13@gmail.com

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    7. Thank you. I will keep you updated. :)

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  5. Wonderful shots. Are those baby seals in the seaweed?

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    1. Patti-- Glad you liked the photos. I think these are harbor seals. We see them when we drive up to the mouth of the Mad River. They lounge at the shoreline like this.

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  6. it does look like the same bird in your photo. that's a great shot of the pelican. not the pelican per se but the blue water and the rocks and the bird.

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    1. ellen-- That is a beautiful photo of the pelican and the rock and blue water. It captures the coast of California so well.

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  7. One of the great things about a new camera is that it gets you out looking for things and you see things that you usually missed.

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    1. Red-- Yes, a new camera can be very inspiring. I can't wait to get one!

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  8. Great photos! What kind of camera did she get? My stepmother wants a new camera and she's looking for recommendations.

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    1. Steve-- She bought a Panasonic DC-ZS70. I've been thinking (for such a LONG time) about buy a new camera. Mine is a Panasonic DMC-Fz70. It has great 60X optical zoom and auto-focus. But I think it's time for something new.

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  9. I wanted to wade right into the water in that second photo!

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    1. 37paddington-- It does pull you right in, doesn't it. Ah, the pleasures of the sea.

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  10. You really have a talented family when it comes to photography! You (and your sister-in-law) always have something interesting for me to see! Lovely!

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    1. EllenD-- We love to send each other photos and be reminded of the beauty of our planet.

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  11. Beautiful photos. I think a new camera is always a special treat.

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    1. Colette-- I just wish I could decide which new camera to buy. There are so many choices.

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  12. That new camera definitely takes good photos, not to mention the photographer.

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    1. Catalyst-- Yes, nice new camera and a fine photographer.

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  13. I've been thinking about getting a new, better camera. These photos are wonderful. It might be time for me to upgrade... 🤔

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    1. Ally-- I've been thinking about it too. I just can't seem to make a commitment yet about what to get.

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  14. I love her photos! Thank you for posting them. Very enjoyable!🥰

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    1. oldwhitelady-- So glad you liked her photos. I'm still thinking about buying that camera.

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