Category Archives: Birds

Meet Mr. Bobolink

I’d never seen a Bobolink before so I was pretty excited to get these pics. This is an adult male who was kind enough to give me several poses and even bend down so I could see the white markings on his back.   The Bobolink is the only American bird that is black underneath and white on the back.  They are extraordinary migrants, traveling thousands of miles each autumn.  Bobolinks are also one of the few songbirds that undergoes two complete molts each year.  Please click on the images to view them larger.






Snow Birds

I was out enjoying the fresh snow today and came upon several Robins having a good time snacking on berries.  They actually let me walk right up to them to within about 5 feet.  Here are a few of my favorites.  I was using my Nikon D300s with Nikon 300 mm f4 lens and Nikon 1.4X teleconverter, handheld. Hope you enjoy them!

DSC_4657 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_4681 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_4686 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_4690 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_4703 by Christopher L. Nelson.


Photo or Painting?

I’m sure every photographer has an image or two they thought was not quite good enough to post for one reason or another but just couldn’t get themselves to discard it. Well such is the case with this photo. This pic of a Canada goose I thought was just not sharp enough to post but liked it and I didn’t want to delete it.  I’ve recently seen other photographers using a painting effect on their photos and thought it was really cool.   So when I came across this Photoshop plugin which I learned about in Martin Belan’s (@MartinBelan) recent Blog post ( I thought I would try it.

Goose Flapping


Here is the result I got applying an oil painting effect to the photograph using Akvis Artwork plugin in Photoshop. 

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I think the final result was pretty good.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.