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About zackiedawg

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    Boca Raton, Florida
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    Cruising, boating, driving, computers, hockey, photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Canada, Alaska

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  1. Another older photo I went back to try to retouch a bit - it was a more recent 5MP camera, but was cropped a bit and was noisy...still one of the more dramatic skies I've ever seen, with sunset at departure combined with huge supercell raincloud hovering over the volcanic mountain and rainforest of St. Lucia and a rainbow thrown in for a bonus:
  2. Well at the local wetlands spots, now is the time of babies. All the nesting birds that come down and gather in these small spots by the hundreds to lay their eggs together for safety have finally reaped their reward - lots of screaming chicks, hungry to be fed. This post will mostly concentrate on the various chicks and activities to keep them fed. Wood stork chicks: More wood storks, with parent watching over the nest: A female grackle, gathering as much food as she can stuff into her bill, to bring back to her nest and feed her young. She's g
  3. I dug up one of my very earliest digital photographs, taken back in early 2000, 21 years ago. It was shot on a floppy-disk camera, at original resolution of 640x480, 1/3" CCD sensor, heavy compression JPG. I played around with it using Gigapixel to see how much I could increase that tiny resolution - the sunset was spectacular, but early digital technology wasn't too spectacular yet, and my knowledge of computers and digital imagery was very low! Carnival ship pulling out of St. Thomas at dusk, 2000:
  4. Lovely grebe, Docker. More colorful than ours for sure. We generally only get one regular grebe down here, the pied-billed. Here's my weekend shoot out at the wetlands - slightly shorter day as it was brutally hot and I really hate the daylight savings hours (stays light far too late, so I can never shoot during the golden hour light anymore unless I stay until 8pm!). Red-winged blackbird mom feeding one of her chicks with a freshly caught dragonfly: And when mom is feeding another chick, cries of protest from the one not getting attention, or food:
  5. Guess what I did this weekend? Wrong! I went wildlife and bird shooting! Hah - no one could have guessed. 😉 Here are the weekend haul of birds and critters from the local wetlands on a lovely Saturday day: This eastern screech owl is a very difficult bird to spot - even when sitting just 6 feet away, I barely noticed this one after circling back thinking I caught a glimpse of something in my peripheral vision. It was on the back of a palm tree trying to nap for the afternoon, but peeked out at me as I was passing by: The pig frogs have been out in
  6. I did much the same as Oveido yesterday - beautiful weather, and the wetlands parks have been teeming lately, so I headed out to 3 different spots which are all within 15 minutes or so of each other. A purple martin sitting up on his house, being purple: The amazing, beautiful, glorious male wood duck with his full breeding plumage turned up to 11: A lesser yellowlegs on the shore: A red-shouldered hawk flying around and calling out: A five-lined skink: It was a nice day for catching the rare or el
  7. Nice to see the egrets nesting up by you Oveido...they're definitely actively nesting down here too, along with many other species. I'm not quite as slow getting around to sorting this past weekend's photos from the wetlands...so here are some from Sunday: Closeup of a red-shouldered hawk perched in a low pond apple tree: A great blue heron atop the nesting trees: A great egret showing off its full mating plumage - the green lores around the eyes and the peacock-like aigrette feathers all fanned out: The snowy egrets ar
  8. I got more delayed than usual in processing my shots from the Feb 27th weekend - working on a sorting project and backing up on older photos...I didn't get around to sorting through the shots until this past Saturday, 3/6/21. So here are some of the highlights of the wetlands action from last Saturday, Feb 27th: Male painted bunting staying in the shadows, feeding on the flowers along the trail - it's hard to hide though when you're this colorful: Another hiding bird, this time one hiding in plain sight, using good camouflage and staying very still...the Wilson's
  9. I strictly shoot with dedicated cameras, but whether I used cameras or a phone, I'd still keep my photos backed up as I like to have at least two copies around at all times in case something bad happened...lost phone (for those using phone), or lost memory cards/stolen camera/technical failure (for those using camera). I always have a portable laptop or tablet with me to check e-mails and such while on cruises, so I have a harddrive with me...I use that. Each day on the cruise, I upload the photos I took for the day onto the laptop, and leave them on the memory card. I prefer to use mul
  10. Definitely miss In N Out. Wish they'd expand to Florida! My weekend wetlands outing for this Saturday had some usual suspects, a few new suspects, and lots of nesting activity. An otter spotting me standing near the shore of the marsh (note here I'm at 324mm): And boldly coming right up to the shore, just 10-12 feet from me, to check me out closer (now I'm at 200mm): And then I got this rather strange display - it turned around, and wiggled its bum at me, tail flapping all around, before plunging back in the water: The
  11. Snow? What's that? Is it that white stuff? Hmmm, I think I remember such a thing many decades ago when I was young. 😉 Wetlands visit on Saturday, just to provide some contrast to the winter scenes - bright sun, humidity 80%, temperature 88 degrees: The pied-billed grebe chicks have hatched, and they want food!: A closeup look at a grebe chick, not begging for food: A male blue-winged teal showing off its wing colors that gave it the name, and still covered in drops of water after a bath: A male red-shouldered hawk,
  12. This past weekend was very very rainy and wet here in South Florida. We've had so much lovely, cooler weather through December and January, definitely our best, coolest winter in 10 years...but February so far has decided to bring back the tropics - temps in the upper 80s, near 100% humidity, and lots of rain and thunderstorms. Saturday was such a rainout that I didn't bother to try for the wetlands - but Sunday looked a little better - still grey and overcast, and threat of rain, but not constant...so I went out Sunday to the local wetlands to see what I'd find. I ended up getting rain
  13. Just after the sun hid below the horizon, at the local wetlands: To give an idea of how many birds roost in the wetlands for the night - every island of trees in the place was this full of ibis, cattle egret, and wood storks: Another sunset glimpse of the wetlands from late December - snapped this one with my phone:
  14. In general, there should be no problems leaving lithium batteries in cameras. There may be some cameras which can take a little extra draw even when turned off, so the batteries may go dead a little sooner than if they're out (not in all cases - depends on whether certain apps, or features such as wifi left on, cause some additional power-off draw). But it still should be a matter of months, not days. Cameras usually have a small internal battery to keep settings, clock, etc when no battery is in...this battery can occasionally die and a camera left without battery for months can need t
  15. Time for the weekend wetlands wildlife again down here in South Florida. Weather's been pleasantly cool, which has drawn a few more birds down this way, gotten all the reptiles out of the water to get some sun, and kicked off mating season for some species. Alligator closeup: A nesting pair of red-shouldered hawks has built a nest at the wetlands, and it looks like the female might be ready to drop some eggs soon: There are hundreds of black-bellied whistling ducks hanging out here now - and they love to go for a noisy fly-around at 5pm every day:
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