The Pterodactyl On The Tangle Heart Tree

On the 29th day of January, the Owls said to me: “Look! There’s a Pterodactyl on the Tangle Heart Tree.” I turned around and sure enough, the Pterodactyl was perched on the Tangle Heart Tree.

The Pterodactyl flew off into the sunset.

I checked out the cranes grazing on the east bank of the Rio Grande.

After the clouds cleared the half-moon hung in the sky.

54 thoughts on “The Pterodactyl On The Tangle Heart Tree

  1. I love your conversations with the owls, and the series of photos. Your wanderings through the bosque and reports from the critters bring a sense of everything is right in the world. Keep them coming!

    What magnification factor did you use for the moon shot? Did you take that through a telescope?

    • Hi Lavinia. No telescope. It’s a 400mm ƒ/4 lens that is equivalent to a 640mm lens on my Canon 7D MkII body. All the closeup shots of the GBH, the owls, canes, and the moon are taken with that lens. All handheld after sunset.

      I finally bought a big telephoto lens. I had been considering the 100-400mm zoom, but it’s ƒ/4.5-5.6. Since I do so much of my wildlife photography in low light, I wanted a faster lens. I looked seriously at the 400mm ƒ/2.8 and the 300mm ƒ/2.8, but the 400mm ƒ/2.8 weighs 12 pounds, and the 300mm ƒ/2.8 weighs almost 6 pounds. I compromised with the 400mm ƒ/4 DO, which is refractive. It’s in the same body as the 300mm ƒ/2.8, but it only weighs 4 pounds. I can handle it easily without a tripod and it’s fast enough to do quite well in low light. It’s razor-sharp as you can see from the owls, GBH, cranes, and moon.

  2. Let’s hope a pterodactyl in the tangle heart tree is a good luck sign. The picture of the bird from below is quite surprising. I would not have guessed the eyes were where they are.

  3. Oh… besides a story, I plan on using the recent vintage shot you sent me of Resa’s tree, both in a story, and when I do your dedicated Art Gown post.

  4. Wow that moon pic is just…….spectacular….
    And those birdie pics…..gorgeous…
    One angry looking intimidating fella he is😉🤭🦉

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