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.
54 thoughts on “The Pterodactyl On The Tangle Heart Tree”
Any other dinos other than the pteros?
Not a one. Thanks, David.
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.
Most of my old photography was through a microscope, the latest through a point and shoot lens. So much to learn!
Great captures. Love the fourth and sixth from the bottom and the moon shoot especially.
These are amazing, and I love the moon phases you’ve been including. Which species is that ‘pterodactyl’?
Hi Mary Jo. The Pter is a Great Blue Heron.
Thanks! Didn’t recognize it all scrunched up like that or actually in a tree! I’ve only seen them wading. Groovy.
Our GBHs like to perch in the top of the cottonwoods. They are wading in the river and ditches when they are not in the trees.
Fantastic shots, Timothy
A prehistoricalness about today’s selection, Tim.
The heron looks a bit strange because of its attitude, no wonder the owls saw a Pteredactyl in it 🙂
Nice shots Timothy.
Pterodactyl and half Moon… sigh. Gorgeous images, my friend! 🙂
Oh these are absolutely beautiful.
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.
Thanks, Susan. It’s very good luck.
Amazing photos, Tim! I think I’m going to sketch that 3rd one, such an interesting bird!
Thanks, Tiffany. I’d like to see what you come up with.
Your findings and imagination and delightful photos were a joy for me, Timothy, thank you. I’m still smiling….
Wowza! I always enjoy taking walks in the Bosque with you both.
A whole new world of images is now yours with that new lens. Great moon shot!
It is. Thanks, Teri.
The Pterodactyl in the Tangle Heart is for a story!!
Fab shots, Tim!
And a song. Thanks, Resa.
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.
You always make good use of the tree photos.
Wow that moon pic is just…….spectacular….
And those birdie pics…..gorgeous…
One angry looking intimidating fella he is😉🤭🦉
He’s just a bit annoyed. Thanks, Ruelha.
He didn’t want to be photographed, maybe.😉😅😜
It’s hard to tell what’s annoying them.
Just kidding…..maybe he’s a poser…and that’s the look he was going for….
Still better than my psycho-bewildered-conflicted one 🙃😜😅
That may be the owls look of psycho, bewildered and conflicted.
Hmm….you’re right Tim, maybe…..🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
You get the best bird shots Tim .. I think I need a new camera 🙂!!
You make very beautiful photos. But you need a long lens to be bird friendly. Thanks, Julie.