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Scott Gilbertson
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Semi-reclusive family-man, life-long computer programmer, wannabe wildlife photographer
Semi-reclusive family-man, life-long computer programmer, wannabe wildlife photographer

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In the continuing story of our local Green Herons, here's one on the nest, in a tree right beside the path. I took the photo from a respectful distance, of course. It's kind-of amazing how small the nest is for such a big bird, but somehow it will have enough room for 3-5 young ones as well.
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When an Indigo Bunting lands on my waterfall and attracts the attention of a passing Baltimore Oriole, it makes all the landscaping work worthwhile. It's only happened just this once. It was near dusk and cloudy, but for such a rare and nifty grouping I'm happy to have shot even this noisy ISO 6400 photo, taken through a window.
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I've seen Common Loons in my area before, but until now never managed to get a photo. They're usually too far away for my 300mm lens, but this one came in nice and close. The tricky part is that it was spending maybe 2-3 seconds at the surface between 2-3 minute dives. You gotta be quick.
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It looks like the local turtle restoration projects are having the desired effect. Sweeping around that little cove, I've seen up to about 20 at one time.
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Two Green Herons sittin' in a tree. He's got a stick, saying "Look at Me!". That was four days ago. Today somebody reported seeing a Green Heron nest near that same spot. Maybe we'll get to see some little fuzzballs this year.
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher living up to its name. The gnats don't really show up in the photo, but trust me, there's a swarm of them, and the bird is madly grabbing them out of the air.
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In May 2014 I ventured for the first time down a little path behind the local cemetery. Rounding the corner at the bottom of the path I immediately saw an Indigo Bunting, a bunch of Orioles and a Wilson's Warbler. I got photos of these three birds, none of which I had ever seen before (Wilson's Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager). I'd say that was a pretty good morning walk. The migration's going full blast now, so I'll have to get back down there and see what I can find.
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird dropping ballast. It's a first for me in two respects. I've never happened to capture that in a photo before, and this is far-and-away the latest we've ever seen a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at any of our feeders. Too bad she's only been coming when it's practically dark outside and I'm inside shooting through a window.
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When a mouse showed up in my mailbox one day, I thought it was some kind of rare fluke. When it happened again less than a month later, we figured it was time to get serious about making sure the mailbox is closed every time.

I can't imagine a mouse trying to nest in there, because surely they're not in the habit of jumping into places where they can't get out. Maybe a cat has been chasing the mice up my wall, and in the panic of the moment they hide in the mailbox.
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I seem to keep turning hobbies into job functions. In this case, I've been playing around with video production, and now I've had the opportunity to use those new skills at work. In this video, I'm the on-screen "talent", and I also did all the editing and graphics in Blender (using a CAD export from the industrial designer). The live parts were shot on my new Pentax K-3.

I'll be posting more videos on the company channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MantaTestSystemsInc), so if you want to follow what I'm doing, check it out and maybe subscribe to the channel. In the first video on the channel, I got to use my GoPro HERO3 for a "drive-by shooting" of a transformer station.

My comment about hobbies goes way, way back. I've been an electronics hobbyist since about age 10, and that turned into a product development job, with a gradual drift to mostly software development, which I've been doing for more than three decades.

I've been doing a lot of landscaping and gardening lately, but I think I'll keep those strictly as hobbies.
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