Double-crested Cormorants in Montreal’s Nature Parks

New images and video Updated 10-06-2013 The Double-crested Cormorants is not a rare sight in and around the island of Montreal. There’s plenty of shoreline and habitat for these birds to strive as they migrate through the area or stay for the nesting period. You can observe these wonderful birds from May through October. They can often be found on rocks along rapids or inland within large well stocked ponds and lakes. The Double-crested Cormorants is found in greater numbers were the water flows more rapidly and rocks provide shelter away from the shoreline. The Montreal Back River (Rivieres des Prairies) and Parc du Centenaire in Dollard-des-Ormeaux are two great local spots to observe these wonderful birds. Unfortunately for the photographer the Back River population is too distant for photography.  Parc du Centenaire in Dollard-des-Ormeaux offers a closer look but in a less natural environment as they spend all day on wooden platforms. Parc des Rapides Continue reading

Killdeer Photos added to the Gallery

This week I had the pleasure to come across a whole bevy of Killdeer and a few different Sanderling on the outskirts of Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve right here in Socal! Although the mid-day light was harsh and less favorable I had an absolute blast photographing these birds for a couple of hours. Like all good things the opportunity came to an end when one of the Killdeers took panic and the whole lot evacuated. Keep an eye on my Plover Photo Gallery: http://www.trolettiphoto.com/wildlife_photography_birds_plover_pluvier_charadriidae_limicoles as I’ll be posting a few more photos in the coming week. Don’t forget you can keep track of all the posted images by following my TWITTER, FACEBOOK and GOOGLE+ Help ease the hardships of a Leukemia stricken family by purchasing the 2015 photochallenge.org Calendar Click on the image of the PhotoChallenge.org 2015 Calendar to PURCHASE

Spotted Sandpiper – Added to the Photo Gallery

Just added to the Photo Gallery: A Spotted Sandpiper on the run along the river jumping from rock to rock… More Bird Photography: http://www.trolettiphoto.com/birds-oiseaux-photo-galleries   Help ease the hardships of a Leukemia stricken family by purchasing the 2015 photochallenge.org Calendar Click on the image of the PhotoChallenge.org 2015 Calendar to PURCHASE

One Month After Earth Day Montreal is Still an Environmental Tragedy

A few years back I was appalled by Montrealers who carelessly threw their trash all over the city streets. Even more appalling was how they brought that same behavior into the surrounding Nature Parks. Coming from California this was a total culture shock. At the Time I decided to document the over abundant accumulation of trash on the banks of Montreal’s Back River (Rivières des Prairies) along the Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park. With a bit of pressure from my videos and pictures it appeared that the overall problem was at least being addressed by park and city officials. Time Warp to 2012, 12 days after Earth Day 2012 (Aprill 22) and what I witnessed was even more shocking. On Friday May 4, 2012 I found myself in Montreal. It was a cloudy day that didn’t inspire me much as far as photography was concerned. I decided to go for walk and Continue reading

The Call of the American Bittern (VIDEO)

The American Bittern is an elusive and timid bird that is rarely seen in proximity of humans. They are also experts at camouflage in marshes and wetlands regardless of their larger size. The only thing that will give away the presence of this medium sized member of the Heron family is its distinctive bellowing call. Almost everyone who visits marshes as part of a nature walk during the mating season is sure to hear this low billowy sound engulf the marsh. At first not everyone identifies the sound but once you know it you won’t forget it! Yesterday I took the time to visit a Marsh encompassed in a large natural preserve, a Nature Park! I hadn’t been to this particular Marsh in nearly a year and wanted to investigate the early spring arrivals. To my surprise both the female and male American Bittern had been active for most of Continue reading

The sky is falling!

Photographing a Canada Goose can get very mundane for a wildlife photographer. By the end of Spring the abundant numbers of these large and vocal birds make photography less than challenging. We can however not resist the temptation as we get excited to see them arrive early Spring year after year. Although I try hard not to publish too many photos of Canada Geese, I found this one way too amusing to keep for myself. MORE CANADA GOOSE PHOTOS ON WWW.TROLETTIPHOTO.COM I observed her on her nest staring into the heavens with what seemed to be a look of worry. The Chicken Little story, claiming the Sky is falling, immediately came to mind. When I proofed my photos the result was better than I had expected. I quickly searched for the phrase “The Sky is Falling” and found plenty of renditions of the old fable including a little fact I Continue reading

Backlit Photography – The Translucent Feathers of Birds

Ring-billed Gull In-Flight – Backlit With the advent of Digital Photography there seems to be a madness in Nature and Wildlife Photography to capture the perfect, flawless, tight cropped image. This is especially true in North America and greatly contrasts with our European counterparts. French photographers have a talent for capturing the essence of a natural scene. The wildlife subject immersed in it’s natural habitat. Oftentimes a dreamy Bokeh gives a surreal and gentle look to the overall composition. In North America you get the up close, no distracting element, count every feather/hair on the subject, with perfectly balanced light, image. With that said it’s a little easier to understand why we completely miss out on artisitic compositions, especially those with birds in flight. Bird photographers are notorious for beating themselves to the ground when they just don’t get that perfect shot. That’s why many of them have turned to iPods and other Continue reading

VIDEO: Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk Feeding

Here’s Clip of a Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk Feeding on a tree days after leaving the nest. I was testing out the ability to capture video using my Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-300 VR and a 2X Doubler on the lens to give me the equivalent of a 900mm lens. The TC I used is the Kenko N-AFs 2x Teleplus Pro 300. I chose this TC in the past as it gave me HQ comparable to the older Nikon 2X TC while supporting all the AFS and VR connections. Autofocus is naturally almost non functional at 300mm especially in low light situations. The Kenko TC also had the advantage of mounting on almost any Nikon lens while the Nikon TC-II has limited compatibility. As you may know the 70-300 VR is a good lens for the money but not a fantastic lens. The image quality is still passable for video and the Continue reading

Welsh onion about to flower…

Welsh onion about to flower… / Ciboule s’apprêtant à fleurir… – by Steve Troletti There’s more than just flowers at the Montreal Botanical Garden! The Economic Plant Garden displays plants for either their nutritional value or their fibres used in making cloth. A large part of this garden is dedicated to education versus the visual impact of ornamental plants. This doesn’t mean nature still doesn’t have something pretty to show us. This Welsh Onion is the perfect example. It first creates a round bulb at the upper part of the plant. This bulb dries up and slowly reveals a large spherical flower. I found this in-between stage to be visually stimulating. This year’s poor North American Weather created a photographic challenge with this plant. Waiting for a nice clear day with no wind is just not an option. I was faced with variably cloudy weather and variable wind gusts as Continue reading

The Boulder / Le monolithe – IR

The Boulder / Le monolithe – IR – by Steve Troletti As you make your way to the southwest entrance of the Chinese Garden, at the Montreal Botanical Garden you will notice what appears to be a large Bonsai Tree alongside a large Boulder. It’s an artistic representation of one of the three elements represented in the Chinese Garden, “STONES”. The three elements being “WATER”, “STONES” and “PLANTS”. I chose to capture this exhibit in infrared illuminated by the morning sun. This angle well lit in the morning is in my opinion one of the best views giving the viewer an ensemble of the entire display, not only the “STONES”. The infrared setup consisted of a Nikon D60 mounted on a Manfrotto 055XPROb at around two feet off the ground. I used the Nikkor 18-55 VR kit lens which is a remarkable performer when it comes to IR work giving Continue reading