Snow Geese at Green Pond Marsh

Green Pond Marsh, a small wetland (about 20 acres) in Bethlehem Township, PA is an Audubon Society IBA (Important Bird Area) where over 180 species of birds have been sighted.

The flooded fields of Green Pond Marsh is located on Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County is one of the best areas for wetland birds in the Lehigh Valley. This area has been attracting birds since the 1970’s. Wet areas such as this provide important resting and feeding stops for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other species.

Green Pond Marsh has attracted over 20 species of migratory waterfowl.

 

 

What’s in Bob’s bag?

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
  • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
  • M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
  • Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
  • Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
 

 

Photographing Backyard Birds

This is the first in a series for backyard bird photography.

The first part of this blog is about how to attract birds to your backyard.  First thing is to build or purchase a bird feeders.  I’m going to show you how to build feeders branches from your trees.  This will  give you a natural setting to place you feed.

To be successful with bird photography you need to some advanced planning. To start you need a feeder to attract the birds. I build my own feeders using natural materials. 

Building Feeders

Plan your feeder to make it look natural. I build them out of drop off wood from my trees.

When you place your feeder keep in mind the angle of the sun and other elements that could cause shadows. Also watch your background, be sure you are not seeing your neighbors house or car.

I have several anchor so I can move the feeders depending on the time of the year.

My anchors are made of one inch black pipe set in cement three feet long placed into the ground 2 feet.

I use Olympus Micro Four Thirds system and the Four Thirds system,, mostly the OM-D EM-1, EM-5 Mark II and now the newest model the OM-D EM-1 Mark II..

  • Olympus OM-D/E-M1
  • Olympus OM-D/E-M1 Mark II
  • OM-D EM-5 Mark II
  • Four Third Lens
    • 50-200mm
    • 75-300mm
    • 1.4 Extender
    • Adapter for Micro Third Lens
  • Micro Third Lens
    • 40-150mm f:2.8
    • 300 mm f:4
    • 1.4 Extender

Hoover Mason Trestle Re-visited

The Hoover Mason Trestle in the evening.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle at Sunset

Moon rise at the Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hoover Mason Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum,  community recreation resource and attraction.  The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.

The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015