Hi, I'm Michael Hurder!

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DelValle - 2019
I made the trip here for many shoots at my favorite hometown locale, DelValle Regional Park. I have never tired of capturing this gorgeous location for its raw beauty, it's wildlife and the contrasts.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
DelValle 2020
The year 2020 started out with much promise...Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks, Waterfowl, oh the prospects were huge. I got a couple of months in before Covid-19 hit and that was that for the fun end of DelValle. I could still get into the dam end, but that's not were the Eagles were, or any of them. C'est la vie!
2020
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 / SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, 150-600 G2 Canon & Nikon - SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC, 1.4xTC
DelValle 2021
This is a new year, and I'm raring to go. The West side of the park is still closed, so I can't get to the area where I can view or capture the Eagle's nest. Hoping this condition changes and soon.
2021
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, 70-200 G2 - SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2, SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC G2
Holdener Park - 2019
With so many great places to hike and shoot here in Livermore, I often forget about the obscure, out of the way parks, like this gem, Holdener Park. Nestled in between Sycamore Grove and DelValle, and situated on just 55 acres, this place is one of the girls favorite places to frolic. There are seldom many people and they can go hog wild chasing each other and pretending to catch a squirrel or two. 😉 The scenery is nothing to bark at either. I love the views of Livermore, the vineyards, Mount Diablo, Brushy peak and all the other hills. Especially in March when it's all so verdantly green. The girls often have to stop and wait for me. In one shot, Shea is looking down at me as if to say, "Come on Popi. It ain't that steep." In another they have raced down a hill that I'm debating whether or not I should sit and slide the rest of the way down the slope. 😮 The White Tailed Kite we ran into was hunting. I've caught them hovering so many times and yet I've never seen one make a kill. Not that I'm bloodthirsty, but that is the nature of nature, and I love to capture it all. After editing this shoot, I decided to go to Holdener park for our daily walk. The hills didn't get any less steep. Phew! 😵 Check for the short video...
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Livermore - 2019
This is a short set from around town. It was shot in April so it was still green here. I always thought the view from the top of Altamont pass would make a great panorama. I was right. By the way, this is Livermore, doncha know, and we'll leave our horses wherever we see fit. Y'all might just as well get used to it. Yessuh! 😎
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Shadow Cliffs - 2019
I spent almost as much time here as I did in DelValle in 2019. Another target rich environment with birds of all types.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3, and various other glass Di VC USD G2
Shadow Cliffs 2020
Shadow Cliffs is another favorites of mine and the girls. There is an area where they can be off-leash, so that's a huge plus for them. They can run and I can make images. That's the area where I make most of my images from. The variety of bird like is astounding and seasonal. Even the Eagles come here to fish. While they are here, the other birds stay close to their nests.
2020
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 G2 Tamron 1.4 x Teleconverter
Shadow Cliffs 2021
This park had been a great fallback for bird photography when DelValle isn't working out. 2021 seems to have put a damper on everything so far, though. I haven't had a lot to shoot in either place. I think the super algae bloom at Shadow Cliffs may have caused many of our feathered friends to find better digs this year. This shoot was in early March; I expected to see some activity in the rookeries, but nada. By the end of April, the rookeries are still not being populated at Shadow Cliffs. Delvalle isn't much busier, nor is Sycamore Grove.
2021
NIkon D850 DSLR
Various Tamron lenses.
Sycamore Grove - 2019
Another fantastically picturesque park in Livermore is Sycamore Grove. I don't spend as much time here as I'd like. They don't allow the dogs to be off leash and there's no way I can shoot and hold onto the two dynamos, Kitty and Shea. So my time here is limited to when I've already taken the hounds for their walk and I still have energy left for a shoot. Still, that's just fine...
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, and other glass
Sycamore Grove - 2021
I don't often visit this park. I can't let the girls off-leash here so its no fun for them and I don't have enough hands for a leash and my rig. Still, I do love it here as much as any of the local parks. The mix of terrain and wildlife is enticing.
2021
NIkon D850 DSLR
Various Tamron Glass
Tesla Discovery Park 2019
There's another great place for bird photos in Livermore. There's no name for the park as far as I know, it's a small patch of green across from the Gillig Plant, and next to the Tesla Warehouse on Discovery Drive. Facebook recognizes it as "Tesla Livermore Discovery". I started walking my dogs here when we first moved to Livermore, before there were any structures. Beyond the park (in blue highlight) there's a huge drainage ditch (circled in pencil) bordered with a bicycle path on one side and and a dirt track on the other. It's about a mile around; the perfect hike. Before I had a camera to shoot with, I started recognizing this place was a haven for many kinds of birds and particularly, Birds of Prey. The place is infested with squirrels, lizards and rabbits. A raptor's smorgasbord.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2, and other glass
Tri-Valley Gorgeous 2019
This was one of those dreary winter days. The rains were finally turning us green again. I decided to drive around the valley and shoot what I saw randomly. I drove out North Livermore Ave, Manning Road, Morgan Territory Road, Marsh Creek Road and then Vasco Road back into Livermore.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
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