Birds

End of the Week

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A wonderful starling decided to dance off, seemed like a good shot for the end of the week.

 


Sparrow Number 3

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Unusually this bird allowed me to get very close while its mates flew off. Maybe it liked the spot, in any event it does not look too pleased with my presence.


Perch

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This sparrow found a good spot to perch on a wall of a former church. Given the distance it never noticed me.


Pigeon

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Not sure why, but I often think birds look at me like I am nuts, and not the edible kind.


Sparrow

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A family of sparrows found a hole in the face of a small apartment building. I caught one of them going in and out of its nest. We may soon see their offspring, or at least hear them.


Starling (Three Photographs)

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Starlings are often found on the ground looking for food. But they can also be rather comical and judgemental.


Robin

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Starting off a week of urban birds with a shot of a proud robin. They are said to be a sign of spring, but in fact they stick around all year.


Bird on a Post

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Most of my bird photographs were taken on reserves and in forests. I never really gave much thought to the opportunity urban birds provide.


Sparrow

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Sparrows seem to be everywhere and when you can’t see them you can hear them. Nice sound to wake up to in the morning.


Cardinal Couple

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This pair of cardinals kept moving along the ledge and I took the photograph when they finally moved closer together. The photo is in black and white only because the building’s paint was awful and detracted from the birds.


Goldfinch

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After a week of macro abstracts I did not wish to leave the impression I have strayed from an interest in other forms of photography. We just live in challenging times and I am taking advantage.


Sparrow

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One thing I like about black and white is how you can affect the essence of the photograph with colour filters. Using them can change the nature and mood of the photo as well as alter the luminance of certain areas of the photo.


Great Blue Heron

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I will readily agree that not everything looks good in black and white, but portraits and shots with a bit of drama do well in black and white.


Green Heron

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In almost every shot I have of a green heron (there is one on my business card), they have this look of steely determination.


Pileated Woodpecker

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I caught this woodpecker taking a drink from the lake. I was closer than I would have liked but woodie did not care.


Gull

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It may just be my experience but gulls seem to pause for their portrait, not for very long but just long enough.


Egret

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I have yet to see an Egret that didn’t look like some maddened wizard.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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What a name! Certainly doesn’t look like a sap. The bird kept peeking around the tree and having got his rhythm I took this shot.


Canada Goose

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In black and white there’s old time look to this shot. The Goose does not disappoint with its stance and gaze. Ready as it is for its portrait.


Mallard Duck

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I am always impressed at how these ducks just plow through the water like tugboats. They go a lot faster when they have to,  much faster than I would have guessed possible.


A Political Pose

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I know of at least one politician who thinks Mussolini’s up the nose pose still works today. I don’t recommend this unless the idea is to show off haughtiness.


Bucolic

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Among the things I am looking forward to this summer.


Goldfinch

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I went years without seeing a goldfinch. Then in 2019 the fields seemed full of them. Lucky for me.


Gull

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This bird captures that look that many of the gulls I see have – mean, narrow eyed, like some nasty manager in a big box store, but I digress.