Birds

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.


Cormorant

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Cormorants tend be far out on the water when sunning themselves, or flying faster than I can capture them. At 500mm it is still a stretch to get a shot like this, but the Nikon 200-500 5.6 is a brilliant lens.


Colour Again

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It’s choice to work in colour or black and white. This Downy Woodpecker has bright white feathers and sometimes depending on the background, better in colour than black and white.


Not Everything is Black and White

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This photograph was complete happenstance. A relatively large bird, the green heron was moving fast and stopped for just an instant so I could get this portrait with its wonderful colour.


Attitude

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 I find it amusing when some small and relatively harmless animal just tries to stare me down.


Standing Out

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This great blue heron was walking on the lawn beside the path towards me. I just waited until he was parallel to the path and hedge. The black and white shows how easy it would have been to just to walk by and miss this four foot bird if one was not observant.

 


Learning to be a Duck

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This is one of about fifteen shots of the same ducks, they swam past and I kept shooting until they lined up just perfectly and I got the shot I was after.


Imagination

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I think that certain things and some people have the power to spark our imaginations. I believe photography can be a tool to that end (captioned or not).


A Contorted Glance

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The nuthatch is looking for handouts of food and probably does not appreciate the circus skills it exhibits so well.


A Backward Glance

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The expression of “eyes in the back of your head” comes to mind when animals pretend not to notice you.


Spotted

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Many birds find perches on the top of shrubs and trees. The chickadee can do the same on smaller flora and look just as noble.


Not the only Nut on the Lake


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This wood duck did not take a liking to me, though what he intended to do about it was no clearer the longer he glared.


Crooning

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I wouldn’t mind doing some singing myself though I suspect it would be no more appreciated than in the case of this goose.


Standing the Watch

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As the female widgeon sleeps the male stands guard.


Sailing a Silver Sea

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This is is the first of a week of avian photography. While many of these would make wonderful colour shots, I think there is more personality in the black and whites.