Birds

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.


Noted

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I was at a considerable distance, across the widest part of a lake when I saw this bird. It was not long before my movement caught its eye and I was seen and then ignored as irrelevant to its hunt for fish.


Calm

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When geese relax and float along in calm water, the mirror effect is eye catching; one of my favourite scenes.


Female Black-crowned Night Heron

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She looks a bit mean spirited, perhaps eyeing her next victim/lunch.


Goldfinch

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Goldfinches can be quite friendly and let you get quite close or rather you notice them when you are close. In this case, I had to backup a bit to get the shot.


Wood Duck

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You sometimes see female wood ducks alone, usually they are young and wary, but just offshore. They make for wonderful subjects especially when they seem to be interested in you.


Mallard

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A curious mallard is always a welcome surprise. It happens most often when they are alone and not in large packs of birds. It’s the flocks that disperse quickly to deeper water when people approach.


Downy Woodpecker

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Downies cling to trees as they hunt insects. However, they are seldom so preoccupied that they do not check out what is going on around them.


Cardinal

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In black and white this Cardinal looks positively prehistoric. It’s really an old bird moulting.


Aware

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Chickadees are small, fast and vulnerable birds. I have see at least one challenge a much larger owl, so I can add brave to the above. But they play close to the line. Where I live a large number of people like to feed them out of their hands. This forces the bird to consider the risk before flying in, their speed and maneuverability helps, what they cannot do is evaluate the nature of what they are being fed.


Wary

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All animals have predators and all to some degree have defences. When it comes to birds, their attention to what is going on around them is quite acute. Trying to figure out what catches their eye and puts their radar on alert is not always easy.


Great Blue Heron

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I doubt that in colour the dead trees would play as much of a role in this photograph and the ducks might be a distraction. You get to think more about these sorts of things in black and white than you do in colour. It may be what I like best about black and white, it makes you think.


Goldfinch

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I saw several of these birds a year ago and they always seemed a bit magical. Moving quickly in and out of sight among the high flowers. In black and white there is spooky quality to the bird appropriate for this time of year!


I woke the Bird (Two Photographs)

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Birds often sleep with one eye open watching out for predators. Its called “unihemispheric slow-wave sleep (USWS).” When I come across a bird sleeping it’s never very long before its awake and checking me out.


Eyes

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Eyes are important in any kind of portrait, and I find it’s sometimes a neglected element when it comes to some animals, like birds. I suspect this is because it is hard to get a catch light in the eye to make the eyes interesting and look normal.


Negative Space (Two Photographs)

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Your subject needs space to sing (talk) into, as one of my photography friends once said to explain negative space. It’s not a rule. If it were, some of Buster Keaton’s better scenes of being hit by a door would not have been allowed.