Birds

Expressions (2) (Two Photographs)

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Humans often express emotion through their stance, or body language. And while the same rules do not apply to animals, we interpret postures in human terms. Getting shots where this is the case is certainly one the more interesting approaches to animal photography.


Jungle Light (Three Photographs)

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I came across this Green Heron in unusual light. It reminded me of jungle lighting they use in the movies; just a touch more saturation for colour density and a balance of shadow and highlights, emphasizing the midtones.It just clicked in the viewfinder.


Oriole (Three Photographs)

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A lot of the more fashionable birds, those who flaunt bright colours, tend to be either shy or forthcoming. But like most on the red carpet they are prone to a temper if annoyed. This bird seemed to be somewhat annoyed at me after posing so wonderfully.


Redwing Blackbird (Two Photographs)

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Redwings are rough birds, they are protective of their nests and almost always menacing up close. Nonetheless in their grumpy manner I can find a few portraits worth showing off. Very often with portraits of these birds the details are lost in shadows. I have chosen to only barely affect the shadows and slightly lighten the eyes.

 


Small Birds (Three Photographs)

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I heard someone mumble that small birds are hard to photograph. They are but the challenge is half the fun. Sparrows, flycatchers etc. often pose in interesting ways. It just take time to get the skills and reaction time in gear to succeed. Often I fail to get the bird quite the way I like it, but the successes are worth it.


The Nose (Two Photographs)

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I know the beak is not perfect, but does it matter? This black-crowned night heron stands out against an interesting background. The eyes as usual stand out. It’s the overall impression that matters or so I believe.


Patience (Two Photographs)

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The second photograph is one of many that I took to get the first shot. I knew sooner or later I would become a subject of interest to one or more of the ducks, it just took a while. Patience in photography often pays off.