Birds

A Photographically Annoying Bird (Two Photographs)

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Yellow Warblers can be annoying, they perch in bad light and are often too far away. They have the darkest eyes resistant to catchlights, giving them a slightly spooky air when seen up close. I saw many of them this summer, and I tried several times to get good shots. But as you can see it’s not easy.


A Mourning Dove (Two Photographs)

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Mourning Doves seem to be the most placid, trusting of birds. I have seen them perch near people and not care a jot. This one flew by a group of photographers and landed on a nearby roof seemingly to observe us.


Sparrows (Two Photographs)

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I have grown to appreciate the hardiness of sparrows and their need to be wary of predators. Photographing them can be challenging, not just from a lighting perspective, but for their energy and erratic behaviour. This one saw me just after my first shot, and promptly turned its back on the camera, all the while maintaining a wary eye.


A Goldfinch Poses (Three Photographs)

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It’s a great day when a bird ignores you, permitting you ample opportunity to get it in different poses as it perches. My only admonition is to move slowly and quietly. It’s just too easy to spook a bird.


Stop the Car! (Three Photographs)

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Every photographer has probably had the experience of wanting to stop their car on a dime to get a shot. My wife and I noticed this Great Blue Heron almost at the same time. There wasn’t any screeching brake but we did stop for this guy. Such a stand up guy!

 


A Dive Into Going Beyond the Range (Three Photographs)

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I saw these two crows (see final photo) perched on some trees, just a bit too far for my lens, but there is no sense in not trying. The crows took a nose dive off the trees and I took a few shots. The results were grainy, clearly requiring a much longer lens costing as much as a car, but I saw promise in contrast and silhouette, the first two shots seemed interesting enough. Glad I tried.


A Lively Chickadee – That Crucial Moment (Two Photographs)

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There are subtle differences between the photos. The background moves vertically between the two. The bird is singing in one and not the other. Making a choice between these two shots is a large part of the decision-making in nature photography, e.g. deciding which of the many shots taken go forward to post-production.