Posts tagged “Bird Photography

A Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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I had two problems with these photographs, the left hand side was much too bright (I used the neutral density filter in Lightroom to fix that) and there was an annoying out of focus oblong object by the bird’s feet. For that I used blur gallery to extend the blurred area to cover up the problem, hopefully that worked and the focus is on this magnificent sparrow.


A Flycatcher (Two Photographs)

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Someone will tell me if I misnamed this bird. I am not a birder and I often have trouble with taxonomy in general. I am always asking for help from birders, entomologists etc. No harm done, we all have to learn sometime.


A Distracted Bird (Two Photographs)

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This was the first blackcrowned night heron I came across this year. He looked distracted and slightly overwhelmed. Well hidden on the edge of the lake I was shooting through brush to get my shot. When we walked back a short time later he was gone and it was weeks before we saw another heron.


Cardinal (Three Photographs)

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It is increasingly looking like this is my year of the cardinal. They seem easier to see this year and it may have to do with the weather and their expecting handouts. Certainly many people leave seeds for them.


Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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There used to be a good half-dozen of these birds in the reserve. This year we have seen only one or two great blue herons. My guess is that the heat and torrential rains chased them away after roosting. I came to an opening on the lake and saw some great looking ducks nearby when the man beside said don’t miss the heron beside you. It was only about ten feet away. I had a chance at a few shots but when more people came along it took flight.


Young Female Merganser (Three Photographs)

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Merganser ducks are usually far out in the lake and as a result hard to shoot. This young female came quite close to shore and I got an opportunity to take a series of shots as she dove under water to fish. Though I think she caught something it was small and gone in seconds.


Hairy Woodpecker (Two Photographs)

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This little bird impressed me. It found the perfect spot for its portrait and stayed in place long enough for a session. By far the best shots of the day! Normally these birds are busy getting grubs out of tree bark and moving fast. I guess this one was tired.