Posts tagged “Birds

Canada Geese (Three Photographs)

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Two Canada Geese were wailing and flying close to where I was and I thought it might be fun to get them in flight. They moved fast and I could not get both in the frame, then they handed hard with great splashes of water and I kept shooting only to see what you see in the last shot. It certainly was not a fight, I left them alone and walked away.


Taking Things for Granted (Two Photographs)

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I was testing some new settings on my camera and saw this robin on the grass, and took the shot as a test. I probably would not have taken the shot had I not wanted to try something new. When I got home I realized how few Robins I have actually shot. I think their being common made me take them for granted. Also being for the most part ground birds it’s not easy to get good backgrounds. The defiant stance caught my attention and hence the publication of this photo.

 


Desperation (Two Photographs)

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I took this Phoebe at ISO 1250 and shot at 1/1000th of a second. This was a higher ISO and higher shutter speed than the situation warranted, but I was afraid the bird would fly before I could re-adjust. Normally I shoot with a shutter speed on my 200-500mm lens between 1/500th and 1/750Th of a second and that would have meant being able to reduce the ISO to 800 or even 600. However, sometimes it’s better to get the shot and not worry. Another issue I have chosen to ignore in this photo is the bright white wood of the dead tree. Normally our eyes are drawn to the brightest thing in the photo, there are exceptions and I hope this is one of them.

 


The Eyes Have IT (Two Photographs)

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I took quite a few shots of this grackle. The mirror in my Nikon camera is a bit noisy, and it’s not surprising that this has an impact on my subjects. Birds in particular can be disturbed by the noise of the mirror. In these shots, taken within seconds of each other, you will see that the appearance of being glared at, is not the same as being glared at. Taking a number of shots while waiting for just that right moment when the glare is straight on is worth it. Eyes have impact.

 

 


A Clown (Three Photographs)

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In my experience one bird that plays the clown more often than any other is the Black-Crowned Night Heron. This bird, one of the first of the season, was no exception. But I anthropomorphize more than I should.


The Weather Dance (Three Photographs)

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After the torrential rains and flooding the weather broke. If you know Canada and Canadians, the one topic guaranteed to come up in 99% of all conversations is the weather. This duck was in a pond close to the entrance to the park and just as we got to the edge of the pond it began its little dance. I like to think it was celebrating one of the few great days this spring.

 

 

 


Northern Shoveler (Three Photographs)

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I took a large number of photos of this northern shoveler duck last year. It’s a rarity in the reserve I frequent. One technique I have used here is a vignette, it either lightens or darkens the edges of the frame depending on what you prefer. Vignettes have two attributes, they can unconsciously focus the viewer’s eye by creating a nearly invisible frame, and they can add an artistic touch.