Posts tagged “Birds

A Young Female Merganser (Three Photographs)

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This little duck caught my eye, it was at the extreme end of my lensability to resolve, but as usual with the Nikon 200-500 it came through. To make a lens this good, this lightweight and relatively inexpensive,  is a tribute to Nikon. Shortly after these photos were taken the lens locked between 400-500, and was clearly in bad shape. I sent it in to be repaired, it was under warranty and I had it back fully operational in two weeks also a credit to Nikon. Wear and tear is life and you have to expect camera glitches now and again.


The Dance (Three Photographs)

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In fall, as the weather gets cooler Ducks who go under water do this wild dance to shake off the water. It makes for dramatic shots. Catching the ducks at just the right moment is part of the game. Just because they have dived or dunked you cannot expect them to do it every time. Some days I will stand waiting and miss every opportunity. But over a week I was able to get a few series of this activity in different light, so expect to see more.


Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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Sparrows are fun to shoot, though tough. Waiting for them to settle down requires patience. In processing there are distracting branches that need removal, colour-casts, or some other fluke of lighting. In this case some work was required on the background. The light was perfect.


European Starling (Three Photographs)

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European Starlings are wondrous creatures in flight when doing their murmurations (cloud-like formations of hundreds of birds) where they appear to dance in the air (one of these days I will get a shot of that). The starlingscolours andmarkings are distinctive. I think the bird looks just as good in B&W as in colour. Sometimes when I see a B&W print I wonder what the colour would have looked like, so I have included the colour version of the B&W here.


Finches in Black and White

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I chased these finches for some time, with only a few shots where they were in the clear. As I reviewed the shots out of camera I thought about the prints you often see of birds in old books. A journal I subscribe to has just decided to go from B&W only photos to Colour. I cannot blame them for it, it’s a scientific journal, but I will miss the old B&W.


A Duck Preening (Three Photographs)

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Artist’s statements aside, I don’t believe it is the place of the photographer to tell the story or to tell the audience how to react. I do think it is interesting to hear what was in the mind of the artist and reach one’s own conclusions. In that regard and with respect to this duck its posture reminded me of some marble sculptures, where the artist placed the emphasis on form and shape.


The Grinning Egret (Two Photographs)

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I was shooting this egret hoping it would fish and get a nice big fish, when instead it took a drink of water and looked at me with an expression I will never forget.