Category Archives: Birds

Happy Cedar Waxwing

These waxwings were about as close as I have ever been. The berries were more important than me. That was fine since I had more time for different types of shots.

Cedar Waxwing - Click To Enlarge
Cedar Waxwing – Click To Enlarge
Cedar Waxwing - Click To Enlarge
Cedar Waxwing – Click To Enlarge

Photographs taken in South Carolina, end of February (2016). In New England waxwings seem to just make a guest appearance. The coloring is so smooth and even it almost looks fake.

Cedar Waxwing - Click To Enlarge
Cedar Waxwing – Click To Enlarge

The tree, branches, and berries worked out perfect to provide a nice amount of bokeh for the photographs.

 

Wading Birds

Both birds here are beautiful, however the images were close to so many others taken in the last few months I left them in the ‘to do’ folder for future review.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Black And White - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Black And White – Click To Enlarge

Getting ready for the next road trip has limited time out so during down time I have been cleaning my drives. Of course I get stuck with photographs that catch my eye. So here I added 2 more.

Dreary Snowy Egret

This is another one of those photographs where ‘technically’ the subject, Egret, should have taken up more space in the image.

Dreary Snowy Egret - Click To Enlarge
Dreary Snowy Egret – Click To Enlarge

The Egret itself is sharp and crisp in the image so cropping would have been no problem.

I processed for a 16×9 print, landscape, to take advantage of the reeds in the fore and general brown bokeh in the balance of the photograph.

It seemed to me both the bird and the windy brown marsh were important to the image. At the end of the day it’s just an Egret picture not a Monet.

Nest Boxes

This time of year means watching a nest box should provide some good photo opportunities.

Nest Box Bluebirds - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Bluebirds – Click To Enlarge

In the middle of a group of swallow nests this blue bird moved in.

Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge

While this is always fun I need to remind myself to be sure I have a monopod with me. Holding up a long 500mm lens for extended periods means as soon as I rest my arms the perfect shot zooms by….and I miss it.

Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge

 

Rare Saker Falcon

After seeing how I had missed a pretty nice Kestrel photograph I went back to this Saker Falcon. While I did publish a photo most never saw the light of day.

Rare Saker Falcon - Click To Enlarge
Rare Saker Falcon – Click To Enlarge

A bird this rare deserves any publicity it can get. On the verge of extinction due to it’s great skill as a hunter. Adults, not young,  are captured and trained for falconry. This leaves fewer in the wild to mate and carry on the species.

Black market prices are in the 3/4 million dollar range.

Their special skill as a hunter will be the cause of their loss. Pretty sad.

This bird is part of a breeding program.

Kestrel Portrait

Sometimes I reject images based on similar photographs. Shooting at 10 images per second I tend to get a bunch of duplicates. This capture was passed up since I had others showing the entire bird. However, the catch light in his eyes here stopped me from deleting it.

Kestrel Portrait - Click To Enlarge
Kestrel Portrait – Click To Enlarge

Now I’m glad I did.  A portrait of a beautiful bird, looking right back at me. For me it’s a keeper.

Soft Landing Mallard

This is a short series capturing the landing of a Mallard. Another one of those simple but interesting photographs. The images below are in sequence, as he landed in a cove. A brighter day would have made for better shots, but this is more about the subject anyway.

Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge

It looks almost comical the way he sets his feet to break the fall.