This time of year means watching a nest box should provide some good photo opportunities.
In the middle of a group of swallow nests this blue bird moved in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I’m glad I did. A portrait of a beautiful bird, looking right back at me. For me it’s a keeper.
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.
It looks almost comical the way he sets his feet to break the fall.