Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Mosquitoes

Both of the following images should be viewed large. The Egrets are secondary subjects here.

In each shot you can find white dots, everywhere. They are Mosquitoes. Shooting against a dark background the number of insects in a swamp are easily seen.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes

I currently have 3 cans of bug spray in my car. This is why.

Good Light, No Smoke – Egrets

Shooting wildlife you always deal with light, wind, etc. However, this time it was smoke.

The soft background over the swamp water was heavy smoke.

Good Light, No Smoke
Good Light, No Smoke

Apparently there was a fire out in the marsh that blew right over the swamp here. That’s not uncommon out in the far marshes we visit, but here it’s unusual.

Good Light, No Smoke
Good Light, No Smoke

The wind changed and it was gone in a short while.

Good Light, No Smoke
Good Light, No Smoke
Good Light, No Smoke
Good Light, No Smoke

It did give a nice soft background though.

Red-headed Woodpecker

I don’t get many opportunities to photograph these birds. They seem to prefer the woods along the edges of a swamp. I don’t venture into a forest often, so minimal chances.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

This day several Red-headed gave me a chance.

The first being this one calmly climbing around a large dead snag.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

Next (as Ellen describes it) another Woodpecker tortured me.

He was loud, on a dead tree based on the sound, banging away non-stop.

I found the logical tree, worked around as best I could, no Woodpecker. However I could almost see where he was digging.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

Next I spotted bright red.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

How this bird could be inside and still hammer away is beyond me. Obviously he did it though.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

I now know just hearing one is not enough…it’s look inside the trees too.

Oh yeah, all the trees like this have small holes from previous encounters. Finding a hole is easy.

Monochrome – Owl

I wanted to direct the focus of the photograph to the Owl’s eye. A catch light made the dark eye give life to the subject.

I choose a light monochrome finish, again to highlight his dark eye.

Monochrome - Owl
Monochrome – Owl

If all this is too nerdy (which it probably is)… I thought it looked cool.

Barred Owl hunting in a swamp, Charleston, South Carolina.