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.
This is one of those series of images where personal taste and style take over . Wildlife photography, birds in particular, has a basic rule that the subject should be as close as possible. Fill the photograph if you can.
I don’t always agree. Many of my photographs have the subject further away and the surrounding environment just as prominent.
Composition rule of thirds ‘usually’ (not above) is used. I will crop a photo, then pull back until some type perspective is included.
The reeds here made it more interesting, gave a sense of where the bird was, and I even liked the rough texture here.