Tag Archives: Connecticut River

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Receding waters means a whole new place to feed for these birds. They may have long legs but there is a limit to how deep they can handle.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

From my perspective it was great too. There are a few places, in the shade, where deeper water prevents us from getting anything but a few gator shots.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Now I can catch these guys ‘shoveling round’ in the water close by.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Note; in the above photographs you can see how they will sift through water and ‘spit it out’ catching small prey.

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Red Wing In The Reeds (Breaking Composition Rules)

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.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

I don’t always agree. Many of my photographs have the subject further away and the surrounding environment just as prominent.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

Composition rule of thirds ‘usually’ (not above) is used. I will crop a photo, then pull back until some type perspective is included.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

The reeds here made it more interesting, gave a sense of where the bird was, and I even liked the rough texture here.