Tag Archives: Nature

Egret Portraits

There have been an incredible number of great Egret photographs this year. Here I have chosen to present them in a different light. I’m going to guess that depending on who you ask these will either be liked for what they are… or I have committed a sin.

Egret Symmetry- Click To Enlarge
Egret Symmetry- Click To Enlarge
Egret Portraits - Click To Enlarge
Egret Portraits – Click To Enlarge
Egret Portraits - Click To Enlarge
Egret Portraits – Click To Enlarge

Each image was processed in Adobe Lightroom to enhance the fall reeds, marsh water, and add a dark vignette around the borders.

Rodney Dangerfield Of Birds

They get no respect. Truth be told they don’t help their cause much by hanging out in McDonald’s parking lots.

Ring-billed Gull - Click To Enlarge
Ring-billed Gull – Click To Enlarge

We started walking the river bank looking for eagles the other day and found ourselves surrounded by gulls. This was one of the the first groups seen up river, another sign winter is upon us.

Ring-billed Gull - Click To Enlarge
Ring-billed Gull – Click To Enlarge
Ring-billed Gull - Click To Enlarge
Ring-billed Gull – Click To Enlarge

It’s hard to ignore them when they start doing their acrobatics. Not many birds can match them. Not many as loud either.

Catching birds in flight with a big lens takes practice. The Gulls stay in the same general location and zoom around. What better way to practice. If you miss, wait a second for the next one.

House Sparrow In A Pine Tree

In keeping with my renewed interest in the ‘little locals’ here are 2 small House Sparrows.

Behind our house we have a large Umbrella Pine. It’s an impressive tree with thick cover.

Each morning several flocks of these sparrows sweep in and take up residence for hours at a time. As the sun warms up many will sit on the end of a pine bough and soak up the warmth. I can usually slip out and catch nice photos as they sun bath.

House Sparrow In Pine Tree - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow In Pine Tree – Click To Enlarge
Female House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
Female House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

The only issue is when they all leave at the same time. Chaos, and there has been some close encounters.

 

 

Chickadee Morning Photos

This is another series of the sunlight morning photographs. Here it is a Black Capped Chickadee.

Chickadee - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee – Click To Enlarge

The bribe is displayed here too. A few different birds will return to the same tree with any food they find. Watching their habits allows us to anticipate where they might land or at least the direction of flight, if food is found in the same general area.

Chickadee - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee – Click To Enlarge

Everyone is a winner, the birds, the photographers, and even Agway the feed store. Well, especially the feed store.

These images were shot once again testing ‘Spot Metering’ with soft morning sun. The background produced nice Bokeh blurring, but a little dark. The shadow is enhanced by the meter type which in some circumstances might work well.

 

Soft Light House Sparrow

These photographs were taken as the sun first began to shine through the trees.

House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

This sparrow was one of the first birds to not only stop by, but to stay still long enough for some test shots. I used spot metering here rather than the typical method. Also a medium lens of 300mm.

House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

I have been wanting to pay more attention to metering methods and bird photography. This morning seemed as good a time as any.

I choose the medium size 300mm lens for a specific reason also. I needed a free hand for my coffee.

 

The Eagle Sent Him

I believe this is a White Capped Sparrow. If not I will have a correction posted in the comments fairly quickly.

White Capped Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
White Capped Sparrow – Click To Enlarge
White Capped Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
White Capped Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

I had been playing tag with a juvenile Bald Eagle and lost the game. No Eagle photos today. But as a consolation prize this sparrow was chased out of the brush when the Eagle made his last pass.

I’ll take the opportunity to photograph the little fast guys any day.

NOTE: The expert has sent me the correction! Avain101 tells me it is a White-throated Sparrow. I stand corrected.

A Lost Tern Fishing

Fall colors, mist rising from the river, and for good measure a Tern working the water.

Fall Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Fall Fishing – Click To Enlarge

These Terns usually do not come up the river this far. My good fortune he did.

 

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