Happy Hump Day!
Getting ready for work yesterday morning I looked out of our bedroom window and saw the soft rays of the morning sun bathing the bird bath with its golden light.
I’ve heard professional photographers say that it doesn’t really matter the subject as long as it is lit correctly. Light reveals, shadows define. So I put that to the test with this image of the bird bath.
On Monday when it was so terribly hot and humid I actually filled the bird bath 5 times during the day. The birds were sometimes 4 deep waiting their turn to cool off or get a drink of water. I love watching the birds “frolicking” in the bird bath.
So last night after dinner I decided to take my long lens out to the patio and sat semi concealed by other lawn chairs. The birds are reluctant to visit the bird bath if I’m sitting outside. I was very lucky to capture this robin taking a bath and “frolicking.” 🙂
Revived and refreshed this robin is ready for the evening. Monday I actually saw a robin and a morning dove sharing the bird bath and splashing water on the little finches waiting their turn.
Many times during the day the birds will swoop in, grab a drink and then gone just as quickly. Now if I could just train them to poop somewhere else. 🙂
Camera Specs: Nikon D4 | Sigma 150 – 600 mm 6.5 | ISO 200 1/160 sec @ f6.5 | Nikon SB900 flash with softbox
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Cooler today but be careful.
Happy Monday: ~ 235
Sorry, more birds. I’m dealing with some health issues right now and just didn’t feel like getting outside to capture any other types of images. Besides, I love sitting on the patio and watching the birds come and go.
This image and the last image will show you why I’m spending $70 every week on bird seed. Sometimes there are as many as 40-50 birds around the feeding line, both on the feeders and on the ground eating the leftovers.
I’m not complaining, I get more from watching the birds than I’m giving. 🙂
This is not a tack sharp image. But I was lucky enough to capture this little guy just the instant before he took flight.
Another one of the feeders with standing room only.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday ~ 242
I’m sorry for the lack of activity on the blog of late. I’ve struggled with a bug and haven’t been feeling well. Hopefully that is behind me and so I’m back at it today.
A couple of weeks ago Jeanne and I went down to the river (whenever I say that I always think of that stupid electric fish on a board that sings “Take me to the river, throw me in the water.”) to see how high the river was and to look at all the fish flies. Just as we arrived this guy came by at an amazing pace. He kept it up the entire time I could see him. He must be in great shape.
By the way if you are familiar with the rubber fish that sings that you will now have that song in your head all day. 🙂
Later we drove up the lock and dam 11 and found some pelicans fishing around the lock. This pair was swimming along with their bills just above the water and sometimes just skimming the top of the water.
I was just shooting on burst mode and was not expecting him stabbing at the water like that. Generally when I’ve watched pelicans fish they do it in small groups and try to herd the fish into a pocket and then grab their fill.
Unfortunately this guy came up empty-handed. I watched and photographed them for several hundred feet and each of them would stab at the water like this but each time they came up empty-handed. While the pelicans fishing at the lock seemed to be having their share of luck.
I’ll leave you with this image of a Robin just after his bath. I couldn’t get set up quick enough to catch his antics in the bath as he bounded around and got his entire body covered in water. But I like this image showing his indignation at me for taking his picture right after his bath. 🙂
That’s it for today. Hope to get back on schedule now. Thanks for stopping by the blog.
Enjoy your day and be careful.