Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Wing

After my dumb luck photo of the tufted titmouse on the wing (previous post), I decided I would try to get deliberate photos of birds in flight. With a sunny afternoon, I sat on the back porch and focused on the sunflower feeder. Eventually, I decided a tripod would ease the task. I took about 300 photos (digital is wonderful!). It was a photographic learning experience. I kept about 20, and do not feel too embarrassed about sharing these three.

Evening Grosbeaks (male) - with a suggestion of a rivalry which will certainly be intensifying in the days to come ...


Purple Finch (female) and American Goldfinch (still molting into summer breeding attire - probably a male, since there is a hint of a black cap). No sexual rivalry here, but a limited number of perches on the feeder often leads to contests.




Good birding!

6 comments:

Chris said...

Wow, The first picture is amazingly beautiful Chris... What a good shot! Well done! Good to experiment some flight shot with a tripod, you were quite successful on these three at least. i really love the first one!

jen said...

Nice! Flight shots are always fun- love the grosbeaks!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Great feeder action!

Steve Borichevsky said...

This is tough shooting, isn't it! Love the Evening Grosbeaks! They used to be regular feeder birds when I lived in Burlington, VT.

The Early Birder said...

Nice way to spend a sunny afternoon Chris and capture some action in the process.

Susan W. said...

Incredible action pics! They are beautiful!

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