Monday, August 01, 2011

Western Birds V - Photographer's Luck

In the category of photographer's luck - I offer this Lark Sparrow as it takes flight in the South Dakota Badlands.

Lark Sparrow
There is not the same degree of luck in the following photos of the Grasshopper Sparrow, but still plenty of satisfaction. A couple of years ago in Arizona in the winter, it was all I could do to get a glimpse of this bird. But during the breeding season in the South Dakota grasslands, it was prominent on many perches.

Grasshopper Sparrow
Clearly, this gentleman is singing with full-throated gusto - which is a bit of a disconnect, since the song of the Grasshopper Sparrow is an insect-like buzz lacking in musical qualities ...

Grasshopper Sparrow

And finally for this post, a female Western Bluebird. Songbird photography often involves cropping and adjustments, but this photo is unprocessed, ruled only by her ephemeral beauty and poise ...

Western Bluebird (female)
Good birding!

4 comments:

Matteo Grilli said...

Beautiful shots!

Wilma said...

Luck comes to those who are prepared, Chris! ;-)

cheers,
Wilma

OpposableChums said...

That Lark Sparrow is amazing...

eileeninmd said...

Wow, awesome flight capture. Beautiful photos and the birds are wonderful.

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