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Wait on it!

Monday, 10:35 AM - As I came up to the pond where I regularly go birding, this gorgeous Great Blue Heron was perched upon a duck breeding box at the far end of the pond. Normally, he is too skittish to sit out on the open pond so close to buildings. I knew he probably wouldn’t sit there long, and if I was patient, I might get a flight shot as he took to the air. My hope was that when this heron left his perch, he’d fly to a nearby pond behind me. So I positioned myself in the shade right in the... continue reading

Mockingbird, mockingbird, mockingbird, Cuckoo!

For the last few weeks, since the Northern Mockingbirds have fledged, it seems that all I see on my morning walks is Mockingbirds. (Don't get me wrong, I like the Mockingbirds. But we can become bored with anything so common.) Five juveniles and their parents have continuously hung out in a tangle of blackberry briers and pokeweed near my office.This morning's walk was no different. Here a Mockingbird, there a Mockingbird, everywhere a Mockingbird! I nearly walked by... continue reading

The fool in the rain

What do you do on a totally overcast morning with light rain? Put a rain cover on your camera and go out anyway! The humid days bring stormy nights here in the southeastern United States. The rainfall from last evening has held on through the night into this morning. But I’ve made a personal challenge to go birding and shooting (photographs) every day throughout the month. So what do I do facing the light rain? Get out there anyway! I haven’t spent the money on a commercial rain cover... continue reading

Golden Opportunities

Each and every day we have another golden opportunity. As the sun rises above the horizon, the golden rays cut across the sky, chasing away the mists and shadows of dawn. It is affectionately called “The Golden Hour” by photographers and artists. It is that time of day where gold-medal winning shots can be captured.But it is called “The Golden Hour” not only because of the golden rays, but because it is only a short window of time; an “hour”, more or less. So don’t miss it. Wake yourself... continue reading

Take a closer look...

Zoom lens differentiates two swallow speciesEach and every day this spring, I’ve seen the swallows darting and fluttering over the surface of the pond behind my office. Their goal is simply to snatch up insects. But in doing so, they perform an aerial display which provides awe-inspiring entertainment on my lunch break. High loops of flight; swooping and swirling in the air. Then strategic dives that break to horizontal just at the water’s surface leaving concentric ripples in the liquid mirror... continue reading

Listen...

"Listen. What was that?"Having heard a strange bird call while out walking a few weeks back, I kept after the little bird until I spotted his spooky white eyes. I looked up this White-eyed Vireo and listened to the call a few times to commit it to memory for future reference. Listening and learning the songs and calls opens up entire new realms of birding. Often, you can’t get a clear look on the myriads of little birds flitting about the bushes, but if you listen, you can certainly... continue reading

My workflow to post-process bird images

Probably, the most common question asked by a bird photographer is how to post-process images and what method to follow on Photoshop.I’m using Photoshop CC 2018 while processing my bird photographs and follow almost always the same method which I will share with you in this article.My Workflow to Post-process Bird Images on Photoshop CCAs I always shoot RAW, I start with double clicking the CR2 file which is the RAW file format for Canon cameras (yes, I’m a dedicated Canon user)... continue reading

The Little Yellow Bird That Became My Wildlife Photography Inspiration

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a ten years when I first saw a little yellow bird in my garden eating my Zinnia flowers. I had never seen this little bird before. He was bright yellow with a touch of black on his head and wings and I thought he was a Canary. I actually thought it was one of my neighbors Canaries and that it got out of its cage. But after doing some research I found out it was the American Goldfinch the state bird of New Jersey.I was simply mesmerized seeing... continue reading

Get to know the birds of Turkey - 17 - White-backed woodpecker

Hello again,It’s great to meet you in a new article on Birds of Turkey. This article’s beautiful bird can only be seen in very small area Turkey specially on the Marmara and Black Sea region. Some sightings have been reported in the Mediterranean region as well.White-backed Woodpecker - Dendrocopos leucotosThe white-backed woodpecker is a Eurasian woodpecker belonging to the genus Dendrocopos.In appereance, it is a large woodpecker mainly black and white in colouring. Vent and lower... continue reading

Get to know the birds of Turkey - 16 - Northern shoveler

Hello folks,Our visitor in this article is Northern shoveler - Anas clypeata, one of the most distinctive of the dabbling ducks by its appearance. It is a common and widespreadduck, and being migratory, it breeds in northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of North America, wintering in southern Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Central, and northern South America.Northern shoveler’s elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges,... continue reading

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