Monday Morning: Part 1

Monday was to have been a photo day; I took the day off and with the weekend’s graduation activites done with, and the weather improving, the goal was to grab the camera and spend the entire day, from sunrise to sunset, in  the field making photos.

Sadly, I wimped out.  It was just too damn cold outside.  Although the sun was shining, the wind was cold, and of course I had packed all my winter things away a couple of weeks back.  So my day long outing turned into just a long morning.  Not quite the plan, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I was out of bed at 0430 and on-site with my friend and fellow photographer Paul just before sunrise.  As soon as the light was strong enough, the birds were out and I was chasing them:

Spotted Sandpiper in breeding plumage.

Common Grackle

Yellow Warbler

Three new species in one morning is very good, at least by my standards.  The Grackle and Yellow Warbler are both residents of the region and probably not all that uncommon in general, although the Sandpiper is a much less common visitor (or so my bird book tells me).  Unfortunately, the Sandpiper photo isn’t the best – it  comes across pretty well here online, but at full size it’s got a lot of noise, the result of ISO 6400, which was necessary to capture the scene.  But still, a noisy photo is better than no photo at all.

Tree Sparrow

The Tree Sparrows quit flying just after sunrise and retired to a dead tree across the pond.  I was able to get close enough for a group shot, which I actually like better than the single shot.  With all the sparrows in a group, it’s easy to imagine their conversations.  They’re spunky little birds, and I always enjoy shooting them.

I’ve got no great insight to share this time – just some fun photos (I’ll share more in Part II).

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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  1. The coloring on that Common Grackle looks funny. I’ve never seen one that’s two tone like that. All of the ones I’ve seen are solid black.

    • Brent Pennington

      The friend I was shooting with thought it was a Grackle, and I doubled checked in my bird book – 99% sure that it is. In indirect light they do tend to look black, but hit them with some light and the feathers show their true colors. I had a touch of flash in these, which probably helped with that.

  2. Marie Pennington

    Loved the birds. I’m sure that is a grackle. Their feathers are iridescent. Very nice!

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