Here We Are Again

Funny thing about photography.  No matter where we have been or what we have photographed, it is usually the last pictures we make that are our favorites. From Gambel’s Quail to Roadrunners, and from Short-eared Owls to Crested Caracaras, I have been privileged to photograph a lot of different birds. What are my favorites?  A few weeks ago I made some close-up, detailed preening shots of Ring-billed Gulls and Canada Geese.  These birds  are so common here that I can look out my window and usually see either species. They are not exactly difficult to photograph either. They were the last, so they are my favorites. Before that, some American Kestrel images. My favorite  non-wildlife images are a sunrise series made in 2012.  Before that another sunrise and a row of trees rimmed in fog. Macros ?.  In spring of 2012 I made some detailed images of a small orange flower.  I don’t even know what type of flower that was.  These were among my last nature photographs.  If the time comes that I make new images,  then they will undoubtedly become my favorites.  If not, the pictures I listed above will surely fade into the past, and more spectacular images of greater subjects, no matter how old, will pass those mentioned photos and climb to the top.

Today is here and then it is gone.  Keep making those new favorites, or you’ll wish you did.

One of the most entertaining and photographically productive times a wildlife photographer can have, is to photograph migrating Caspian Terns.  They are noisy and aggressive birds.  They will court while in migration, with males bribing females with fish.  They will also mate if the sushi was good enough for the female. They can be fearless. I once observed a diving Peregrine Falcon make repeated attempts at a water bound Ring-billed Gull while other gulls and ducks huddled in fear.  A lone Caspian Tern flew over the breakwater forcing the Falcon to turn in mid-air. The tern chased the Falcon out of sight.  He returned a little later to the applause (not really) of gulls, ducks and other Caspians.

Those of you in this area near Lake Michigan will find several locations in the Racine/Kenosha area to be excellent for this purpose.

You will note that the pano crop,  shows Bonaparte’s Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns.Copy of CternB2008 173Copy of CTern2008 058

While some species of birds are naturally entertaining, sometimes you just find an individual bird that is a riot.  Such was the case with this Mallard.1GeyeMall 1472GeyeMall 0383GeyeMall 1234GeyeMall 1265GeyeMall 1286GeyeMall 169

A male Goldfinch in summer, compared to immature birds or females, carries a startling color difference.  Regardless of timing, or age or sex, Goldfinches are another entertaining bird.BYBs3 064

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Those of us who make pictures of birds have a tendency to ignore female ducks.  Loons and Grebes are equally spectacular with both sexes. Mergansers have differences, but still those females are visually interesting with their crests and wild red hairdos.  Even unusually shaped ducks like Northern Shovelers and Ruddy Ducks see the ladies getting a decent amount of attention. Then there are those normal looking species.  The females are colored to blend in with the grasses as to not give away the location of eggs.  I found this female Blue-winged Teal a few years ago and thought I would give her some recognition.Hdd 161

It won’t be long before the colorful migrating birds will be visiting the bird feeders of the north.  This male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was not hungry when he left this feeder.RBGrosOriole 044

I’ll finish with a shot of a male Bufflehead Duck. If you know me you know that the patterns, and qualities of the water can mean as much to me as the subject. It’s all part of the picture.  Of course that iridescent face & neck of the duck doesn’t hurt.DSC_7864

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2 Responses to Here We Are Again

  1. Great subject Wayne, wonderful images, as for the summary, I spent most of the day trying to understand how a person like the fugitive could inspire people to admire him, this is probably not the correct forum to express my opinions so let it suffice to say I am very disappointed in the direction “we” are headed, I try to keep my politics to my self but am so frustrated right now I feel I will offend others, and Lord knows we can’t do that, thanks again for giving me a chance to sound off.

    • Thanks Gary! I think the “love” being sent this guy from the extremes on that side, validates what many have been saying. They could care less about violence, as long as the killer’s philosophy coincides with theirs. Their concerns about the welfare of our servants such as the police, military etc. always eventually shows itself to be phony, I just wish all of the good people who may vote for the same candidates as those we speak of, but would never support the thoughts of radical left, would speak up. I think that could cause people like you and I, to not lump them all, into one category.

      Most people who read this comment, will wonder what we are talking about, as this more controversial portion of this post, only went out to home recipients of my newsletter and a hand full of others. Even at that, this blog was hacked overnight. So much for free speech.

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