Feathered Friends

With nothing unique to say today, I decided to share some images of our winged friends.

The application of morning light and shadows makes this Kestrel appear to be a different color than we would usually think of. Nature’s light is an artist, and I have been fortunate enough to share her art with you.

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A little later in the morning with a different angle, and the light renders our subject in the color and patterns that we are used to.

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I caught this hawk in some nice, but traditional light. I often refer to this sort of light as “birder’s light” I really like birders, but I have known so many who will not accept a bird image that does not match the colors of their field guides.

It still fascinates me how many birds of prey can turn their head 180 degrees.

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Yuck, you can do better than that. Two of the bird world’s greatest scavengers, a Turkey Vulture and a Herring Gull take advantage of some “sushi” that was left behind. Scavengers are among nature’s most important critters.

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A typical subject (Cardinal), with a typical backyard pose, on a typical perch (bird feeder). Thankfully the subject while typical, is living art.

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The king of the marsh….and prairie….and roadside ditch….and so on. The male Red-winged Blackbird

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A happy pair of Sandhill Cranes. One squawks while one searches.

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Elegance. Some birds exude elegance. When you can find those birds in an elegant scene, you have well…….a lot of elegance. Great Egret.

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Don’t look down. Forster’s Tern

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Excuse my anthropomorphic observations which accompany my next two subjects.

Lost my keys! Wilson’s Snipe

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I’ll save it for the Packer game. This Downy Woodpecker was cashing food for a later date. I guess a Packer game reference might be a little bit inside for people from other parts of the world.

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I know that a lot of my posts on this blog (hopefully not this one)  infuriate many people. That is never my intent, but whether you agree with what I say or not, if your anger makes you think a little deeper, then I am doing what I set out to do. I love reading or listening to those who make me think, and if I am only half as capable of stimulating thought as they are, I will have been successful.

Thank you and God Bless,                                                                                                          Wayne


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