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Friday, March 5, 2010

Photo Phriday: Back to the Birds

I have not been able to go birding for quite some time. On my doctors suggestion I had to take a leave of absence. You see my huge camera, gigantic lens, and tripod paired with the excessive amount of photography I was doing caused me to rip some of the tendons in my elbow. Although I have been continuing taking photos with my all purpose lens (which is MUCH SMALLER and lighter) I have not put on the big lens. It almost makes me cry the fact that it sits so sadly in my camera bag and I was unable to take it out. Technically I COULD have taken it out but the doctor used the damn threat that if I kept taking photos the way I was the painful tendon could become permanent.

So like a good girl I obtained and I waited.

Yesterday the sun shone bright and I decided to take out my camera for a short test drive and see if my, what I hope is, healed arm is really healed. I did not overdo it, I only stayed out for two hours, a majority of that time was spent hiking to the spot I wanted to shoot from. Although I did not get excellent shots and I felt a bit rusty I am proud to say that the arm still feels great. I am hoping by slowly getting back in the field with my camera and being careful to baby my arm with an added support of a brace that I can prevent from injuring my arm again.

I decided to head to Madrona Marsh because it was close and because it was a small park. I can walk to my car in about a half hour so if my arm DID start hurting at least I would not be stranded miles away. Unfortunately for me I didn’t know that the marsh was being cleaned today, which means that there were many men dredging out dead vegetation to allow for more growth.

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Basically scaring MOST of the birds away and making the brave ones that stayed a bit more edgy. I decided to make the best of my lemons and I got some ok shots.

There were a TON of Anna’s hummingbirds thrilling their mating calls, they mate very early in the season and I was able to get shots of many males as well as one female.

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313. ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

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313. ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

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313. ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

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313. ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

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313. ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

And then I also spotted one lone Allen’s hummingbird hanging out on a wire.

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318. ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD

The Bushtits were eating in this amazing red flowering tree and I sat for QUITE some time attempting to get a shot of one sitting still long enough (which is hard to get with a Bushtit because they are on speed), in the sun and facing me. I was able to get one of the three sadly. I thought I had gotten a good shot but most were blurry. Damn bird, this was the best one.

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410. BUSHTIT

I caught a Red Winged Black Bird singing in the reeds, I don’t remember his song sounding so beautiful, I guess that is what taking some time off can do, make you hear things in a whole new light.

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567. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

The butt shot of this Yellow Rumped Warbler shows where they get their name. The spot is unmistakable and I can tell it from a long distance off. There is no mistaking this guy for another, he is unique.

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YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER

There were only a few water ducks in the swamp. This Mallard paused from shifting through muck to check me out.

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18. MALLARD

The American Widgeon is one of my favourite ducks. Although shy of the camera, therefore making him hard to capture, I love his bold eye shadow line and bright blue beak.

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3116. AMERICAN WIDGEON

These last two shots were my favourites of the day. This one of a Shoveler although taken from a long way off makes me smile. He is doing what he does, shovelling through the water for tiny bits of food and I also just love the colors and composition of how this one came out.

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21. NORTHERN SHOVELER

The other shot was taking as I was leaving the park, not because I wanted to but because the sun was setting and I was losing my light. I paused for just a few moments to take this photo of a Snowy Egret holding and waiting for a fish to swim by. I just love the colors and the way the light is caressing his back. It is simply beautiful.

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95. GREAT EGRET

AHHHH I missed you birds, welcome back.

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Lots of nice pics in this post! I like the comment about the Eye Shadow! haha

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