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Monday, February 6, 2012

Nerdy Birdy: Unintentional Birding at the Zoo

I know I know the focus is supposed to be the animals IN the cages rather than the little tiny birds flitting around outside of them, HOWEVER, in a moment while I was waiting for Mrs. Dancer to finish taking photos of an unmoving Jaguar I saw a little flit of white off to the side; a bird that registered as something maybe different. I spent only a few moments taking a couple of shots before he flew away. Not knowing exactly what he was other than a warbler I tried to tamp down my excitement and concentrate on the animal in the next exhibit. Imagine my delight when I got home and my suspicions were confirmed. The bird I saw was a Townsends Warbler and this was a new bird for me. My 251st bird crossed off the nerdy birdy list.

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484. TOWNSEND’S WARBLER

I also got to grab a few beautiful shots of a green heron who was skimming off little fish on the edge of the hippo exhibit. What I loved most about taking photos of this bird is the ability to see clearly how a slight change of sun intensity, cloud cover and the angle of the lens created a totally different array of light on the bird and the color of the reflection on the water.

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Photography is such a beautiful thing.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

I've yet to see the Townsend Warbler-Great periphery vision on that one!

lilmansworld said...

WING :)

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