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Cedar Waxwing in a Cedar Tree

I have many photos of Cedar Waxwings in all types of trees, not one with Cedar Waxwing in a Cedar Tree until now.


I was driving down a quiet country road with my wife. She saw some birds in a Cedar Tree. I pulled over and set myself up directly across the road from the cedar tree. I rolled down the window and watched as the birds were Cedar Waxwings. The light was overcast. I decided to use the vehicle as a blind and it proved to be the right plan. 


The cedar Waxwings hoped about a huge Cedar Tree . I waited for the Waxwings and a perfect pose as possible. The Waxwings posed for me and I photographed the birds for a long time. To the right and bottom are some of the many photos from this opportunity.


Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500 Nikon lens.

A Classic Bird Photograph

I have photographed Mother birds feeding her young before many  times.


However, this photo of the female Downy Woodpecker feeding her young male is a classic because of the light and how focused the mother is at feeding. The young male on the left appears bigger than his mother on the right.


The light was shaded on a sunny day. The perch was perfect and the pose is excellent. 


I consider this to be one of my favourite images.


Nikon D 500 with Nikon 500mm F4 lens and a 1.4 Teleconverter.


My first photo of a Northern Cardinal

One of the most beautiful birds in Canada the Northern Cardinal is also one of the rearer birds.


When I lived in Alberta I never got the opportunity to photograph the Cardinal. Since moving to New Brunswick I have seen the Cardinal on a couple of occassions but no photo opportunities.


Just recently a male and female have been visiting my bird feeders. As I observed the birds they did not present many opportunities. They are very cautious and spooked very easily.


I was sitting in my blind a couple of days ago and low and behold a male Northern Cardinal sat on a branch and posed for me. The light was overcast and the Cardinal was

cooperative.


Nikon D 500 with Nikon 500mm F4 lens and a 1.4 Teleconverter.

Bird Feeding Time.

This is the time of the year for parents of younger birds to be feeding their young.


As you can see most of the young birds have already grown to a size where they can fly. Now they must learn how to feed themselves to survive without their parents help. 


This year has been excellent for photographing the interaction between parent and young feeding.


All of the photos were photographed in my back yard and at my feeder. 


I can sit in my basement and observe and photograph through a window in the basement. With a long lens I can sit and photograph without disturbing the birds.


I live on a nature reserve. I have had 35 different bird species since I moved to this location.



Nikon D 7200 with a Nikon 500mm F4  lens.



Anticipating Action in Bird Photography

Bird photographers miss a lot of action photos because they don't anticipate what the bird will do next.


The two photos to the right is a simple demonstration of how to anticipate what a bird will do next - in this case, a Red-winged blackbird.


The Red-winged blackbird landed on a stick facing into the wind. I anticipated it would not stay long on the stick. I pressed the shutter as I saw a slight movement and was the correct timing. As I pressed the shutter it was as if the bird knew it was supposed to fly and it did. second photo.


The trick is to be ready. Set your shutter to a high speed in this case 3200sec. As it is a blackbird I underexposed by one F-stop using my EV. I did not want to overexpose for the shinny spots we sometimes see on blackbirds. I readjusted the exposure in Lightroom.


It is also important to have the sun in this case to your back.


In the two photos, you can see the different colours of blue in the sky.  On Nikon cameras it is almost imporrible to to get excatly the same blue. The two photos were photographed a second apart. A slight adjust mment in exposure and contrast can cause the difference. I do not worry about the difference.


Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm Nikon lens.





Ducks in a Row

Photographing ducks in a row is not easy. It requires patience.


In the photo to the right you can see normal pattern for the young ducklings. They follow the mother in a group.


In the photo on the bottom the mother duck made a quick swim and the ducklings followed in a row. Not a perfect row but not bad.


Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm Nikon lens.