Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Stills - Bird Stalking

Even here in the north country the birds are starting to return in hope of spring. The geese are back in droves, robins, starlings, waxwings and I’ve even heard a Meadowlark. Let’s get out and stalk some birds this week with our cameras.



I did actually go stalk some live birds the other day, but I like this bird sitting on the shoulder of Saint Francis just as well.



It was an idyllic location on the river. The light was nice, the goose only mildly perturbed with my stalking. He/she was gobbling bugs from the air and I got Completely Fixated with trying to capture that and it never crossed my mind to try for any different shots. Sigh.



This is the best I got. Apparently the rapid fire shutter burst capturing birds eating bugs falls under the same rapid fire shutter burst capturing sheep chewing their cuds. The shutter fires at the same speed as the chewing so you always get the same mouth open on fat sheep chewing cud and closed on cool bird gobbling May Flies.



If I'd thought to open up my aperture, this might have been a neat shot with the boat gliding one way and the bird the other. Completely Fixated.



"What is with you people?!?"

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14 comments:

Shirley said...

Very nice! Even without bug gobbling.

Lori Skoog said...

Beautious!

MTWaggin said...

Too often we take the geese for granted. You did super great with these shots.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love the last shot of the goose and the comment ......... LOL

Alice said...

Poetic photos. I especially like the photo with Tim ..... you got two ganders with one shot!!....a nice parallel balance.

Michelle said...

I love these shots. Funny how the last one has such expression!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely pictures!! So clear!

henrygl said...

nice and beautiful shot, am not sure if we call the bird a swan or geese

Ed said...

Great shots! The reflections are very cool..:-)

Linda said...

Love the goose! It's so green there...ours are around dirt covered banks yet and not nearly as pretty.

Ann said...

poor goose, he got left behind when his family flew back to Canada.

You stalked the man too, did he seen you?

Tami Weingartner said...

No statue of St. Francis is complete with out bird poop cascading down his shoulder.

Love that shot!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Ain't that the truth. Poor guy ;-).

Far Side of Fifty said...

I thought he bird poop was so appropriate! Must be a lone goose..a youngin' he did a great job showing off for you:)

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