Where did the summer go II?
Well, once again I find myself way behind in my blogging, the photos in this post were shot back in September. All of the images in this post were shot on my daily walks around home, and I have too many for one post saved. I also have plenty of images from a day in Kent County’s Millenium Park, and two trips to Muskegon to get to as well.
This summer, I suspended doing any posts in the My Photo Life List series, I’d like to get back to doing those posts, but it will have to wait until I get caught up. That may be a while. However, once November rolls around, subjects to photograph will become fewer and farther between as winter sets in. I hope to get back to one post per week of a general nature, and do one post per week in the My Photo Life List series.
For the past month, I’ve had migrating birds, fall foliage, the year’s last flowers, along with the resident wildlife to photograph, meaning lots of photo, some of them are even good. 😉
I could do an entire post or two on playing peek-a-boo with birds, where they spot me trying to photograph them, they attempt to hide behind whatever is handy, and when they find that I still keep shooting, the birds take off. Those of you who photograph birds already know this quite well, but I’ll throw in a few for the heck of it.
On the other hand, there are some birds that when they see me shooting their photo will pose for me instead of moving on. As I speculated in the past, it may be the bird equivalent of a selfie.
The bird’s willingness to pose doesn’t seem to go by species, it seems as if it has more to do with the bird’s mood that day. Case in point, I’ve been closer to this red-tailed hawk in the past, it’s even remained perched in clear view long enough for me to change lenses. But, on this day, when it saw me…
…it tried to hide behind the only leaf nearby…
…and when it heard the shutter still going….
…it said “I’m out of here”, and off it went.
Here’s an example of a bird selfie. I was sneaking up on a cedar waxwing…
…it spotted me…
…and struck a pose for me.
About the same thing happened with this chipping sparrow, but I’ll leave out all but the two posed images.
Some birds pose for me, but become impatient with how long it takes me to get the shot that I want, like this juvenile white-crowned sparrow. I got this image, but thought that I could do better by getting a little closer, and better lighting…
…as I was getting lined up for a better shot, the sparrow shot me the “Hurry up, I’m not going to pose all day” look…
…and so I shot this one as it struck a pose.
Then, there are the birds that don’t seem to care if I’m close to them or not, they continue to go about their business foraging for food whether I’m shooting photos of them or not.
On a different subject, I often see Cooper’s hawks when I’m on my daily walks, usually flying at a high rate of speed below treetop level. One day, I spotted a flock of vultures soaring high above me, but one of the birds in the flock was much smaller than the vultures, it was a Cooper’s hawk.
I wonder if the hawk was soaring with the vultures as a way to hide from possible prey? Most wildlife ignore vultures, since vultures seldom kill their own prey, so by remaining close to the vultures, the hawk may not have been noticed by squirrels or other birds that the hawks prey on. I would have missed the hawk if I hadn’t noticed that one of the “vultures” looked so small.
Back to the birds that pose for me, some prefer to spruce themselves up a bit…
…before they pose.
Then, there are birds that are often difficult subjects to work with, they go out of their way to avoid having a good photo of them taken most of the time, such as great blue herons. However, every once in a while, one will do something strange for them, like land in a tree right in front of me.
This one even allowed me to walk all the way around it for a little better lighting.
That’s not a heron, how did that get in here? It was a practice shot of the fall colors before I went on my trip up north.
Back to the heron, which doesn’t seem to mind having its picture taken.
It doesn’t like dogs though, for as a dog walker went past, the heron took off.
But, it didn’t go far, not as far as I thought that it would, so I missed the landing photo.
Birds aren’t the only thing I shot.
Back to the birds, these next three were shot on a very dark and gloomy day.
How dark and gloomy? Here’s a downy woodpecker in action.
I used the flash for that last image, and the highest shutter speed I can use is 1/250 second, which wasn’t fast enough to freeze the woodpecker’s head as it probed for food. Luckily, the light was better when I shot these.
Another turkey was taking life easy.
Now then, back to the heron that doesn’t mind having its picture taken.
That heron seems to have developed a taste for grasshoppers, but it wasn’t having much luck finding any. It thought that if it disguised itself as Keith Richards that the grasshoppers wouldn’t pay attention to him.
But, the disguise didn’t work, so the heron went back to looking like a heron.
Sorry for so many heron photos, but after a summer of seeing very few of them, having one close enough to shoot images that don’t need to be cropped at all is too much for me to resist.
I’ve reached my quota, so it’s time to wrap this one up. I still have lots of images from around home, and from several excursions on weekends, so it may be November before I’m fully caught up again. Oh well, I’m sure that things will slow down by then.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!