I see you, now what do I do?
A couple of posts ago, I speculated that 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.
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.
Well, I’m going to continue that theme for this post, and probably the next one that I do about my daily walks around home, which is the focus of this post by the way. I’m still way behind in my blogging, so it may be a while before I get around to another post from around home.
Anyway, I’ll start with a tufted titmouse, mostly because it surprised me to find it where it was. They spend most of their time in wooded areas, and towards the tops of trees. Every once in a while I’ll see them lower, even on the ground, but seldom out in an open field like this.
Well, fairly open field, there are a few bushes in the field, but no real trees. I took a few steps closer for this one, which I composed as I did as a bit of an artsy image.
I got serious about getting an image to crop, but the 300 mm prime lens began acting up, and would not focus on the titmouse, even though it was posing nicely for me.
Eventually, it grew tired of my fooling around, and shot me that impatient bird look, letting me know that he was tired of posing when I couldn’t take advantage of it.
Next up, a white-breasted nuthatch. They typically pay no attention to me when I’m trying to shot a photo of them, they continue to go on about their business of looking for food.
When they do pose, it’s either like this….
Most robins are more than willing to pose.
We’ll take a little break from the birds for a while for a few flowers.
Picking up on another theme, a couple of the last summer flowers of the year.
Now then, back to the birds, and a rotten little bugger at that. I spotted a ruby-crowned kinglet out in the open, but I could tell that it was going to take off on me, so I shot too quickly to get a good photo.
Sure enough, it was gone before I could shoot a better one. I tracked the kinglet down in a pine tree…
…but the light was horrible there, so I got ahead of the kinglet to wait for it to come to me, I shot too quickly again…
…I got the focus right, and the camera and lens steady, the kinglet ducked….
…and then decided to move on…
…I was too quick yet again…
…the kinglet spotted me…
…and was off again…
…I have another set of photos much like these, but I won’t bore you with them. Sometimes though, a bird not wanting to be photographed can get me a good photo if I try hard enough.
We’ll take another short break from the birds for a few other things, like these milkweed seeds.
I almost hate to post that one, because a week or two later, I got some real winners of milkweed seeds, but you’ll have to wait for them. 😉
I used the new EX 320 flash unit for this next one, totally on a lark, but it worked better than I expected.
I don’t remember why I decided to try the flash, there must have been a reason that I did, but I can’t put my finger on it.
I deleted the image of the sumac without the flash, there’s no reason to post it other than to show how much the flash did improve that image, so, you’ll have to take my word for it. Instead, here’s another image of sumac.
This red squirrel was barking away at something, I tried to catch it with its mouth open, but missed.
In the low light at the time, the squirrel’s barking was enough movement to make that image less sharp than I would have liked. On the other hand, there was no movement from this grasshopper at all.
Back to the birds, this time, a common yellowthroat that saw me sneaking up on him…
…and struck a pose.
Here’s a white-throated sparrow…
…when it noticed me taking its picture…
..it struck a pose to show every one how it got its name.
Here’s a song sparrow that was posing for me…
…until it spotted some food…
…then, it was off!
Speaking of food, when birds slow down to eat, it’s a good time to get a good photo of them, like this Nashville warbler eating an insect…
…I swear, this was a burp…
…at least the warbler had the manners to say “Excuse me”.
I’ll have more on birds eating in my next post from around home, for right now, I’m going to end this one with an image of a palm warbler, just because I can.
I still have three posts to do on my weekend trips, and 150 images from around home to get around to posting one of these days, not all at once though. 😉 It would be rather slow as far as the number of photos that I’m shooting, except for the foliage right now. It’s near peak color time, so I’ve been busy. You may be seeing fall foliage images into December, not that it would be all bad. 😉
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!