Thursday, May 19, 2011

The trick to getting really good pictures

Number one: Be in the field as much as possible! Every day I'm at work I wish I was out in the field.

Number two: Take lots of pictures. Digital memory is cheap. Just keep shooting.

Number three: Understand your camera's controls. I'm still figuring out how to do this, and I've had the camera for years!

Number four: Always be ready. Birds do seem to have an inherent sense of when we're not paying attention. Then they do interesting things!

Number five: Get closer! I've found that using a blind really helps. If that's not an option, get the birds to come to you. Use food or calls to get them closer. Remember not to overdo it with recorded calls. A lot of the time, you're stressing out birds who think they're fighting a competitor.

Number six: Shamelessly study better photographers' techniques!

Flickr FAIL

I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm getting increasingly unhappy with Flickr's service. When you use their "blog this picture" feature, it would be really nice if the pictures ACTUALLY DISPLAYED IN YOUR BLOG.

Anyway, if you want to see the photos, just click on the "this photo is currently unavailable" link to see it on Flickr.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Female Baltimore Oriole Gathering Nest Material

DSC_6512 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6512 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Bird Fight!

DSC_6501 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6501 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Baltimore Oriole vs. Eastern Kingbird. The oriole won.

#138 Swainson's Thrush

DSC_6420 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6420 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

#137 Warbling Vireo

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Lake Jacomo, May 15 2011

#136 Chimney Swift

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Terrible shot, but getting a good shot of these guys is like "trying to catch a bullet" as a bystander watching me try to get a closer shot remarked. Lake Jacomo, May 15 2011

Eastern Towhee

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Male, Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

#135 Eastern Towhee

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Female, Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

#134 Northern Parula

DSC_6398 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6398 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

#133 Kentucky Warbler

DSC_6199 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6199 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Thanks to Heidi Retherford for calling this guy in. He got mist-netted later and banded. Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011.

#132 Red-eyed Vireo

DSC_6207 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6207 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Caught in a mist net for bird banding, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

American Redstart

DSC_6358 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6358 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Male, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

#131 American Redstart

DSC_6385 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6385 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Female, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

#130 Piping Plover

DSC_5650 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5650 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR May 1 2011.

With Least Sandpipers

#129 Common Yellowthroat

DSC_5655 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5655 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR May 1 2011.

In the brush on the Mallard Marsh road.

#128 Palm Warbler

DSC_5659 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5659 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, May 1 2011.

The Mallard Marsh spur road is FULL of warblers and other birds in the low brush along the creek!