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Well, at least for the robins! ūüôā¬†

You just can’t beat the personality of the bird in the first image! Doesn’t he look like he is having a ball??¬†

“Shake Your Tailfeathers” (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/250s, +0.3EV, ISO 500

In this second image, I really like the colors and movement seen in the¬†water as well as the ‘glow’ surrounding the robin’s head (courtesy of some chartreuse-colored leaves waaaaay off in the distance).¬†

“Bathing Beauty” (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/100s, ISO 640

You’d never know that seconds ago he,¬†too, was going nuts in the water! ūüôā

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No mistake Рthis winter was not kind to the flimsy rolled reed fencing we installed to disguise our ugly chain link fence. Mother Nature sent just about everything she could to insure its destruction Рfrom shearing high winds to torrential rains to fallen pine branches. I am guessing she was just a wee bit upset at our taking the cheap way out??   

Okay, message received.     

"Top of the Chain" (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/100s, ISO 1600

Typically, the fence doesn’t make for such a good background for wildlife photography, hence the decorative attempt at covering it. However, in the case of the male robin above,¬†the urban feel¬†somehow¬†seems¬†to¬†fit,¬†dontchathink?¬†¬†¬†

Happily, the chain link won’t be exposed for long, as durable, commercial-grade bamboo fencing is already making its way here. Let’s¬†hope this higher-end solution meets with Mother Nature’s approval! ūüôā

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4/11/10 Update

I woke up this morning thinking folks might be feeling a bit left out that Stephen got to see the color version of this shot and they didn’t. I am not one to play favorites so here is the color image for all to compare:

See? I wasn’t lying when I said the color tones were essentially already there. I simply was in the mood for a b&w image yesterday and thought, ‘Hmmm, maybe this one would look cool in b&w’ (yes, I actually do talk to myself!).¬†And it did so perhaps a little bit of color might just be the finishing touch? Bingo! ūüôā

Now some people may prefer the color version Рfine with me. That is what is so great about photography (and really, art itself) is that it is subjective. We like what we like! I like both but do feel the selective color with b&w emotes a stronger feeling. Below you can vote for your preference!

Robin's Song

“Robin’s Song” (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 850mm (600mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/7.1, 1/400s, +0.7EV, ISO 400

No denying it. Spring air¬†just smells and feels different. It’s alive with this incredible energy¬†radiating from all the flora and fauna. I stood for a while,¬†my shoulders caressed by the¬†warm sunshine, and simply breathed it all in.¬†¬†Then, of course, I got to photographing! ūüôā¬†¬†

With so much activity happening all around me, it wasn’t easy choosing an area¬†to concentrate on. So, I camped out in a key location which allowed me to¬†keep an eye on¬†several.¬†

I got excited when a colorful Northern Flicker flew in, but then realized my lens view was blocked by some low branches. Poop. 

At the feeder, a red squirrel and some chipmunks were entertaining, but it was ultimately the robins who won my attention today. This stunning male was singing his territorial song in a tree not far from where I stood. Ah, such sweet music! 

Right place, right time, right lens! ūüôā

Not much time this morning before we board our flight¬†heading¬†south to¬†warmer weather.¬†Hey, if spring isn’t going to come to me, then I am more than willing to go find IT !

So, here is another American Robin photo from my outing earlier in the week.

"Bing" (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 340mm (80-200mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/9, 1/400s, ISO 500

Although this little guy appears to be quite full from gorging on all those ornamental cherries, he has actually puffed himself up in order to stay warm in the 20-degree temps.

Don’t you wish it were that simple for us?

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