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It’s that time of year where all the birds have one thing on their minds… makin’ babies! ūüôā The wrens have taken up residence in the large yellow bird house, the chickadees are in the bellows¬†bird house and the sparrows (both the English and house varieties) have found spaces in¬†the gutters¬†(despite our attempts to discourage them. Sigh).

Looking down from one of my office windows, I can see the large arbor that extends over our garage. Two weeks ago, I watched this female robin tirelessly gather building materials for her nest.

“Material Girl” (North American Robin, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 420mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G lens with 1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 640

The nest is lovely and she barely fit inside of it when it was finished. However, with all the rain we’ve had in the last two weeks, I didn’t get a chance to scope out a spot where I can get a good camera angle on the actual nest itself (it is tucked within the trumpet vines just below the garage eaves…a very tricky spot, indeed). Sadly, this week the nest has been empty. ūüė¶ (I am hoping this is merely a temporary situation and that it hasn’t been abandoned even¬†before being utilized for its intended purpose). Stay tuned.

“Orange Crush” (Baltimore Oriole, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 550mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 640

 
 

Over the weekend, a flash of orange streaked across the sky and I knew in an instant it meant the Orioles were back!! I immediately cut an orange and filled the rind halves with sweet jelly in the hope I could entice the little beauties to stay around.

I have no idea where the nest is being built but this morning, I spied two males and a female flitting about the yard.¬†Good enough reason for me to haul out the large lens and tripod, dontchathink? ūüėČ

“Getting Ready” (Baltimore Oriole, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 550mm (VR 200-400 F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/100s. ISO 640

 

 
 
Now, while the brightly-colored male eluded my lens (must be related to the male cardinal, eh?) I was able to capture the female as she took 5 in a nearby tree, a tuft of freshly picked grass clasped in her beak.

Folks, I did my best paparazzi moves to capture these images! Even so, I was eventually spotted by the orange girl and she then decided the photo shoot was over.

Seeing that these are my first ever Oriole photos, I’m okay with that! 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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