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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Small Birds in Flight

"Small bird in flight" photography is something that can be done in your own back yard yet one doesn't see to many shots like this. I think they're very dynamic but, with the little I've read about it, the folk that try it have a Rubik's cube of electric eyes, light tents, invisible light beams and mirrors. This is not National Geographic, it is the Pine River Review and we do not work within the same budget confines as N.G. though we hope for similar results. Someday. This Tufted Titmouse is doing a parachute drop off a high branch towards the feeder thus he isn't moving real fast. I wish his little gray cowlick was up at attention and it wouldn't hurt if he was in focus either! I will work on these skills as the Fall and Winter progresses so we may live in hope of better insights into the mysteries of small bird aerodynamics.

        Here's another near miss of a Black Capped Chickadee getting ready to drop his landing gear.

Just to prove I can take a good photograph of something here's the broad side of a barn. And so I give you a new innovation, license plate siding. More colorful than vinyl and last twice as long! Double click on this pic' to find your birth plate.

                                              "What ever you are, be a good one."
                                                            Abraham Lincoln


  1. I really like shots of birds in flight. These are good. I don't have mountains of equipment either. I'm in N. Ont. Canada, in the forest and hike to shoot. Visit me @

  2. I found my plate...about 2/3's left of center!! lol..... outstanding!..again... joe

  3. Thanks Gary and Joe for the encouragement. I have checked out Vermilon River Wildlife and raise a toast to a kindred spirit!