Frequent visitors by now will have figured out that I take many pictures and only a small percentage reach this blog. I try to be discriminating but sometimes, I think, I may apply too high a standard. The picture above is a case in point. This was captured about a week ago. I was at a nearby park and saw these pretty birds “working” the area around the fence. The markings on this bird are quite distinctive but my reference resources are limited so I don’t know what kind of bird it is. Please, anyone, feel free to help me out.
When I sorted the pictures that night I lingered on this photo for quite a while because it is so dramatic. Birds are such awesome creatures of agility and I love pictures that capture their moves. I was going to post it but then thought better of it because it wasn’t “good enough.”
And then a fellow blogger — Bird Canada — posted a blog about flight and said, “in fact, a good picture can reveal things that go [by] too quickly if you are looking at it at normal speed (even after the fact on a video).” I immediately thought about this photo. Yes, it isn’t as sharp as I would like but it is a good picture because of what it reveals. It has caught this bird springing straight into the air from the fence, with his wings tucked and extended all at the same time. In the next moment, which I and the camera completely missed, he dove straight down in fast pursuit of a tasty morsel.
So, thanks Pierre for your wonderful photo-essay. Photographing birds in flight is not easy but even the less than perfect picture can be pleasing. ❧
Reblogged this on Not only for the birds? and commented:
A great post by a fellow blogger/birder/photographer about the difficulty of taking bird photos, especially when they are flying.
Thank you for the reblog! And many of the things you say in this post are so true: The number of pictures we share is very low compared to the number of pictures taken (not to mention that I get rid of at least half of my photos right in the field, before transferring them to my computer). But we often get “caught” by a less than perfect picture because it is so dramatic. And I really like your photo because it is so strangely dramatic.
Thanks to you too! I enjoyed your flight photos.
Hi Alice, Looks like a yellow rumped warbler to me, formerly known as myrtle warbler. I’m at our home in Costa Rica now and they are here as well as our place in Wisconsin.
Thanks very much! I thought it was some kind of warbler but there are so many… My reference books got left in NC. I won’t make that mistake again. 🙂