June 01, 2009

192: Warblers vs. Swallows

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Clockwise, from top left: common yellowthroat, barn swallow, yellow warbler, tree swallow.

When I bought my macro lens last fall, I was excited about the prospect of using it at the weekly spring/summer bird banding sessions where I work. This past Friday they were netting little birds left and right, and were a bit too busy for me to get in too close. Even still, I left with a good collection of photos and reference material for drawings or other work. I'll probably attend a few more times, before summer comes and many of the rarer, more colourful catches move further north to nest.

I have deep respect for pro nature photographers, and their unending patience ­ especially for these tiny songbirds. These birds were all (temporarily) captive, held either by the feet or in harmless (trust me) fist-grips, and yet they still fluttered, juked and shook in and out of focus.

4 comments:

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Must be awesome to have something so small, fragile but tough in one's hand... not to mention distinguishing one from another. Interesting photos.

Sam said...

God, I love birds. Love them.

Jeope said...

You're preaching to the converted here, Sam.

devon spec said...

what about the common robin red breast????