Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Here is a Audobon's Yellow-rumped Warbler. The trick is getting them to pose at eye level with a clean background.
And a female. This photo would have been improved with the use of some fill flash. This is somthing that I hope to explore this year.
A Northern Rough-winged Swallow. The Sibley book says that they are uncommon. Fountain Creek Regional Park is a good place to see these swallows.
There were still a few ducks around including this Hooded Merganser. It is difficult to photograph birds that have bright white and black markings on a sunny day. This duck allowed me to get closer than any other Hooded Merganser that I have encountered. Unfortunately most of the photos that I took had loss of detail in the whites and the blacks. This is the best photo and it also suffers from exposure problems.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After a slow start I found myself laying in the mud surounded by plovers, sandpipers and phalaropes.
After a few minutes of photographing sandpipers I noticed this Semipalmated Plover.
Photography Note: The white around the eye in this photo is slightly over exposed. When photographing small white birds against a dark background it is important to make adjustments so that the subject is not over exposed. In this photograph I used -1 exposure compensation to compensate for this but it wasn't quite enouugh. With Canon DSLRs there are two ways to check if you have over exposed areas. The first is to enable highlight alert. The second is to check the histogram. The problem that I have is that the flashing area of the over exposed spots, when highlight alert is enabled, can be very difficult to see outside on a sunny day. This is especially true when the overexposed area is very small.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Last weekend I headed over to Ramah State Wildlife Area to search for the Marbled Godwit that had been reported.
Ramah is located about 37 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. It may be the best shorebird location in El Paso county. It's only average for photograhy. The angle of the sun is just a little less than ideal and the shore always has a lot of algae.
I was not able to locate the Godwit but I did find several Wilson's Phalarope working the shore line. Without too much difficulty I was able to get fairly close and snapped a few pictures before a hawk flew over and scared the Phalaropes back into the middle of the water. I decided to wait where I was and within about a minute one of the Phalaropes swam back to where I was and did some posing.
After a little while Lesser Yellow-legs flew in and chased off the Phalarope.