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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bird Tree

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I had found a good place for watching/photographing birds, a large tree in the middle of a field. When I went back to photograph the tree I realized it is actually two trees growing close together. Anyway, here is what I was talking about. There's enough leaves to make it interesting but plenty of bare dead branches for perching. These bare branches are really valuable since one of the problems one faces when photographing birds is that there is almost always a branch or some leaves between the photographer and the bird. The photo of the little Savannah Sparrow to the left nicely illustrates the nice clear shots that are available. And while aesthetically such branch and sky shots are a little barren, they are very useful when attempting to identify a specific bird. At the right in the top photo you can glimpse the Victoria city skyline on the horizon. Below are some Brown-headed Cowbirds in this tree last April.


William Kendall said...

It certainly does give the birds a good vantage point too. They must be wondering who you were.

JoJo said...

I rarely ever think to look up into the trees at the life living on the branches.

Mike Laplante said...

To be a regular feature like Stef Jansson's 'The Old Tree'?