Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bittersweet Song Sparrow

7 comments:

A New England Life said...

There you go again with the birds Steve. I love the Song Sparrow. At least I was able to capture the berries on my blog : )

The Chipping Sparrow's (whom I haven't seen in a while) about drive my husband crazy on a Summer day! I still like them.

Sharon

Eve said...

Great shot Steve, do you know the tree/bush its on? I love that color!

Steve B said...

Hi Sharon,
I’ve been trying to get this shot for three Fall seasons. The lighting has to be just right because of the proximity of the house to the sun. Strong direct sunlight backlights the subject in the morning and in the afternoon, the bush is in the shade causing a different backlit condition. A cloudy day with lots of diffuse light and enough of it to freeze twitchy little sparrows is what’s called for. I was shooting at about 1/40th of a second, so a lot of photos wound up in the trash. Flash helps, but you get a bright blue "red eye" reflection from the bird's retina.

Hi Eve,
This is a Bittersweet vine. There are two kinds, the native American Bittersweet and the introduced Oriental Bittersweet. I believe that this is an Oriental Bittersweet. They are very similar and a little study will distinguish the two.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A cute little fellow and well worth waiting to take the photography of Steve. Nature photographes have to have so much patience!! :)

Steve B said...

Absolutely. If you cannot be patient, you cannot be a wildlife photographer.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

For sure...especially when you are sitting on the hard ground focusing on a particular flower which you are hoping the butterfly will visit again. LOL!!

Steve B said...

Yeah, swatting no-see'ems, tromping through the brush, kneeling in fridged water, getting attacked by black birds, throwing out my back carrying gear...Yeah, I love what I do! I wouldn't have it any other way!

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