Posts By lightshedder

Mallards on gold…

Mallard Ducks: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — The golden hour comes earlier and earlier as fall moves on toward winter in southern Maine. This group of Mallards in the marshy area behind Roger’s Pond Park in Kennebunk seem to float on molten gold…and have a touch of gold in the plumage. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Stick your tongue out!

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I honestly do not ever get tired of watching chickadees. And they are always reliable photo subjects…often up to something interesting. I caught this one with its tongue out as it foraged among the spilled mealworms. It is easy to forget that birds have tongues. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Mealworms: not just for birds :)

Our Chipmunks are evidently busy elsewhere, putting in supplies for the winter, as we are not seeing them on the deck much. This youngster, one of this year’s second brood, came yesterday, drawn by the spilled mealworms we put out for the Bluebirds. Of course he was hovering up all the spilled seed as well. The original handy-vac, cleaning up our deck. We appreciate his efforts, and the opportunity to watch him…just as long as he does not go for the feeders themselves. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Chickadee at the mealworms

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — We put the mealworms out for the bluebirds, but, of course, most of our feeder birds enjoy them. The chickadees are always right there, often before the bluebirds, when I put out a fresh serving. The light and the background on this shot provide visual interest. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Perfectly happy to be gray, thank you

Dark-eyed Junco, White-winged race, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — yesterday we featured a proud Bluebird. While I was photographing it, this Dark-eyed Junco was on the deck under it harvesting spilled seed…perfectly happy to be plain gray. 🙂 We have the White-winged race of the junco in southern Maine, along with the more common Slate-colored…and I am pretty sure many of the lighter colored (or lighter gray) birds are intergrades, as the white in the wings is very subtle. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Proud to be blue!

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — You have to love bluebirds, in whatever aspect they choose to show. This proud fellow found the highest perch overlooking the mealworm feeder and watched as his mate and youngster helped themselves to the buffet. The out of focus background and over the shoulder lighting make this look like a studio portrait. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

The Bluebirds are back…

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — After our Bluebirds fledged their second brood (a single chick), they disappeared, as they always do, for late summer and early fall. I have no idea where they go. But, as of Sunday, they are back. This is early. We generally don’t see them until December. We have one male, a female, and an immature coming in for mealworms, and I am assuming that they are “our” bluebirds from the summer. If the past is any indication, they may stay at least through early winter, and perhaps all winter. They might disappear briefly in the early spring before breeding season, but I hope to see the male and female back for another year. They have been with us at least 3 years now. They have yet to nest in our yard…though we have a box out, but they nest close by. This bird is displaying the typical Bluebird intensity. They might be called the “bluebirds of happiness” but anyone who has observed Bluebirds for any time knows that life is a serious business for them. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

And another Nuthatch view

White-breasted Nuthatch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Endlessly entertaining. Birds around the feeder and the house. Nuthatches in particular. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

That old sunflower seed dance…

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — another shot with the lovely light of early November in Maine…highlighting the typical sunflower seed dance of the Black-capped Chickadee. You wonder about the efficiency of a chickadee eating sunflower seeds. Can the bird really get back the energy used to open the seed? Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 250.

More Nuthatch antics…

White-breasted Nuthatch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Nuthatches are always fun to watch as they get up to (and down to) the strangest things. This one almost escaped the frame, but I caught him at the edge and was able to crop for composition. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.