Posts in Category: Sony RX10iv

Goldfinch meditation

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” something about this shot of the Goldfinch on the perch near our feeders makes me thoughtful…puts me in the meditative mode. Perhaps it is the slightly grainy, paint like quality that the high ISO produces…perhaps it is the interesting bokeh…the light and shadow behind the bird. Perhaps it is slightly hooded look in the eye and the stillness of the bird. Whatever it is it makes me feel peaceful and relaxed, and loosens the hold of self on me. πŸ™‚ Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. +1 EV exposure compensation. Taken through double pane window glass. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Meal worm for lunch

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA. β€” this chickadee is about to carry off its prize from the mealworm feeder. I was experimenting with program shift to increase depth of field on these close shots…with at least some success. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications…but program shifted to f6.3 @ 1/200th @ ISO 800. +1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

caught with mealworm on her beak!

Tufted Titmouse: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” Though I put the mealworms out for our Bluebirds, who have been coming to our feeders for at least 4 years, I don’t begrudge the occasional mealworm to the chickadees, nuthatches, or titmice…they all enjoy them. (Starlings are another matter…as I had said in other places.) Still, this titmouse seems to know that the mealworms are not there for her, and to look just a little guilty when caught in the ace. Pure projection of course. Titmice always look a little guilty πŸ™‚ Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. . +1 EV exposure compensation. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

What’s up with white stuff on my seed?

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” Another bird looking for spilled seed on the deck rail during the snowstorm. The Bluebird was pretty aggressive about kicking the snow out of its way, but the Goldfinch just seems perplexed by the white stuff…maybe a bit offended. Of course I am reading that in…I have no idea what the Goldfinch was thinking. πŸ™‚ Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 125 @ f4 @ 1/500th. + 1 EV exposure compensation.

Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” I have to replace the peanut suet twice as often as I do the high energy, mainly because both the Downy Woodpeckers and the Nuthatches prefer the peanut. We only have one pair of Down Woodpeckers but we have several pairs of White-breasted Nuthatches and they can go through a cake of peanut suet in no time. 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. +1 EV exposure compensation.

clean up in aisle 3

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” I filled the feeders yesterday before the current storm hit, and the clean-up crew was right behind me. Why fight a sunflower seed from the feeder port when they are loose on the deck? Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Not, for a change, taken through the glass of the door. I managed to get the door open a crack but I was still contending with the heat shimmer from the escaping air from the house, as well as the low, pre-storm light. ISO 2000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Classic Goldfinch

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” another shot of a Goldfinch in the snowstorm the other day. One of about a dozen around our thistle feeder. Not bad for being shot through double glazed door glass. πŸ™‚ Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation.

Eastern Bluebird portrait

Eastern Bluebird, Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” I have way too many photos of the Eastern Bluebird at the mealworm feeder…in all kinds of poses and all kinds of light…but he rarely sits long enough away from the feeder (and near the blind) for me to get an memorable image. This time he did. Late day sun. Perfect background. Great pose. What more can any photographer ask…at least for a portrait shot. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. You can drill in on this quite a ways before you run out of feather detail. (One of these days I am going to make a collage of all the mealworm feeder shots, just for fun.)

Wren caught in the act!

House Wren, Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” When the House Wren is not singing, it is generally foraging among the leaf litter under my feeders…or somewhere out of my sight…but foraging all the same. I caught this one in the act, with success. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Purple Finch mating display!

Purple Finch, Kennebunk, Maine, USA β€” I continue to be amazed at the success of my backyard photo blind project…way beyond my expectations. I spend about 2 hours there each day when the weather allows, mostly in the late afternoon when the light is at its best. While I am, of course, missing all the birds that do not come to our yard (warblers in particular this time of year and the more obvious shore and water birds, not to mention raptors) I am seeing lots of birds I did not expect from my casual feeder watching in previous years. The Purple Finches are among them. We rarely had them at the feeders on the deck, but this year we have them daily at the feeders by the blind. For a while there I was not seeing the adult male, but he has been coming the past few days, several times a day. Yesterday I had the immense privilege of watching him do his mating display. He was moving rapidly and not sitting anywhere long, and I did not get to the video button in time for video, but I got many stills of his various poses. The Purple Finch display is a mix of begging postures…wings drooped and fluttering rapidly, chin up, just like a nestling…and aggressive displays with his crest raised and his back arched and his tail cocked up. It is really something to see! You will want to view the still image as big as you can make it. πŸ™‚ I am also posting a short animation of the action. Though this is the best of 4 attempts, the frames are not perfectly aligned and at 4 frames per second, it does not capture the wing fluttering at all, but you can see the rapid changes in posture and attitude. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Video assembled in ImgPlay.