Posts in Category: backyard photo-blind

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2022 — The catbirds have come. We had at least 2, maybe 3, in the yard, yesterday. They love the suet, though they are poorly adapted to take advantage of it. They can’t “cling on” the way woodpeckers do, and they can’t get through the out cage the way the chickadees, nuthatches, and pine warblers do, so they kind of hover under the suet cage and grab a bite. I have a video which I posted (with a Native American Flute accompaniment) on Facebook and Youtube yesterday. 🙂 I will link it here. Such a handsome bird. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine spring edition: White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2022 — Another common bird this time of year (and only for a few weeks here), but another irresistible pose from my backyard photo-blind in the late afternoon sun. The White-throated Sparrows come through in flocks and settle out on their way north and up to higher elevations to stock up under our feeders. Sony Rx10iv at 591mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 125 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine spring edition: Purple Finch acrobatics

Purple Finch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2022 — Purple Finches are messy eaters…wasting as much seed as they eat as they sort through the seeds for just the right one…but they are also among my favorite feeder birds. The males, at least early in the season, before mating, are such posers…always putting on a show. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 125 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine spring edition: Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2022 — Chipping Sparrows are a dime a dozen in our yard from April until early October, and I have thousands of photos of them (well hundreds at least) but occasionally one poses just so, in such good light, that another image is irresistible. This is from my back-yard photo blind in the lovely light of late afternoon. Sony Rx10iv at 575mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine spring edition: What color is a bluebird?

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2022 — As I sit in my backyard photo blind I can see this male Eastern Bluebird busy feeding chicks in the next box two yards over, going back and forth between our yard and theirs. They have nested in the little box on that fence since we first began seeing them in the neighborhood 4 or 5 years ago. We now have them coming for meal-worms at our feeders year around. This one posed under the pines in the late day horizontal sun for a great look at the actual color of a male at his brightest. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine spring edition: Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, May 2020 —

4/3
When Pine Warblers are the only
warblers you have to work with,
as it is here in Southern Maine
around about the first of May,
then you’d better believe we work
those Pine Warblers for all their worth.

It is true. Pine Warblers are our only warblers here in southern Maine in early spring…still waiting on even the Yellow-rumps to show. But we do get to really appreciate the Pines as a result. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent from my backyard photo blind. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th. Gotta love that late-day horizontal light.

Maine spring edition: Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, April 2022 — Of course we have had Downy Woodpeckers all winter, coming to the suet and sunflower seeds on the deck…but there is nothing like a shot that was not taken through thermal-pane double glazing 🙂 From my back-yard photo blind in late afternoon light, with the sun just about on the horizon behind me. Sony Rx10iv at 580mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th.

Maine spring edition: Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Red-winged Blackbird (female): Kennebunk, Maine, USA, April 2022 — This is clearly a Red-winged Blackbird, and I am pretty sure it is a female, and not a first-year male, because I see no patch at all on the shoulder. The eyebrow is a bit bold for a female, but still. What really surprised me is the feet…take a close look at those feet. I have added a heavy crop from another photo to show the detail. Now there is foot made for wrapping around cat-tail reeds. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Maine Spring edition: White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow: Kennebunk, Maine, USA, April 2022 — I still have lots of Costa Rican birds and wildlife to share but spring in southern Maine is definitely happening right now…so this is a special edition of Pic for today. Yesterday at dawn the first White-throated Sparrow scouts arrived out under our backyard pines, and by late afternoon the leaf litter under the pines was host to at least two dozen White-throated Sparrows. I say at least, because I have no idea if this was a coherent flock or individual birds from a stream passing through. There is nothing more “perky” than a White-throated Sparrow in fresh spring plumage. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Purple Finches

Purple Finch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I got out the photo blind for the first time this spring yesterday, as we are getting enough action to make it worth my time. I am thinking this at least a potential pair of Purple Finches. It is hard to tell if the “female” is actually a female or just (just?) an first year male…I see a hint of wash under the chin…if it stays around I will keep my eye on this bird. The male is unmistakable…and this one was in display mode…not full mating display with the fluttering wings…but he certainly wanted to be noticed. Note the erect crest and the puffed out chin…as well as the aggressive posture. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixomator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 and 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th.