Posts in Category: autumn

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.

Nuthatch at the feeder

White-breasted Nuthatch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I don’t post many photos of birds at the feeder…around the feeder, yes…but I try to keep the feeders out of frame as much as possible. Sometimes you do get a feeder shot that is just too good to pass by though. This perky little nuthatch with the seed and the chickadee peeking out the back…the level of feather detail…the lighting…the background…all add up to a memorable image. 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.

Titmouse in the November shade…

Tufted Titmouse: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — If the November sun is a different kind of light, the November shade is a different kind of shade. All summer photography under the pines were one set of feeders are was difficulty because of the abundance of vegetation and the depth of the shade. Now, as the leaves are mostly fallen, and the light is coming in more obliquely, and from across the yard as opposed to behind the house, the open shade under the pines is becoming slightly more photographically assessable. This Tufted Titmouse only sat for a second, as is their habit, but long enough for a couple of frames. The light brings out the subtle hues of the bird’s plumage. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Leaves in the stream

We were up in the 70s on Saturday…a real Indian Summer. I did a bit of research on the term “Indian Summer”…to see how much cultural baggage it might carry…but its origins are hazy at best, and it seems never to have had a negative connotation. It…a warm dry spell in October or November…is called different things in different cultures. It is “old woman’s summer” in German speaking countries, “poor man’s summer” in slavic countries, “gypsy summer” in the Balkans, “little summer” in South America (where it happens in May), and “little autumn of the geese” in Gaelic. Many people name it for one of the Saints whose Saint Day falls in late fall…though the particular Saint varies by region. At any rate, I don’t feel too guilty calling it Indian Summer. To celebrate I got my ebike out and took a ride. I was arrested by this scene as I crossed the bridge over the Merriland River in Wells on my way to Laudholm Farms. Sony Rx10iv at about 135mm equivalent. Program mode with auto HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/320th. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Titmouse in the leaves…

Tufted Titmouse: Kennebunk Maine, USA — I went out on Saturday and stood by the feeders under the trees for an hour, trying for photos of the yard birds among the fall leaves. The light was beautiful and the colors of autumn make for interesting backgrounds. This Tufted Titmouse found some spilled seed under one of the feeders. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Hairy in the fall…

Hairy Woodpecker: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — We have a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers who visit the yard most days…not as often as the Downy woodpeckers, but at least once a day. I caught this one stripping bark off a dead limb in search of insects, against the backdrop of the autumn oaks. 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. Cropped considerably.

Rapids in Fall

This is along the Mousam River in Kennebunk Maine, at Roger’s Pond Park. Slipping on into the very end of fall. Sony Rx10iv at 24mm equivalent. Program mode with HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Nominal exposure: ISO 100 @ f2.8 @ 1/250th.