clean up in aisle 3

Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — 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 — 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. 🙂 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.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Cedar Waxwing: Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — I dug back into the archives for this Valentine’s Day shot of two Cedar Waxwings courting. Seems appropriate. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv.

spilled mealworms in the snow

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I spilled some mealworm bits (I put out dried mealworms for the Bluebirds) while filling the mealworm hopper during the last snowstorm, and this enterprising Bluebird spent a lot of energy finding them buried in the snow. Fun to watch. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Taken through the double glazing of the deck door. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation for the snow.

Goldfinch in the snowstorm…

American Goldfinch: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Low light, snow falling, and lots of birds at the feeder. The most Goldfinches I have seen together this winter…at least a dozen at a time around the thistle and sunflower feeders. For this shot the camera had to contend not only with the light levels, which pushed the ISO into the upper reaches, but also with double layer thermopane glass in the deck door…and still did a reasonable job of capturing the image. Some noise reduction was applied in Polarr, but no specialized noise reduction was used. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 2500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

thinks she is a nuthatch???

Downy Woodpecker: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — On the “things you don’t see every day” theme, the Downy Woodpeckers that frequent our feeders have learned to eat whole sunflower seeds…while that is not unheard of, it is certainly not, as far as I know or can discover in a casual google search, common behavior. They do seem to enjoy sunflower chips when they are on offer, but whole seeds of any kind are not a big part of their diet, and sunflower seeds require a specialized technique…mastered in different ways by the titmice, chickadees, and nuthatch clans…to open and get at the kernel. I certainly do not begrudge them the sunflower seeds…but I am still at the point when I have to smile when I see a Downy on the tube feeder. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Taken through the thermopane glass of the deck door during a snowstorm. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th. +1 EV exposure compensation.

New to the yard: Starling

European Starling: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — As I have mentioned before, we do not have many Starlings in southern Maine…nothing like the mass flocks you see elsewhere. Here in Kennebunk I know of no location to reliably see them…though there are sometimes a few mixed in with flocks of Robins. The past two days we have had one coming to our mealworm feeder. I have mixed feelings about that. In mass, Starlings are aggressively messy birds that take up space that might otherwise be occupied by some native species. And lest we forget, they are forever “European Starlings”, never to be at home here in America. Individually, they are actually quite beautiful, with their iridescent greens and purples over that speckled black…almost tropical in their colorations…with an interesting sculpted quality to the feathers. As yard birds go, I certainly would not like to entertain a flock of them…and I have to say, even this single bird has me worried for my mealworm outlay. I buy the expensive mealworms for my Bluebirds, and don’t begrudge the titmice and chickadees the occasional raid, but the Starling will sit on the perch for an hour at time, keeping even the Bluebirds away, and literally empty the feeder in a sitting. That I can not afford to be complacent about. So, while I can enjoy the beauty of the bird, and am happy to have one more yard bird, I will drive it off the mealworm feeder whenever I see it. Perhaps a little gentle discouragement will be enough. 🙂 This shot was taken during a snowstorm yesterday, through the thermopane deck door, so it looses some sharpness. 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. +1 EV exposure compensation.

Bluebird intensity

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — taken through the glass of the deck door so I did not flush the bird off its perch. A very intense bluebird. 🙂 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.

the other cheek

Downy Woodpecker: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — This is very similar to a shot I posted a few days ago, but the bird is turning the other cheek 🙂 If one view is good, two must be better. The Down Woodpecker is an elegant bird whatever the view. 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.

spring bright in February.

Eastern Bluebird: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Our male bluebird is already getting its spring mating color…getting already very bright. Which is nice to see. It is a promise we need to be reminded of in mid-February…or at least I do. This is another shot from a greater distance than my deck shots, but the bird stills shows well. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent…cropped to about 1800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.