My photo friend Jan Timmons over on flickr pointed out that today is National Bird Day 2017. You know how much I like birds so, to honor them on their special day here are some of my favorite birds. I made these images all in California during 2016.
Snowy Egret-Juvenile; pretty close to fledgling.
Clark’s Grebe w/chick and Fish-dawn
The Elusive American Bittern- I’ve only seen these a handful of times.
and last but, not least our National Bird in the U.S.A. the Bald Eagle- Adult. I’m so happy this bird is making a comeback in California.
Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2017
Sunday afternoon I spent with Rainey and Dali photographing birds and waterfowl. Late in the day we saw a Bittern and an Eurasian Wigeon. The lighting and weather weren’t ideal; the sky was getting darker both due to time, and it had been stormy the night before so the sky was still overcast and flat. Monday the sky was blue, and the sun was shining so we decided to go back in the afternoon to take advantage of the better light. The Bittern was there in the same place we’d seen it before tucked in the reeds under an overpass with the late afternoon sun warming his back. This shot was taken from the overpass looking down on him/her.
I uploaded Lightroom Beta 4 to try it out. I’m a bit lost since this is the first time I’ve ever tried LR, but I have to say the highlights and shadow recovery sliders are pretty good. The white feathers around his neck were pretty blown out due to the late afternoon sun beating right down on him. LR did a great job of bringing back the detail in his feathers on his shoulder, and neck. I’m going to be using LR4 for the next several weeks. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and feelings about it as I learn it.