Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

Birds are my best pictures and also my Waterloo and not so rarely, my worst pictures. These come out great or awful, depending on pretty much everything from the camera’s lens to my shaky hand, to whether or not the bird has other stuff on his agenda.

When I am lucky, I get great bird shots. If I am a bit less lucky, they are fuzzy nothing pictures. These are the better ones which I went back and reprocessed. The reprocessing took me a lot longer than I imagined.

Having run out of time and it’s a lot later than it should be, I’m showing only two birds — the Cardinal in the snow and the Great Blue Heron by the Mumford River.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. With the heron I didn’t have to do anything but change the ppi and cropping. The pictures were as close to perfect as I’ve ever taken. The cardinal was a lot more work because he was a little bird and he was far away and inside a bramble, so it was hard getting HIM sharp without getting the brambles instead. But I’m glad I took so many pictures. We always think we’ll have another shot at whatever picture we are taking, but usually, that’s it. That bird, that place never happens again. So I just take a LOT of pictures when I can and hope some of them come out.

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    1. I think this guy had just taken a bath or been diving, so he was moving around trying to get the sun to dry his feathers. Otherwise, they stand like statues until they see a fish and then the REALLY move 🙂 Also, they nest locally and sometimes, you can get pictures of them flying into their nests in the trees.


            1. Somewhere I have a whole set of one of them in flight. It is on one of my (many) backup drives. When I find them, I will post them. They REALLY look like pterodactyls when they are in flight!


    1. They are local favorites. Cardinals are the only bird I can always see, even in heavy brush — at least the boys. And I think we have more of the Great Blues now than we used to. At least I’m seeing more of them along the rivers. They nest around here in trees and a tree full of nesting Great Blues really is like watching young dinosaurs living in trees 😀

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    1. The heron stood there for close to an hour, barely moving. I think he was drying his wings. They look a lot like velociraptors 😀 But those pictures are the best wildlife pictures I ever took. Every one of them came out close to perfect. That does NOT happen very often.

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      1. I was able to walk within about 10 feet of several herons in Dana Point. They lived 50 feet up in the tops of a grove of eucalyptus trees, and were fearless. They are hard to catch in flight — they are silent in takeoff, and gentle in flight with their huge wingspans. They disappeared a couple of winters ago, and their nests have blown down since then (or been trimmed away). I haven’t found them again!


        1. They probably moved to wherever the fish were better. They move around here, too but we are all rivers and lakes, so they don’t usually move far. When things settle down — and there are more fish — they will come back. They are like our bobcats, I think. The bobcats come. They eat EVERYTHING. Every rabbit, squirrel and chipmunk, after which they move on. They come back five or six years later when the small creatures have come back. I think the herons are the same way. They clear out all the frogs and fish, then more to the next fishery.


          1. I’m hoping tht you’re right about the herons coming back — our sea temperatures are crazy right now, and I’m sure the birds have probably gone a few miles to the north or south to find the fish. There used also to be a bait barge parked in Dana Point Harbor — it has moved, and I haven’t found it — the birds may have followed it!


            1. They follow the fish, wherever it goes. They’re really strong flyers, too, so they can go a long distance to find what they are looking for. They probably moved their nesting ground, too.


    1. These birds live everywhere. They are slightly different in color depending on where they are located, but you can find them everywhere in the Americas and in England and Europe and Asia and Africa. The last of the pterodactyls!


    1. I think that is a standard for ALL photographers. I met a guy who was a professional rodeo photographer and he took AMAZING pictures. He said he opened the camera, used his longest lens, took 1000 pictures and hoped he’d get 100 good ones and 2 or three excellent ones. That’s sounds right to me. I LOVE digital!

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    1. Luckily, the Great Blues tend to stand very still for long periods along the river. They are looking for fish and since you are NOT a fish, they aren’t interested in you or your camera. So IF you find one and you have a good long zoom, they will often just stand in one spot for as much as an hour. Gives you a chance to really make some great shots. I ran out of battery before I ran out of pictures 🙂


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