NEW BUT HARDLY RARE BIRD – DAY TWO OF THE BIG SNOW

I have to admit, the new Olympus camera I bought from a friend is without doubt the sharpest, fastest camera I’ve ever used. Anyone who says the tool doesn’t matter hasn’t used a really great tool. I’ve used a lot of cameras in the 50 years I’ve been taking pictures and next to the Leica (non-digital rangefinder) I had in the 1960s, the Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark 2 is fast and sharp.

I’ve put this same lens on three different cameras — all OMD from Olympus and the difference is obvious. It doesn’t seem the best and fastest camera I’ve ever used — especially since it’s working with a 300 mm f4 lens makes it all the more remarkable. It’s hard to believe it can really focus that fast in low light, but of the 99 pictures I took today, 99 of them were sharp. Some of them were stupid pictures of empty feeders, the birds having left, but they were sharp.

Nuthatch on a tree

Today I saw birds I’ve never seen before. They turned out to be the most common bird imaginable, but not here because these are not birds who love the woods.  From Merlin ID (Cornell Ornithological):

“The House Sparrow was introduced into Brooklyn, New York, in 1851. By 1900 it had spread to the Rocky Mountains. Two more introductions in the early 1870s, in San Francisco and Salt Lake City, aided the bird’s spread throughout the West. House Sparrows are now common across all of North America except Alaska and far northern Canada.”

These are typically urban birds, but they are highly adaptable and will go wherever the feeders are. We have feeders. Today, I met the House Sparrow.

We’ve also been experiencing a deluge of Blue Jays. At one point, there were six of them — and these are big birds — on my small (10″ X 10″) flat feeder with more of them marching around the deck eating as many of the seeds I threw into the snow for the “walking birds.” The Juncos will eat from a feeder, but they prefer walking, along with the Blue Jays, and the Mourning Doves. All the birds will eat from the ground if that’s where the food it, but some definitely prefer footing it. The Doves can’t perch on a feeder. They are too big and built wrong.



Categories: birds, Blackstone Valley, Gallery, Photography, Squirrel, Wildlife

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    • Especially when you I consider I was shooting through really dirty windows!

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        • These new cameras are amazingly good at “seeing through” screens and dirt and sometimes, even wooden divider slats. I have NO idea how they accomplish it, but it’s remarkable — almost like they “fill in” what ought to be a blank patch with what ought to be there. This camera is the best yet! I’m sure someone more technical than I am would be able to explain it, but it’s marvelous, especially for those of us who have to shoot through glass most of the time.

          This is one of the things that cell phones simply can’t do. It has something to do with lens design and the software in the camera, but it makes photography an even greater joy!

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  1. I love sparrows, always so upbeat and always talkative! You may be under-privileged in many ways but you have an abundance of beautiful and even glorious birds and greenery – hope you are at least able to enjoy those!

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  2. Beautiful photos and yes, they are so sharp! I’m glad you have a tool that suits you so you can get these fine photographs! And I hope Mr. Squirrel there is ‘feeder’ trained! 😉 I doubt the birdies want to peck around squirrel leavings…. :O !!

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  3. These are great pictures, Marilyn. They literally jump off the page.

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