Last on the Card – March 2022

Even though I worked through many of the Bluebird pictures, I saved and marked the last one just for you. It doesn’t look a whole lot different than the one I processed except for needing to be straightened, brightened, and cropped.

Taken on the Olympus OMD-1 M2 using the 100-300 mm Panasonic lens
Taken on the Olympus Pen F

I used my Olympus 25-200 mm lens which I almost never remove from the camera unless I need a faster lens. The 25-200 is a great “all the time” lens, so unless I need a faster lens, it my “go to” lens for the Pen F.

I didn’t process the second photo. I only took 4 pictures of this Brown-Headed Cowbird and processed just one. I can tell you if I had processed this, there would be both cropping and brightening.

Both pictures are reduced in size because WordPress is always hungry for my money.

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10 replies

  1. Beautiful captures, Marilyn!!


  2. It’s so good having birds as your Last Photos Marilyn. Thanks for joining in πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  3. What a great couple of shots to end the month on, Marilyn. I wish I could see a Bluebird, but over here in the UK they’re almost mythical creatures. Still, at least we have recently had the honour of a Great Spotted Woodpecker taking up residence in the trees behind our garden and we’re seeing her every morning on our nut feeder. Your little Cowbird also looks very cute, too, and I love his glossy feathers. You’ve captured the light on them beautifully. πŸ™‚


    • What’s funniest about the light I get is that I have such a tiny amount of room to take pictures of the bird, the light is entirely whatever the sky feels like bestowing on us. I get my best pictures in bright shade — grey skies with the sun seriously considering showing itself. On days when it never seems to get bright enough to be called “day,” everything is dark and I live in gratitude for being able to brighten dark pictures.

      In many states, including this one, they are putting up birdhouses near woods and the bluebirds happily nest there. They recovered much of their bluebird population in Vancouver, Canada and are doing much the same here in Massachusetts. But in the end, if they keep cutting down the woods, they will disappear. Habitat loss is the culprit, probably there AND here. These aren’t birds are can cope with city or even busy suburban life. They need open woods and fields and when there are none, they don’t breed and they just die off.

      I’m going to try to put up some bird houses this year. If they don’t use them, other birds will. They are easy to build and we have plenty of trees where we can put them. The only requirement is to put a hinged roof on it so they can be cleaned out after the chicks fly away.

      Loss of habitat is the bottom line for so much of our wildlife. The most idiotic part is that developers make money building a few houses while destroying an entire woods — but it doesn’t generate money for the town. Only the developers benefit — and once destroyed, an area never becomes woods again. The destruction doesn’t even generate jobs and the houses they build are rarely available to anyone but people who have plenty already.

      Sad, isn’t it? Destroying the future for no sensible reason.

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      • You’re so right about habitat loss and the human insanity and greed behind it. Sometimes it’s hard not to despair of what we’re doing to the planet and the precious creatures we’re supposed to be sharing it with.

        I’ll be very interested, though, to see what happens with your new bird boxes, and I hope the bluebirds do take up residence. And I’ll look forward to your photos, which are always a treat to see. You really know how to make the best of the available light, and I love looking through the window your shots give me into your enchanting garden and it’s lovely little visitors. πŸ™‚


        • I suppose after the years i’ve been taking pictures through the same tiny windows in a French door, I’ve gotten surprisingly good at finding what I’m aiming at. if I had the money, I’d replace the doors with doors that don’t have all that wood “trim.” THEN I could take pictures without shooting around window frames.

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          • Believe me, you’ve become a master of your art, even with the wooden trim. πŸ™‚


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