Dude is called the Common Bronzewing. I’m sure we’d be fonder of pigeons if this one were common around here. As it is, you want the bronzewing, head for Australia. Here’s his missus:
Rare around here. Starlingly blue. Here’s another shot:
Although not a fantastic picture. It’s a double-crested cormorant. Here’s another view: And here’s a much better picture (though not much of a view):
Here’s another shot: Oh, and also there’s this: Kathy Mattea sings “Red Winged Blackbird”
They come ’round in the winter. The trick is light … takes quite a bit of light to capture the iridescence, and light’s at a premium in rainy Vancouver. I was just plain lucky.
The photos I’ve shown here (throughout the site, actually) are all unedited jpegs taken right out of the camera (a Nikon D40 in the case of the Australia trip). They’re composed in the camera, uncropped & uncorrected. Most of them were shot in Program mode, although I controlled exposure. They represent an honest attempt to …
Like everybody else, I’m in love with the golden light just at/after sunset. I had a 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Nikon lens mounted almost all the time in Australia, because I was just enchanted with the birds (almost always far-ish away) and the architectural details of the buildings in Melbourne. But even with VR, shooting handheld at …
I know. Amazing, eh? You should hear the noise they make when they’re unhappy …
Or maybe a mural — there are manga-y figures in there amid the peeling posters.
It’s a Silver Gull – so common that in Australia it’s what they mean when they say “seagull.” Here are a gull & a hipster studiously avoiding looking at each other: