Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 6
. These two females were engaged in a peculiar dance. Were they aggressors, seeing who would submit first? A video of the behavior can be seen at http://youtu.be/pe0Ed20UlBw .
. In Kodak we refer to this situation as "mixed illumination" with suppressed curses. The woodpecker on the right is in the full yellow sunlight while the woodpecker on the left is in the blue light of the shade (formally, skylight as opposed to sunlight). If you adjust the white balance so that the right bird is correct (rather than yellow as in this picture), then the left bird become way too blue (though it is somewhat blue already). If you make the left bird correct, then the right bird becomes way too yellow. And, if you do some magic to fix the white balance of both birds, the picture will end up looking oddly wrong. You can't win!
. This is another bird with a very loud song. It sounds like a Pileated Woodpecker that goes on, and on, and on, and on ...
. The black patch on the side of its face identifies this bird as a male.
A large, graceful bird riding the updrafts, as meager as the currents may be in early spring.
. I like this shot a lot!
. For as vocal as these birds are right now, they are still skittish. This is a male who took a pause from singing to look at me. I was quite a long distance away. I waited, then took a cautious step forward. The cardinal flew off.
. I find it funny how when a bird finds a favorite perch and then leaves it, some other bird, frequently of a different species, will assume the same perch. My favorite is a perch by the parking lot that is alternately used by a hummingbird and a crow during the summer.
. Now, there's a majestic pose!