Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sorting Not Posting

A ridiculously short post.

I have spent so much time sorting piccies and working out what to post about that I have run out of time.
So one quick pick of two cute little fellahs.
They are a male Superb Blue Fairy Wren (in the front) and a female in the back.

They look very cute, but superb and blue? Not really.
I got this photo about four weeks ago and at that stage the males were still in their boring summer feathers.
But these guys are so hard to photograph I was really happy with this pic. They never, and I mean never, sit still. They dart around so quickly that even with very fast exposures they are usually just a blur.
They are also tiny, those are blades of grass criss-crossing on the right and left of the frame.

So hopefully a proper post in the next couple of days.

23 comments:

Not enough hours! said...

They don't look particularly blue to me, but the photograph is superb.

~ Rayna

Michele Emrath said...

As always, your photographs are wonderful!

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

Elspeth Antonelli said...

This picture is especially nice to me as I live on a Wren Street! I'm impressed you were able to snap this picture - they're speedy little critters.

Cynthia Reese said...

Beautiful pix ... I'm just not patient enough to do this!

Ann said...

Wonderful photograph.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Beautiful photograph. I've just taken to noticing birds in the garden. We have some! The small bluish ones and the robins (spot the extent of my knowledge?) are my favourites.

Jemi Fraser said...

Those are cute & tiny birds! I've never seen those ones before. Very nice

C. Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Beautiful photo, Al. I'm never patient enough to get bird photos-- this one is just amazing because it is so detailed and close-up-- like you are sitting right in front of their little beaks!

Al said...

Hi Rayna,
Not at all blue when I took the photo, but believe it or not they are well named. I was very happy with the pic.

Hi Michele,
As always, thank you!

Hi Elspeth,
I’m pleased there is a link there for you.
They dart around like crazy, really hard to snap.

Hi Cynthia
Thanx! I don’t believe a word of it. I think it is much harder to find the patience to properly edit a long piece.

Hi Ann,
Thank you, pleased you liked it.

Hi Elaine,
I love robin redbreasts. When I used to visit my grandmother in Worcestershire (Broadway) she used to feed the birds in winter.
I guess the “bluish ones” would be blue tits. Their name used to be very hilarious to a 12 year old Aussie boy.

Hi Jemi,
They are very cute. You won’t have seen one unless you’ve been to Oz. As we would say they are “fair dinkum, dinky di, true blue.” In other words, as Aussie as koalas

Hi Christy,
Thanks! It does take some patience, but I find with bird shots that unless you go to the trouble of a hide, you get your best shots when you aren’t really trying. Just have your camera ready and if they come into view “click”.
I used a long lens for this shot (300 mm) and I was less than fifteen feet away. Even then they are so small I had to crop the photo.

Niki said...

Very cute! :o) Yes cane toads look pretty ugly hehe.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awwwwww, so cute! I popped over from Nicole's blog to say hi and congrats on your award. I see a lot of familiar faces over here. :-)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

GREAT pic! How did you get such a sharp photo of them?? Awesome!

I left a little something for you on my blog today :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Nicely caught! I'm always trying to capture pics of hummingbirds--they are quite difficult too with all that flitting about.

Al said...

Hi Niki,
They are cute. Even cuter than your local pest.

Hi Shannon,
Welcome to my blog. I think this was the first time I've been congratulated for an award before I even knew I got it! Fast work!

Hi Nicole,
Thank you. I have a DSLR camera (not a very good one unfortunately.) But you can fit a very long zoom lens, set for fast exposures and shoot very quickly. So with all those factors in play and a bit of patience you can get good results.
Thank you for the award!

Hi Alyssa,
Thank you. Most small birds are very difficult to shoot, I've never seen a humming bird in the flesh but they must be the hardest!

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