To all ye who want to paint with light ...

I should have started this blog many moons ago as I started experiencing the joys of rediscovering the art of photography. But as the saying goes - it's better late, than never!
So, here I am, in the hopes of recording what I learn as I progress from ignorance to enlightenment; about what my eyes can see that my camera can capture; and, what my mind imagines and my camera paints with its capabilities.

Please feel free to add any comments and share your wisdom (tips or tricks) that you have picked up along the way.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 286 - Flocks of Birds

I started my day with the song of an Oriole - it was most probably a Baltimore Oriole, but I could be wrong and it could be the Brown Creeper I saw a couple of days ago.

I spent most of the morning running between my bedroom and balcony and being on the balcony trying to get as many bird shots as I could.  The weather was unpredictably crazy - what started off as sunny and gorgeous, turned grey and snowy within minutes, and for a few minutes we had near white-out conditions. That cleared to give way to sunshine and then some more cloudiness.  As soon as the sun came out, the birds did too.  At one point, the little park at the back was full of woodpeckers, nuthatches, brown creepers, starlings and sparrows.

I also stood and watched a squirrel running around hoarding food and eating part of it.  That was really cute!

Male Downy Woodpecker
This one is a Male Hairy Woodpecker.  The difference between this one and the Male Downy Woodpecker is that the Hairy Woodpecker's bill is longer than the size of its head, whereas the Male Downy's bill is about the same length as its head.  The females of either species don't have the red patch on the crown.

Male Downy Woodpecker
This one is a Male Downy Woodpecker.  Notice the length of the bill is shorter than that of the Hairy guy!

White-Breasted Nuthatch
White-Breasted Nuthatch.  I love these guys - they look really cute!

And since I had proclaimed this week's theme to be snow, here then is a shot with snow in it!


  1. I love the nuthatches, sometimes they are just too funny with their antics.

    Somewhere in my blog is a picture of a downy woodpecker that's yellow. It was cause by the tree pollen(we think)

  2. @Cathy: They are really cute little birds! And I love the way they walk upside down! And I've never seen a yellow downy! I have to check your blog.