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Pink or Red

winter pineyFriends, this pretty pink bird is a male Pine Grosbeak found in the winter bog.  His beak is designed for seed eating and he loves sunflower seeds at the various feeders found in the Sax Zim bog . These birds are migrants from further north and there seems to be more of them in the bog this year than in previous years. Just my reflection not an actual fact.  I don’ like the background so I have added an image with edited background, i think it is better for the bird colors. What do you think? til Tomorrow MJ

winter pine desaty

Birds in Flight

Friends, today I will address photographing moving targets. Recently, we  journeyed again to the Bog in Northern Minnesota, a haven for winter birds.  The photo technique is really quite simple, but lots of practice is needed to stay sharp.  First pick an aperture that will give you a very fast shutter speed.  In this case the telephoto lens (400mm) is open all the way (f5.6) and the shutter speed on a lovely clear winter day was 1/500 with ISO of 100.  I focused on the bird (female pine grosbeak) at the top of the tree and waited until it tipped ready to fly.  Then leaned on the shutter until the bird was gone. See simple 🙂 til Tomorrow MJ

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