Sunday, April 15, 2012

Loggerhead Shrike Fledglings

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Loggerhead Shrike
Yesterday afternoon I took my daughter and dog to a dog park near my home.  Since warblers are known to frequent there I decided to bring my camera "just in case," but I wasn't expecting to take any photos. It was a dark, cloudy day, and I was there to be with my daughter.  As I was there, my daughter ran up to me and said, "I saw a black and white bird!"  And she wanted to show it to me.  So without guilt or hesitation I walked to the tree where she saw the bird.  I thought I was going to find a Black and White Warbler, but instead, I saw several Loggerhead Shrike fledglings sitting in a tree.  Wow!  Dogs and people walked directly under this tree all day long, and there they are, unaffected by the activity all around them--they were resting, preening, playing, etc.  So I shot a few photos and then left them alone.

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Loggerhead Shrike

Since it was so dark and cloudy, I shot these at ISO1600, which is about as much as my camera can handle.  I think these are the first nature photos I've presented with the ISO cranked up this high.

5 comments:

  1. Awesome find! Love the fluffy fledglings!

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  2. I have just spent a good part of the late morning looking at your site's info on learning to take photographs...and then the fledgling Loggerheads flew into my inbox. Any chance you could teach me some things on my Nikon?  I will be in the Tampa area for 6 months to a year. I know little and would like to take even 1 high quality photograph. I will gladly travel to you or meet you anywhere.

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  3. They are too cute! What a great find; your daughter must be a natural:)

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