Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

June 19, 2009

Verdin and Fairy Duster

Filed under: Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light, style — richditch @ 4:06 pm


I was able to spend a couple hours Thursday just after dawn at the Gilbert Water Ranch. We’ve had some welcome “cool” temperatures this month (in Phoenix that means just under 100 degrees), and often with some light overcast skies to go with it.

I didn’t have any subjects in mind (other than a check on the juvenile Green Herons), and didn’t really expect much more than a pleasant walk and some needed exercise.

I checked out a small bush not far from the parking lot that my friend Brendon has found productive, and it was quite active with a few Verdins and a Lucy’s Warbler. I took a number of shots here and figured I’d end up deleting them: these tiny birds are very active; there wasn’t a lot of light; clear views were hard to find.

So, I was delighted to find this image in the series. It shows a juvenile Verdin momentarily motionless on a tiny mesquite branch tangled up with a Fairy Duster. All this against the side of the restrooms still in shadow for the very nice slate gray background.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/80th second at f/5.6. Natural light only (worth the risk as flash would likely ruin the directional natural light that gives the image depth). About 70% of full frame


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