15 Jan Unexpected Grey Day....

by Russell Smith January. 16, 2021 239 views

Cold front was suppose to push through the night of the 14th and 15th and be clear and breezy. They missed the snow/rain on the backside of the system. So my plans to take an afternoon walk with clear skys and a light breeze was well not in the cards.

The cards were WINDY and Grey with flurries. I already had plans to get up to the graveyard to see what I could see for birds and if I could try a different focal length for the headstones.

This is one of the headstones that I had missed until this day. The anchor is what caught my eye. Shortly after this image there was a flurry of bird activity before the next round of wind and pelting snow came through and in the period of 15min I saw around 30 species of birds then nada.

This guy was one of two mixed into a flock of Robins (American) . While I am not happy with with this image as a final image for this speices or one I can print it is 1000000x better than what I had so I will take an improvement. The background is cluttered for my liking but I do like the moment. It is a cedar waxwing.

Color makes it so much easier to ID the bird if you are not use to seeing it. The crest and black stripe are two major clues for me. The color/s are the next clue.

Now the question is what are we going to do today Brain???? (reference from Pinky and the Brain).

Join the conversation
7
There are 7 comments , add yours!
Antonio Gil 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Love the rough textures of #1

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you. I do love old headstones the textures and the way they are done make them quite special to me.

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Gethin Thomas 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Our waxwings are a little different. I had always wondered why they were called waxwings. I discovered it is the tiny red dot on the wings which is the colour of age old traditional sealing wax for letters which was that same red colour. So it looked like they had accidentally dipped the ends of their wings in sealing wax. Strangely, I too was photographing gravestones this afternoon. smile

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Assuming that the species is the same yes they do have some color variants mostly  depending on breeding season. This was one of the more dull colors that I have seen and honestly the light has little to do whit that part.

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Looks like you made the most out of the disappointing weather, Amigo! 
Love the subjects and treatments, as well as your entertaining commentary! 
Happy New Year & all the years to come!smile

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you :)

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Always a pleasure, Amigo!

2 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com