I photographed this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in mid-May in Peace Valley park. It was great day, warm and sunny, which meant we saw a lot of birds darting about above us. The gnatcatcher is an extremely skittish bird, so I’m quite pleased with myself for having captured this pose. Nevertheless, it is a rather boring photo.
In this next photo I was (luckily) able to capture it in mid-air with it’s wings spread out, a strikingly good pose. The bird is slightly blurred out and a faster shutter speed would have definitely helped. Despite that, I love this photo. The pose, the colors both work very well for me. So much so, this was my phone wallpaper for quite long.
This photo was taken moments after the one above. After having landed on the branch, the gnatcather paused for a brief moment which let make this sharp image. The exposure this this photo is exactly the same as earlier, which means I get the same beautiful colors. But the pose is not quite as dramatic.