Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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.

NikonD7200, Nikkor 200-500mm | 1/1000, f/5.6 @ ISO 100

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.

Nikon D7200, Nikkor 200-500mm | 1/1000, f/5.6 @ ISO 360

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.

Nikon D7200, Nikkor 200-500mm | 1/1000, f/5.6 @ ISO 360

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