…morning light is magic…

Bronzed Cowbird

One of my favorite birds from my last trip to Santa Clara Ranch was the Bronzed Cowbird.   They have a bronzed iridescence and their eyes turn red during breeding season.  When trying to impress a potential mate, the male will vibrate his wings and hover in the air a few feet off of the ground.  Got lucky on the last day and caught that behavior with the last two photos.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II on Wimberley II gimbal head mounted on a tripod

Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F5.6, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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4 responses

  1. Terrific photographs!

    August 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    • Thanks Belinda. He was a very fun bird to photograph.

      August 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

  2. I agree terrific!

    August 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    • Thanks Victor. I’m looking forward to going back again with one more trip in the plan for this year.

      August 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm

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