Big Sigh!

© Bunny Snow

Big Sigh!

Uploaded: March 14, 2010


A grackle tripled in size after sighing deeply shortly after the birds chased a hawk away from their nests.

2010 March 14, 15:27:12 p.m.
Edited in Camera Raw
F5.6@1/1250 Sec., ISO 1600; partial metering
Focal length: 420.0 mm
No flash.
Tripod from bathroom window.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 420.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Joy Rector March 15, 2010

beautiful #1248541

Dr Silly level-classic March 15, 2010

Awesome colors and capture. :O) #8456406

Bunny Snow March 15, 2010

Thank you Joy and Doc.

I have a series of several images leading into the big sigh, and then his expression when it was all over. All that I need now is the time and patience to put them together in a composite somehow on that branch.

It's fun capturing birds. They don't look at their watches, stamp their feet, or complain.;-) #8456785

Mitch Spence level-classic March 18, 2010

Nicely captured, Bunny. Grackles can be such pests sometimes that we forget they also have their own shimmering beauty, which you've caught beautifully here. #8463587

Bunny Snow March 18, 2010

Thank you for your kind comments, Mitch. The lustrous rainbowlike play of color of the grackles feathers have long fascinated me even though the birds can be mean, predatory, and steal seeds from other birds, even kill other smaller birds. I've learned much while capturing them.

Currently, I'm working on a composite of the Sigh from before it occurred to afterwards. It's kind of like having a balloon, blowing it up, and letting the air out, in the way the birds body and expression changes. I thought it funny and yet, fun, at the same time.

For me this is a challenge of major proportion.

Again, I appreciate your comment on my image. Thank you.


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