Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Early Morning

It's great to get well lit and detailed portraits of birds - but it's also great to get photos of birds in the landscape - or in this case - the 'sky-scape'.
My family room looks out to the north-east through sliding glass doors. I frequently sit there first thing in the morning and watch the sun come up and the birds begin to wake. The other morning this Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) sat high in the tree.

Spangled Drongos are glossy black birds with a long fish-shaped tail. They twitch this tail backwards and forwards.

They are noisy birds and this one soon called a mate to sit up there and make their raucous voices heard. Of course, the colors of the sunrise were changing all the time.

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25 comments:

  1. I really like the silhouette of this bird...against the dawn sky, he's so lovely!

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  2. Another new bird for me Mick. Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. thats some great photos in silhouette

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  4. Noisy chatterers silhouetted against the dawn hues ... Super.

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  5. Impressive shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. I think they are so beautiful, birds against that lovely colour! I kind of like silhouettes too!
    Thanks for your kind comment, Mick!
    Greetings Pia

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  7. Beautiful silhouettes Mick!

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  8. Why is it that nature chose to give the beautiful black birds such annoying voices (annoying to us, not to themselves, I am sure). All of our blackbirds are that way and it is sad because I love having them around, but the noise that a group of them can conjure up is mind boggling. Your Spangled Drongos look like they are really quite pretty, though black birds are hard to see any detail on. The tails are a delight .. enjoyed this post against the morning sun rise ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  9. Wonderful silhouette shots! The colorful sky is gorgeous! Happy Birding!

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  10. Great shots of drongo against the sky.

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  11. Lovely silhouettes Mick. I remember seeing drongos in India with the same shaped tails but I guess those were different species.

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  12. Nice pictures - good to see a bird shot that is a little different to a field guide!

    Fairy Wrens are just bundles of pure movement.

    Thanks for linking to WBW.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  13. a beautiful time of day and wonderful snapshots Mick

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  14. Enjoyed this. Whenever I get a chance to photograph Spangled drongos I'm always trying to do the tail justice! Well done!

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  15. What a wonderful way to start the day Mick. I'm a sunrise freak as well and love it when the birds start their morning concert.

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  16. Very beautiful compositions. I'm guilty of focusing all the attention on the bird and forgetting its lovely surroundings.

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  17. Lovely silhouettes! I love the early morning hours!

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  18. Honestly I absolutely love the name of that bird! Sounds like something out of an Edward Lear poem. He's quite impressive in that beautiful light too.

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  19. this is beautiful shots Mick. I love them. :)

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  20. ...these images are stunning. And serene.

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  21. Mick, wonderful images! And without leaving the house!

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