Taken with the Nikon D80 set in Programmed Mode and the 70 to
300mm lens with VR reduction.Focal length 300; 1/400 sec - F/5.6Photo was brightened, sharpened and color boosted in Picture Project which only changed it slightly.
It's autumn and the cowbirds, blackbirds and grackles are all gathering on the utility wires around agricultural areas and wetlands. I photographed these two just before sunset on November 2, in Coolidge, AZ. I've been experimenting with trying some other settings on my Nikon D80 since Troy of Ramblings Around Texas and I had a long conversation on the phone one day. So, I've moved off of Auto Mode and into Programmed. This photo and last week's Eurasian Collared Dove were both taken using the Programmed Mode. I like the golden light cast by the setting sun. It makes even the utility pole look inviting. While the golden light distorts the color of the birds somewhat, I believe these are brown-headed cowbirds due to the shape of their beaks. Blackbirds have a more pointy beak and grackles are much larger.
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Somewhere out here a Burrowing Owl waits for me!