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snowyEgretatBolsa Chica

420mm f6.3 250iso 1/2500sec

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Bird Sleep

Sleeping Flamingo

300mm f3.5 200iso 1/320sec

One thing that I wonder about from time to time is how do birds sleep and where and when do they sleep? Not really a burning question I have made it this for without  digging around for the answer but today is the day to start answering the questions.

Sleep is a very different experience for birds, they must at all times maintain vigilance for predators so sleeping generally occurs in very short bursts. There are even times when birds sleep with one eye open with enough brain functionality to detect predators. This is called Unihemispheric slow-wave sleep (USWS). There is even evidence suggesting that some birds are capable of sleeping during flight. More mundane routines of avian sleep usually involve going to a familiar safe place, nest, or common roosting area and sleeping by crouching but still standing using a wing to prop the head and if need be nestling into feathers. Seasons also have an effect on where birds sleep, obviously during breeding times they tend to sleep at the nest and at other times will be more inclined to seek out groups. For water birds a safe roosting area is usually standing in shallow water or on islands predators can’t approach. Ground birds like quail will hide out in dense vegetation and birds that nest in cavities tend to sleep in trees and  structures.

One of the remarkable things about USWS, call it sleeping with one eye open, birds employ is that there are some properties unique to birds. According to Niles Rattenborg behavioral neurophysiologist at Indiana State University, other animals like Dolphins and Seals have USWS but only birds are able to turn it on and off at will and have some control over the level of awareness.

Hey gang, hope you found today’s subject as interesting as I did. Until next time Happy Shooting.


Flamingo at San Diego Zoo

300mm f3.5 200iso 1/250sec.

When it comes to graphics design expertise I am not far beyond the “I know what I like” stage, and that is why I rely on a color wheel. Using the color wheel makes it easy to select complimentary colors in design and layout. Complimentary colors are a big important thing you see, they are traditionally the base of all color design. Colors that compliment each other create a visually pleasing often times, soothing appearance while contrasting or conflicting colors create a stark contrast and carries a certain “shock” factor grabbing your attention in a more uncomfortable way. Unlike many, I suppose, I see great value in both and maybe that is why I am not past the know what I like phase. It is very important though to know what complimentary colors are and for that matter, primary colors, RGB color and all that jazz.

Just like any other form of art bird photography requires a working knowledge of how complimentary colors work also. You really do need to design the photograph you are going to make. Beyond composition, or perhaps better said, part of composition is considering the color elements of the scene. For example, right now is springtime and foliage backgrounds are for the most part going to be green. If your goal is to creating a complimentary image you are going to want a subject whose colors compliment green. Off to the color wheel and we see that you are going to shoot a subject that has some red to pinkish colors. If your intended subject has other colors you may be better off trying to shoot against the blue sky or some body of water.
BTW-White birds work well everywhere.

Yeah I know what you are thinking, “I’m lucky to get what I get”, and that is true to a great extent. Reality is that most of the time exactly what and where we shoot is beyond our control but for that one in a thousand or one in ten thousand chance you want to have that extra little bit going for you and amazing as it is, the more you work at it the better your luck gets. Planning out your color schemes will give just a little edge to making better photographs and will help in a big way in determining when and where you are going to shoot


Using the color wheel is easy, just pick your color and then look at the color on the opposite side of the wheel and that is your complimentary color.

That’s it for today. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope this little nugget of truth and pretty picture help make your day just a little bit better.

Be Good….Ron

The Wonder Years

Sleeping Flamingo at San Diego Zoo

300mm f3.5 200iso 1/320sec

Lately I have been dealing with a person who only does things because he can. Never could I imagine that this person would give a second thought as to why something needs to be done or even if it should be done. “I can do it, I want to do it, so it has to be done” is the attitude. After too many times of asking myself “why do such things” I have now become indifferent to anything produced by that individual. Working without purpose is at best a hit and miss affair, rarely addressing the issues of the day and I find it rather uninspiring in most cases. Reality is that the “because I can” mindset simply boils down to a “look what I can do” grab for attention. Kind of immature I think.

Seeing this day in and day out has led me to look at my own purpose in Avian photography. One of the things I have been doing is review my intentions before every shoot. When I get in the truck I always run my mental check list. “What is my purpose-why am I going out today? What am I trying to accomplish, what can I reasonably expect to achieve, and what are my wildest expectations? I answer all those questions before I start the engine. Coincidentally, that little exercise always puts me in a very good mood and helps me stay focused on the task of the day. I have a number of long term projects that make it a lot easier to shoot with purpose and there is always a need somewhere for a really good image. As I get a little older and wiser I also at times take a moment to ponder the purpose of each image I make. No small task because it is easy to get caught up in the moment but taking the time to think about the reason why and the place each shot will hold is invaluable.

My advice to anyone wanting to examine their purpose for making photographs is to drill down beyond the usual reasons. It is all very nice to think purpose is because of the love of the game or because I really really like Bald Eagles but try to hone in on those things that are meaningfull to you. It could be something like wanting to do a picture book about Raptors of the West Coast or maybe just birds in flight carrying prey. What ever that is get down to the nitty gritty and make that your purpose.

The moral of the story is have a reason to shoot. Having purpose leads to better vision and drive. In the coming weeks I will share with you my take on vision and drive too.

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