Feathered Friday – A couple of Crow visits in June 2017

Before I get to the pictures of crow visits in June 2017, I just wanted to mention that August has been a particularly challenging month on many fronts [NOTE TO MY MOTHER: No, mom – there’s nothing going on that you’re unaware of, promise! So please don’t panic…. this has been a parental mental health service announcement… 😂 ]. And while I was hoping to have new shots to share for a Market Friday post, I didn’t have the opportunity to snag any, so I had to dip into my archives again. All was not lost, though – I do have some new photos I took yesterday that I’m hoping to have edited in time for a Sublime Sunday post.

Speaking of editing, I thought I’d take a minute to explain what I mean by that, as different shutterbugs have different ideas as to what that means. For many years, I prided myself on not doing anything to my photos other than reducing the size, and sometimes cropping. I got it in my head that if I wanted to capture Mother Nature through my lens, I was doing her a disservice if I did anything else to my photographs.

Then, after a number of discussions with some photog friends, as well as reading different posts on the subject, I started doing small tweaks on some shots here and there. Mostly I simply adjust the exposure on PicMonkey, but every now and again, I’ll edit out nasty blobs of bird poop little bits.

That being said, some of my favorite photographers obviously spend a great deal of time in post-production, cleaning up and perfecting their captures. And that’s probably one of the reasons I’m having so much fun playing around with edits for tags like Sepia Saturday, since I’ve never really given myself to go wild and crazy with my wildlife captures.

All of which is a very long-winded introduction to my latest contribution to the Feathered Friday tag that @melinda010100 has kept flying on the Steem blockchain. But one last thing before I get started with my shots – be sure to check out the post Melinda did for this week’s Feathered Friday. She has some awesome seagull captures!

Now here are sixteen shots from June 4th, and June 7th 2017 from my rather large unedited photo collection (which is actually different from my other rather large edited but not published photo collection 😜).

A couple of Crow visits in June 2017


 
 
crow visits in June 2017
Around 8am on June 4th 2017, I spotted a pair of crows outside. While it was easy for me to see them, I decided to add a couple of arrows, just in case.

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
This is the smaller crow (who I called Smalls) on the lower left branch…

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
…and this is Biggs, who I later called Angel, perched on the upper right.

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
I think I’ve been spotted!

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
Smalls doesn’t seemed particularly concerned with me snapping a bazillion shots.

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
About 20 minutes later, Biggs/Angel came down from the tree and grabbed a stale piece of peasant bread I’d tossed out as a bribe treat

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
Smalls flew over to this branch for a bite too

 
 
crow visits in June 2017
I’m not positive, but I think here he was saying, “thanks, crazy bird lady!”

 
 
A few days later, and a half hour earlier, Angel stopped by again.

 
 
Based on other, not share-worthy shots, Smalls visited too, but hung back in the greenery, while Angel perched and preened in the sunshine.

 
 
“I just washed my hair and can’t do a thing with it!”

 
 
I think he’s showing off a bit for his lady love

 
 
Or maybe just being silly!

 
 
Whatever the case, he’s definitely being thorough!

 
 
One last good shake…

 
 
…before he turned into a shy guy. A moment later, he flew away.

 
 

Happy Feathered Friday!


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