I would love to travel all over and take photos of birds in the wild. For now, I go outside and take photos of local birds, or I visit my favorite–the San Diego Zoo–to capture exotic birds. I have included a few birds here, both in color and also in black and white, for Cee’s Black and White Challenge (CBWC): Birds. (The bird at the top of the post is a Spotted Laughing Thrush at the San Diego Zoo, normally located in India and China.)
I love attempting the black-and-white photo editing, especially with my favorite birds. They have so many details to them. This last photo is of a hawk that has been waking me up early every day, screeching and squawking around the pine trees by my house. He landed on my fence while I was inside, drinking coffee. I tried to run and grab my Nikon, quickly snapped a photo through the sliding glass door, but then he flew off before I could get outside for a clearer shot. Unfortunately, the light was shining through my stained-glass front door all the way to the back of the house and causing a terrible reflection on the sliding glass door. I tried to edit this photo the best that I could with that glare. I saw another hawk nearby making similar noises, so either there’s a bunch of adolescent hawks calling for their mommy, or it is mating season. Either way, it is fun to watch the birds and try to photograph them!