Sitting here on my porch, listening to the chickadees chirp in the nearby tree, as I wait to go look for butterflies I took a few minutes to browse through some recent but older photographs. I came across this one of a yellow headed blackbird which I quickly realized I have not posted yet. I have to admit I can’t remember the exact location where the image was photographed but chances are it was on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.
It isn’t anything fancy or of a unique behavior but rather just a nice pose of a beautiful bird. I remember it was hard to get the image I wanted with the head turned the right way. Birds can be frustrating subjects to photograph in an artsy way because they never seem to pose the way the image in my head calls for.
The background came out how I love, clean, smooth and of a soft color. It’s simple but to me at least it speaks volumes. I like bird portraits like this, one that lets the beauty of the bird tell the story. I could actually look at this for hours and I have often glanced at it as I peruse through my images from time to time.
Even though it is expected to be near or at 100 degrees today the yellow headed blackbird days here in northern Utah for this year are numbered. With the efforts of another breeding season winding down it won’t be long before mother nature signals them to head south for the winter. That’s ok because it just means another spring isn’t far behind. A funny thing to say I know when it is still 100 degrees in the dead of summer but I always appreciate the changing of the seasons and the changing of the things out in nature to go look for and photograph.