John Avise’s “Faux Duck O’ the Week” feature will be back Sunday, but I also have some themed bird pictures from him. The theme today: bird shadows. John’s comments and IDs are indented. Click on photos to enlarge them.
In an earlier post, Jerry showed a batch of my bird photos that I referred to as “avian reflections”. The current batch of photos I call “avian shadows.” Much like bird reflections, shadows can give you “two views of a bird for the price of one”. One difference between a shadow and a reflection is that a shadow is always black whereas a reflection can be in color.
It’s relatively easy to photograph a bird with its shadow. Just follow these simple instructions:
(a) choose a sunny day;
(b) go out early or late in the day so that the sun is not too directly
(c) find a suitable “blank canvas” (such as a clean sandy beach) for a
(d) find a cooperative bird;
(e) have the bird stand or fly sideways to the sun;
(f) compose the picture so both the bird and the shadow are captured;
(g) and, finally, get lucky.
The following photos offer examples of the kinds of shadowy outcomes you might then expect. The last photograph is a “triple header” showing both a reflection and a shadow in addition to the bird itself. Now my ongoing quest is to photograph a reflection of a shadow, or even a shadow of a reflection!
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola):
Great Egret (Ardea alba):
Green Heron (Butorides virescens):
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa):
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis):
Sanderling (Calidris alba):
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula):
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia):
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis):
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus):
Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus):
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala):
Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni):
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta):
Sanderling (Calidris alba) reflection + shadow: