Ahhh fall, one of my favorite times to photograph birds. Although many of my personal favorites have left for the winter (smart birds), there are still plenty that are sticking around (and showing up) providing an abundance of opportunities. It’s Mother Nature’s gift of providing us with an incredible backdrop to work with that makes fall wildlife photography so interesting. Let’s face it, the beautiful palette has already been provided. What touches we decide to add to that piece of work becomes the art we can cherish as our own.
I particularly love when the colors match the bird’s feet, beak, or certain features in a subtle way as they do with this Bald Eagle, the Cormorants and Wild Turkeys.
Other favorites of mine are when the eyes pop and are heightened by matching leaves, as in the three following images of a Juvenile Bald Eagle, Common Grackle, and Northern Mockingbird.
The fall reflections on the water created the perfect blend for this Wood Duck. I think every color is represented (except for the brilliant glowing red of the eye, but who’s counting – you get the point).
This Juvenile Eagle, as if on cue, flew straight into the patch of changing leaves just as Mother Nature used her magic wand to splash some of the sun’s last bit of light onto its wing.
This Juvenile Bald Eagle seemed at peace just admiring the colors…
Of course it’s always a treat to photograph other special creatures whose path I might happen to cross during this time.
We are at our peak now, so grab your camera, get out there, and create, create, create!