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PIC OF THE WEEK: 05/16/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

(Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: For the past three years, this species has visited my backyard each spring. I knew in an instant he was here, when I saw this mid-sized, checker board backed bird fly up into the large oak tree as it left the birdfeeder. As a member of the Cardinal family, he was content to eat from the safflower hopper, but seemed to prefer the wildlife seed brick the most. I was hopeful he would hang around a few days and grace the backyard feeders, but he stayed only two and a half. His crisp, clear Robin like song could be heard over the rest of the morning chorus, then he would appear at the feeders for a little while. It had been several days since we had any rain, so I knew he would be at the birdbath sooner or later. I set up the blind and waited. He visited that area three or four times that day and I was blessed to be there and waiting. The partly cloudy skies and shade from a tall oak tree provided enough soft light for good exposure. This is another difficult bird to photograph because of his beep black back and stark white under belly. Even the rosy patch on his front is easily over exposed. This photo is a real contender for this year's calendar cover!

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm F-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Manfroto Tripod • Doghouse Blind

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/400 second • Aperture = f 7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 05-11-11

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