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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/06/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Richmond, VA
Notes: After seeing so many different species enjoying the presence of water in my backyard, I have come to appreciate the diversity of plumages in genders as well. The thought occurred to me when I was presenting a program recently, that this birdbath has been an avenue to see many female birds that have an alternate plumage. In most species the male does a majority of the song singing as a means of attracting a mate, while the females are much less audible. As a life long birder, having learned the calls of many species, I never realized how much fewer female plumage birds I have seen over time. This is simply due to the fact that the males are easier to locate by sound. Often the location of the plumage patterns are very similar in a species, but the coloration will be more Earth-toned in the female. Perhaps to conceal her while on the nest? This holds true for the Towhee (SEE: PIC OF THE WEEK 01/19/15) as well. The male counterpart had the same white belly and rusty flanks, but is black from the neck up all the way to the tip of his tail. This is replaced with a rich warm brown in the female.

 

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Remote Shutter Release
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/8000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 2500 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 04-20-15

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