“Junco in Mulberry”
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd
Our recent heavy snowfall has brought with it an abundance of birds seeking food, reminding me to fill the feeders. Today, our mulberry was filled with Juncos, dozens of them. They are strange little birds, as they will not go to the feeders, but rather, wait below it to gather up whatever the chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays drop.
I love the look of the juncos, with their pure white bellies and dark backs. This also makes them a bit of a challenge to photograph, since the white belly often blows the photo out, while making it difficult to bring out the details in the dark part, most particularly the eyes.
Fortunately, the dull, post-storm skies balanced out the light nicely and made this image possible.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200