Recently we had a really heavy snowfall for around here, and it wasn’t the only one this winter, and nothing bodes well for photography like unusual weather conditions so I headed out early in the morning to see what I could see. The snow was about 8 inches deep and still coming down, and after considering heading up to Savage Neck Dune Preserve, a drive of about 15 miles on snow-covered roads, I decided to just drive the mile or so to the woods near Sea Glass Beach.
Shortly after I started walking around I came across a scene that I knew had potential, a group of several little Chipping Sparrows eating seeds from the few long grass heads that weren’t yet covered up by the snow. They would jump on top of the grass and ride it to the ground, and then pluck a few seeds before jumping over to the next, and I swear they seemed to be having a lot of fun with it.
I laid down as close as they would let me get and spent an hour or so trying to capture a sharp close up portrait, and they were very high energy and quick and were not making it easy for me. I stayed put until the snow melting on my exposed camera and lens somehow got between them and gave me a terrifying Error 1 message, but after heading home and drying both out, they work just fine.
My favorite photo from the morning, a Sparrow glances at me momentarily with a seed in its beak. Although it looks like it was holding still for me, it was probably looking at me for much less than one second, and I was just lucky enough to get the shot.
The same bird as in the above photo I believe, I caught it mid-hop as it bounced around on the snow looking for food.
Birds of a feather. The sparse grass against the white snow made for an interesting backdrop for these photos, as in this one of two sparrows perched on a grass stalk together.
This bird was actually in this position for an impossibly long 2 or 3 seconds, flapping it’s wings hard trying to reach the little seed, so I had time to get it in the frame.
This was the view across the bay from the beach near our house the other day. Normally the sun is bright until it dips below the horizon here, but I guess when there’s the right amount of clouds or haze obscuring it you get this effect.
A bunch of seagulls flying somewhere to roost at sunset.